Freeport Area students compete at PJAS and PRSEF


It is with great pride that we announce the names of the Freeport Area High School and Middle School students whose work was recognized at the Pittsburgh Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) competitions held in February and March.  In all, 19 Freeport Area School District students from grades 7-12 participated, with overwhelming success.  All 19 Freeport Area students will move on to the state competition to be held at Penn State University in May.  Many thanks to Mrs. Savage for putting in hundreds of hours to help ensure our students' success in the competition, and to our parents for their unwavering and vital support. 


PJAS is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.  PJAS is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science with the following objectives:  to promote greater participation in science and mathematics activities among the youth of Pennsylvania; to improve the quality of achievement in mathematics and science by encouraging students to participate in research and develop original ideas; to develop an understanding of the scientific community through close association with leaders in the sciences; to seek the improvement of science clubs activities through the cooperative regional and state meetings; to inculcate among its members true scientific attitudes and humanistic ideals that shall lead to the greater development of service to man.


PRSEF invites middle and high school students to take on the challenge of designing, implementing, and communicating an original experiment while competing for cash prizes and scholarships.  PRSEF is open to all students in grades 6-12 from the 21 counties within Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland. The Science Fair has been a Pittsburgh tradition since 1940. It is also the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science, which runs the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition.





7th Grade:

-Pavana Bhat - 1st place award (PJAS)


8th Grade: 

Liliana Claditis -  1st place award (PJAS), 2nd place Biology Intermediate Division $75 Award (PRSEF)

Jacob Franks -  1st place award (PJAS), Eaton $50 Award (PRSEF), PPG $50 Award (PRSEF)

Evan Michelini -  1st place award (PJAS)

Emma Michelini -  1st place award (PJAS)

JJ Nicolls -  1st place award (PJAS), 3rd place Behavioral and Social Science Intermediate Division $35 Award (PRSEF)


9th Grade:

Audrey Gregori
1st place award (PJAS), HATCH $50 Award (PRSEF)

Anne Lindsay
1st place award (PJAS), Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh $50 Award (PRSEF), Junior Scientist Award (PRSEF)

Ashley Arner
Junior Scientist Award (PRSEF)


10th Grade:

Anita Bhat
1st place award (PJAS), 1st Place $300 Award (PRSEF), American Statistical Association $50 Award (PRSEF), Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center $50 Award (PRSEF), Seton Hill University $8,000 Scholarship (PRSEF), Associate Scientist Award (PRSEF)

Anand Bhat
1st place award (PJAS), Associate Scientist Award (PRSEF)

Colton Brenneman
1st place award (PJAS), Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Society $50 Award (PRSEF), Associate Scientist Award (PRSEF)

Olivia Giancola
1st place award (PJAS)

Hadley Hellgren
1st place award (PJAS)

Grace Seita
1st place award (PJAS), Mt. Aloysius University $10,000 Scholarship (PRSEF), Seton Hill University $8,000 Scholarship (PRSEF), Associate Scientist Award (PRSEF)

Elise Whitlinger
1st place award (PJAS), Perfect score award (PJAS), Magee Women's Research Internship (PRSEF), Associate Scientist Award (PRSEF)


11th Grade:

Elsie Lindsay
1st place award (PJAS), Gannon University $8,000 Scholarship (PRSEF), IUP $30,000 Scholarship (PRSEF), Theil College $2,000 Scholarship (PRSEF). Associate Scientist Award (PRSEF), ALCOSAN $50 Award (PRSEF)


12th Grade:

Maggie Hollobaugh
1st place award (PJAS), 3rd Place $75 Award (PRSEF), Honorary Scientist Award (PRSEF)

Congratulations to all of our winners!!




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