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Two students who will enter their sophomore year, Shivam Verma, of North Allegheny High School, and Molly Joyce, of Fox Chapel Area High School, were prize winners in a science competition at TeraGrid '07, the annual conference of the National Science Foundation cyber-infrastructure program this summer at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.
Shivam won first prize for his project, "Using a Robot to Maximize Water Sampling Accuracy." He built and demonstrated a water-sampling robot. He is interested in nanotechnology, biotechnology and bioengineering.
Molly won third prize for her project "2021: A Medical Odyssey," a video demonstrating what may be possible in medical imaging 20 years from now, including remotely controlled surgery.
The students presented their work during a poster session. In recognition of their accomplishments, TeraGrid invited both students to an annual gathering of scientists and other professionals in high-performance computing from around the world, to be held in November in Reno, Nev., where they will again present their work.
Three North Hills High School students earned first place in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science statewide competition at Penn State University.
Earning first-place honors were eighth-graders Julianne Gyms, microbiology; and Regina Sencak, botany; and tenth-grader Amanda Joos, botany.
Second-place honors were awarded to seventh-grader Gabe Laurent, physics; and tenth-grader Christine Weaver, physics.
Maggie Burris, a Pine-Richland Middle School sixth-grader, took third place in the junior consumer science division at the 68th Annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Heinz Field in the spring. In addition, Ms. Burris received a medal from the Office of Naval Research as a United States Naval Science Award Recipient.
Her project investigated the effect of radio frequency on materials and the best fabric materials and coatings for deflection.
She is the daughter of Charles and Stacy Burris, of Pine.
The Perry Highway Post 161 of the American Legion presented American Legion ROTC medals to Sarah Kelly, for scholastic excellence, and to Josh Vanderhoof, for military excellence. Both are members of the North Allegheny Air Force Junior ROTC Squadron PA 22.
Ian S. McGinnity and Robert J. Rodgers, recent graduates of Gannon University, were honored at the university's Founder's Day Awards Convocation.
Mr. McGinnity, of Kilbuck, received the English Award. He is the son of Scott and Susan McGinnity, and is a graduate of Avonworth Junior-Senior High School.
Mr. Rodgers, of West Deer, was the recipient of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Award. He is the son of Robert H. and Bonnie L. Rodgers, and graduated from Deer Lakes Junior-Senior High School.
The ceremony took place in May.
Six St. Sebastian pupils returned from the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition held in the 2006-07 school year at Penn State University with first place awards.
First-place awards went to eighth-graders Kevin Lally, Amanda Misch, Paul Sieminski, Andrew Spicer, Kaitlyn Tunney and seventh-grader Patrick Kunz Second-place awards went to seventh-graders Meghan Brown, Ben Colosimo, Vicki Mustovic and seventh-grader Alex Wright won a third-place award.
First Published August 15, 2007 3:19 pm