Scientific stalwarts.

That may best describe a group of students at St. John Neumann Regional School based on their impressive performance at the Region 3 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science event held recently at Easton High School.

Students who participated were asked to present projects they wanted to research, and through experiments, find the answers. It was a chore SJNRS students were more than up to, as they took home first and second place finishes.

The SJNRS students, the place they finished, and the category they competed in, are eighth graders Aiden Hinchey, first place, Chemistry; Dennis Lupin, first, Physics; Michelle McCawley, first, Physics; Kashia Zukowski, first, Chemistry; Sarah Kester, second, Physics; Camaryn Wheeler, second, Physics; and Johanna Matsko, second, Physics.

Matsko said that as a result of the competition, she is now "more comfortable speaking in front of people."

Wheeler added "it was real nerve-wrecking, but we got through it."

Instructor Fran Lenahan said the students earned the recognition.

"They did all the work," Lenahan said. "It was about scientific method, and they had to put it into practice."

Those who placed first get to present their projects at the PJAS State competition May 12-14 at the main campus of Penn State University in State College.

The PJAS is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

Pupils in grades K-3 attend St. John's Slatington campus, while students in grades 4-8 attend its Palmerton campus.

To arrange a personal tour of the school, call the Slatington campus at (610) 787-2935, or the Palmerton campus at (610) 826-2354.

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