Two years ago, a volunteer came to NativityMiguel to share her knowledge of science with the students of NativityMiguel during the after-school hours of the extended school day. The volunteer, who also happens to be a full time science teacher at a local high school, had a vision to sponsor our students and have them participate and compete with other students in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science program (PJAS). The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (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. Now in its second year, NativityMiguel Science teacher, Shelby Kresge has taken the lead on sponsoring the students of NativityMiguel.

The regional competition was recently held at Wilkes University and NativityMiguel had ten students attend the competition. All students placed 2nd award or higher, which is outstanding. In May, our first award winners will move onto the state competition at Penn State University. First award winners are: Ainara Matute, Sarika Mongar, Nirjhala Kadariya and Nahisha Pokhrel. Nahisha was also awarded a perfect score and overall excellence in Jr. High Chemistry.

We are beyond proud of our students and their hard work. Much of the work and competition would not be possible without their sponsor. We congratulate NativityMiguel Science teacher, Shelby Kresge, for putting in so much time and effort to ensure that our students were well prepared for the competition.

With PJAS at NativityMiguel still in its infancy, we are very proud of what our students have accomplished in such a short amount of time.