Sophomore Wins First Award at PJAS Regional Competition

FenoShady Side Academy sophomore Feno Monaco earned a First Award at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Duquesne University. Monaco advances to the PJAS state competition at Penn State University in May.

Monaco's project, What's Up With Water? studied heavy metals in drinking water in ice rinks all across the country.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science 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. Students in grades 7-12 are invited yearly to participate in one of the PJAS Regional Competitions by conducting a scientific research project in one of 12 categories identified by PJAS, and then orally presenting that research to a team of judges. Learn more at

Congratulations to Feno and his coach, faculty member Heather Fani!

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