Students place in science competition

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Seven Fox Chapel Area High School students recently won awards in the State Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Fox Chapel Area first-place state winners were senior Lakshanya Rajaganapathi; juniors Anna Delale-O’Connor, Etash Jhanji and Varnujah Rengaramanujam Kanagaraj; and freshman Rachel Kim. The second-place state winner was freshman Heidi Stiger. Additionally, Lakshanya received a Perfect Score Award, an Excellence in Biology Award and a Perseverance Award; Etash won a Perfect Score Award; and senior Adhitya Thirumala received a Perseverance Award.

The participating Fox Chapel Area High School students were among students in grades 7-12 from across Pennsylvania who qualified to participate in the state PJAS competition. The students researched their science projects for several months and were required to give an oral presentation on their projects in front of a panel of judges.

The state competition was held at Penn State University (Main Campus) May 19-21, 2024. All of the Fox Chapel Area students participating at the state level were named first-place winners at the annual Region 7 Meeting of the PJAS in February.