Bensalem Students Shine at PJAS Virtual Competition

This has been a year like no oth­er for so many of us, includ­ing our pre­sen­ters at this year’s Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition.  While usu­al­ly held in per­son at Snyder Middle School on the last Saturday in February, the for­mat this year switched to an asyn­chro­nous vir­tu­al meet in order to accom­mo­date pan­dem­ic restric­tions.  Despite all the chal­lenges and changes to their exper­i­ments and pre­sen­ta­tions that had to be made to meet these accom­mo­da­tions, our stu­dents exceed­ed all expectations.

Thirty-seven Bensalem High School stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ed with twenty-six stu­dents earn­ing first place awards.  Congratulations to: Ali Ahmad, Danielle Armstrong, Sia Desai, Sofia Ferrandez, Krishiv Gandhi, Tiffany Gao, Kaitlyn Higgins, Jeffrey Ho, Kathleen Ho, Taylor Hood (Perfect Score), Hugh Kominsky, Julia Mathews, Brian Olsen, Maxwell Palamarchuk, Shiv Parekh, Mohak Parmar, Aastha Patel, Aayushi Patel, Astha Patel, Gunjan Patel, Jia Patel, Jiya Patel, Mahi K. Patel, Diya Shah, Zaid Shaik, and Vedika Sharma.

The eleven BHS stu­dents who earned sec­ond place awards are: Edward Barber, Sara Devlin, David Larbi, Patrick Le, Asha Paul, Sami Rana, Aditya Rao, Ayush Patel, Krina Patel, Neesha Patel, and Shivam Patel.

The high school stu­dents were spon­sored by Mrs. Lisa Tokmajian. 

In the Middle School Division, two Cecelia Snyder Middle School stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ed with both earn­ing first place awards.  Congratulations to: Michael Larbi and Diya Patel.

The Snyder stu­dents were spon­sored by Miss Kate Liese and Mr. Tom Hoffman.

Earning a first place award will allow these tal­ent­ed young sci­en­tists to com­pete at the vir­tu­al PJAS State Meet in May. Congratulations to all our participants!