At the recent Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region IV event, Lancaster Country Day sophomore Arielle Breuninger and juniors Crystal Fan and Janani Iyer earned first-place awards. They move on to statewide competition at Penn State University May 19-21.

Janani was also named a Pennsylvania Science Talent Search nominee, while senior Sania Ahmed earned second place.

Top in tech

Junior Olivia Gallucci was named a Dean’s List Finalist at the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship competition March 3. She was one of two students chosen to represent Pennsylvania at the World Championship this month.

According to the firstinspires.org website, teams of up to 15 students in grades seven through 12 “are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.’’

Second in chess

At the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Middle School Chess Team Tournament, Country Day took second place while sixth-graders Beckett Wohlbier and Jonathan Zheng both finished at the top of their respective flights.

Innovating honorees

For their idea of a reef-safe, all-natural sunscreen product, senior Allie Messick and sophomore Mike Korenkiewicz recently earned third place in social innovation in the 2019 Diamond Challenge live pitch competition in Wilmington, Delaware.

National Merit Finalist

Senior Thomas Westbrook was named a 2019 National Merit Finalist for a $2,500 scholarship. He will be evaluated for his academic records, as well as school and community activities.