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Science Research: GA Students Win Seven First Place Awards at PJAS State Competition

On Monday, May 16, 2017, seven Germantown Academy Upper School science research students competed at the 82nd annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) State Competition at Penn State University. Impressively, all seven students earned first place awards, including freshman Matt Sandifer '20, who received a perfect score. Sandifer and Brynne DiDonato '19 were also recipients of the PJAS Junior High Directors Award in Zoology.

"Please congratulate all of these students as they worked hard to design their projects, collect data, prepare a PowerPoint presentation, and spend three days competing in a science fair," said Director of Science Research Sarah Kesten.

Grade Name Category Title Place Special Awards
9 Matt Sandifer Zoology The Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Drosophila suzukii 1st Place Perfect Score, PJAS Junior High Directors Award in Zoology
9 Marius Vava Computer Science Concussion Tracking with a Smartphone 1st Place
9 Tiffany Zhong Computer Science Cloud Computing Performance 1st Place
10 Jason Chee Chemistry Super-Hydrophobic Surfaces using Silicon Nanoparticles 1st Place
10 Brynne DiDonato Zoology Effect of Vitamin D and Probiotics on Neurons of C. elegans 1st Place PJAS Senior High Directors Award in Zoology
11 Miles Hanamirian Behavioral Science Exposure to Nature Enhances Mental Health 1st Place
11 Andrew Luo Engineering Formation of a Patterned Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Surface 1st Place