Science Researchers chomp off a win at UF’S JSEHS Conference

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From Jan. 29-31, science research students competed in the Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium, hosted at the University of Florida. Mrs. Leya Joykutty, the director of the science research program, along with Dr. Juliana Caulkins and Dr. Diana Sood, accompanied the 37 students attending the trip. 

After not attending the conference in person for three years, students were elated to return to UF. Freshmen and sophomores participated in non-competitive competition, while selected juniors and seniors presented in either speaker or poster competitions. 

Junior Lorenzo Pulmano won a regional award and junior Akansha Mehta won second place overall in the speaker competition. Mehta will go on to compete at the national level this upcoming summer.


Emma, a current sophomore at American Heritage, is extremely excited to be joining the Patriot Post Staff this year! As an active reader and writer, she is often found scribbling away in a notebook or devouring a novel. Outside of newspaper, she is an active member of Science Research, Model UN, Science Olympiad, Key Club, and much more. In her rare free time, you can find her watching musicals, volunteering at an assisted living facility for the memory-loss, or catching up on her latest TV drama.