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Winners Announced for Annual Science Challenge for High School Students

4/21/2009 —

Penn State Beaver and NOVA Chemicals, Inc. recently co-hosted the 14th annual Midwestern Pennsylvania Association of Science Teachers (MidPAST) Science Challenge in the Beaver campus Michael Baker Engineering Building. Thirty-six students participated from 9 area high schools: Ambridge, Blackhawk, Moon, New Brighton, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Quaker Valley, Riverside, South Side, and Western Beaver.


The program allows high school students to participate in a unique laboratory competition. Each team of two students must test its laboratory skills against other teams. All teams were required to complete two experiments in chemistry, two in physics, and two in biology within a three-hour time frame. Highest score recipients received U.S. Savings Bonds and their teacher-coaches received gift cards.

Winners were:

First Place: Anthony Pulleo and Adam Mihalcin from Blackhawk (Coach: Kim Baker).

Second Place: Kyle Starkey and Jason Johnston from Blackhawk (Coach: Kim Baker). 

Third Place: Ankit Medhekar and Ling-Ling Lee from Moon (Coach: Judy Shuster).


Faculty members who implemented the program were Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry; Leo Takahashi, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology; and Jay Means, lab technician. 


For information about the Science Challenge, contact Hay at mth7@psu.edu or (724) 773-3876.                 


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