- St. Vitus School 2015 Spring Science Achievements
- St. Vitus School science students competed at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) at Heinz Field in March and the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) State Meeting at Penn State University in May. The Pittsburgh competition was hosted by the Carnegie Science Center and open to all students in grades 6-12 from schools in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. The PJAS state competition at Penn State hosted students who earned a First Place award at the regional meeting held at Slippery Rock University in February. St. Vitus students earned honors and awards at both competitions as follows: PRSEF- On March 27, 2015, the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) held its 76th year of open competition of science, mathematics and engineering research projects at Heinz Field. This competition was open to all students in grades 6-12 from 23 counties in Western Pennsylvania, three counties in West Virginia and Garrett County in Maryland. St. Vitus students received the following awards:
Merit Excellence Awards: Creative Thought: Isabella Burick, “Is Sensitivity to Cold Temperature Heightened on Your Dominant Side?”, Blake Houk, “How Does Turmeric Affect Daphnia magna?”, Elizabeth Mrozek, “Cell Phone Radiation and the Effect on Yeast”, and Braiden Wills, “Do Hand-Held Backlit Devices Affect Your Vision?”
Scientific Method Awards: Jack Bussard “Do Distractions Affect Free Throw Percentages?”, Anthony Morgan, “Does a Customized Basketball Routine Affect Percentage?”, and Hunter Williams, “How Can I Make the Fastest Store Bought Arrow Even Faster?”
Sponsor Awards: Ricky Zheng received the Chevron sponsor award with a certificate of excellence and $50 in the Intermediate Division, Engineering, for “Which produces more energy: Wind or Hydropower? Sponsoring teacher Marguerite Wills also received $50 cash award from Chevron.
PJAS State Meet- The 81st annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition occurred on May 17, 18, & 19, 2015, at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park. All first place winners were chosen from over 6000 students from 551 schools divided into thirteen regions to compete at the state level. Roughly 3,000 of the state’s best science students presented their research including twelve St. Vitus School students who had won first place awards in Region IX competition at Slippery Rock University. The results of the state competition were six First Place awards and six Second Place awards.
First Place award winners were: Mariah Bupp, “What is the effect of heat on enzyme activity?”, Jack Bussard, Matthew Moore, “Which Athletic Beverage Contains the Most Electrolytes?”, Anthony Morgan, Hunter Williams, and Braiden Wills.
Second Place award winners were: Sasha Armstrong, “Are Your Eyes Playing Tricks on You?”, Jesse Brightshue, “Does Practice Make Perfect?”, Blake Houk, Angelina Pagley, “Are Cheer Bases Hurt More Than Flyers in a Stunt?”, Dominique Pagley, “Does Crossed Hand/Eye Dominance Affect Basketball Shooting?”, and Ricky Zheng.
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Mariah Bupp and Matthew Moore, both eighth graders, tied for first place in the St. Vitus School Spelling Bee. Victoria Peak placed third overall and was the winner of the 4th through 6th grade division. Victoria went on to represent St. Vitus School in the Diocesan Spelling Competition in Pittsburgh. Competing in a field of 52 students, on May 13, 2015, she withstood many rounds and was the 12th standing before finally missing a word.
Mrs. Jackie Pisano, sponsor of all these events said, “I am very proud of all the participants!”