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Three Bethel Park High School Students Win At PJAS

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Three Bethel Park High School students earned one First Place and two Second Place awards at the 83rd Annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition, which was held on February 4 at Duquesne University.

Earning a First Place award for her project, “Geopolymer Concrete: The New Standard?” was senior Jessica Viehman. She is now eligible to compete at the State PJAS competition, which will be held in May on the Penn State University campus.

In addition to her First Place award, Jessica also received the $100 Carnegie Mellon University Award for Excellence in Materials Science, from the Gounaris Research Group in CMU’s Department of Chemical Engineering; the $100 Carnegie Mellon University Civil and Environmental Engineering Chi Epsilon Award from the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society; and the $100 Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Achievement for Scientific Excellence. Additionally, Jessica received the PJAS Perseverance Award for successfully completing six years of competition in this program.

Earning Second Place Awards were junior Greydon Tomkowitz for his project, “Analysis of the Stroop Effect Across Disciplines” and freshman Arhat Pradhan for his project, “How Clean Are Our Hands?”

The students were prepared for this competition by Bethel Park High School Science Teachers Barbara Eisel and Randi Durmis.