Nearly 200 area students participated in The University of Scranton’s annual Hayes Family Science Competition for High School Physics and Engineering Students.

The academic competition tested the high school students’ knowledge of physics and engineering through a series of quizzes and hands-on challenges.

Students competed individually and in teams.
Aidan Cunningham from Wallenpaupack Area High School came in first place in the individual competition and received the $250 cash award.

Charles Kulick from Scranton Preparatory School came in second place and won both the $150 cash award and the $1,500 scholarship to The University of Scranton for holding the highest quiz score of a participant who will attend the University in fall of 2018.

Charles Brinsfield from Wallenpaupack Area High School came in third place and won the $100 cash award.

In the team competition, Wallenpaupack Area High School Team One placed first. Members of that team were: Cunningham, Brinsfield, Wes Conklin, Chris Higgins and Thomas Johnson Kyle Landolfi and Tyler Wirth.

Berwick High School team one came in second-place. Members of the team that placed second were: Hanako Ferro, Kaleb Gearinger, Hannah Gizenski, Jarret Groshek, Griffin Keller, Olivia Lombardi and Henry Noviki. Scranton Preparatory School team one placed third. Members of the third-place finishing team were: Kulick, Patrick David, Jack Habeeb, Ryan Sauter and Dean Sweeney.
The competition was organized by the University’s Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering with the purpose of encouraging more students to pursue careers in physics and engineering.

The Joseph Kane Estate, the University’s Financial Aid Office, the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering and students in the University’s physics and electrical engineering program support the Hayes Family Science Competition for high school physics and engineering students.