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OCHS Students Impress at PJAS State Competition

Each year, Oakland Catholic's most curious scientific minds seek to better understand the world we live in through authentic research and share their findings at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competitions. This May, after receiving well-deserved First Awards at the Regional Competition, eight Oakland Catholic students took their research to Penn State's campus to participate in the 84th annual PJAS State Competition. Accompanied by biology teacher Ms. Loraine Benedik, the following students joined approximately 3,000 other future biologists, chemists, engineers and more from twelve regions in Pennsylvania. Following another round of oral presentations, judges awarded every single OC competitor with a state-level First Award, in addition to several other distinguished honors. Amazing work, young scientists - we're so proud of you!

  • Madison DeMarino - First
  • Isabella Florian - First; Society of Women Engineers Award
  • Marie Gerges - First; Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Excellence Award
  • Carolyn Guzikowski - First; Duane Keenan Award in Biochemistry; Director's Award in Memory of the Sister M. Gabrielle Maze; Dr. James Manner Award given by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemist Society for Excellence in Chemistry
  • Cassandra Moats - First; Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Achievement for Scientific Excellence
  • Maile Oravitz - First
  • Mallory Sherman - First
  • Gia Walker - First


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