DAHS Science Team Finishes Second at St. Francis

LORETTO – The DuBois Area High School Science Team participated in the 21st annual Science Day competition at St. Francis University on Nov. 25.

The DAHS team of Kayla Brennan, Eli Kirk, Payton McAnnich, Noah Orner and Braden Royer finished second overall at the 32-school event, losing to Northern Bedford by five points, 145-140.

Also participating from DAHS were Alyssa Cribbs, Alexia Feldbauer, Katrina Good, Larina Good, Tristen Smith, Jacob Sutter, Katie Sutter and Alexa Wheeler.

Kayla Brennan also won an individual science competition. The team was accompanied by DAHS Science Team teachers/advisors Douglas Brennan and Mike Mancuso.

Science Day is coordinated by the University’s Science Outreach Center, which serves as a regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Center and the School of Sciences. The attending high schools competed in the single-elimination Science Bowl competition that included toss-up and bonus questions.

Pictured, from left, are Payton McAnnich, Noah Orner, Eli Kirk, Braden Royer and Kayla Brennan. The team was coached by DuBois teacher Douglas Brennan and Mike Mancuso. (Provided photo)

Pictured, from left, are Payton McAnnich, Noah Orner, Eli Kirk, Braden Royer and Kayla Brennan. The team was coached by DuBois teacher Douglas Brennan and Mike Mancuso. (Provided photo)

A total 562 students from the 32 high school attended a variety of presentations by University faculty and industry professionals from the field of science, including: Autism and Drumming Research; The Science of Scuba Diving (in the SFU swimming pool); How Do You Explain These Mysteries and Miracles; Is this Steam Healthy?; Making a Difference with Science Serving the Needy; Marine Biology Field Experience in St. Lucia; Oily Ocean Spill Drill; The Hidden Themes of Wildlife Documentaries; What Can We Learn from Rats?; and Why Didn’t I Think of That: The Nobel Prize in Medicine.”

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