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Jackson Memorial High School's Cole Tierney Wins First Place at Jersey Shore Science Fair

Jackson Memorial High School Student Cole Tierney Earns First Place at Jersey Shore Science Fair

Brooke Tierney with Teacher Mary Russo

Cole Tierney (right) with ASR teacher, Mary Russo at Stockton University for JSSF  

Congratulations to JMHS student Cole Tierney on winning first place at the Jersey Shore Science Fair (JSSF) on Saturday, March 19, 2022. Cole’s research was a meta-analysis that explored the effects of meditation on human anxiety levels. Cole's work was conducted as part of the Authentic Science Research (ASR) program, led by Ms. Mary Russo. Modeled after the ASR program at Toms River Regional H.S. District, led by Christine Girtain, ASR may be taken by high school students in the sophomore, junior and/or senior years. This is Cole's second year in the ASR program. 

The JSSF win qualified Cole's project for the Delaware Valley Regional Science Fair. Held at the Philadelphia Expo Center on April 5-7th, Cole competed with other regional science fair winners from Southern New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania and Delaware in the category Behavioral and Social Sciences.  

Cole's project earned the Honorable Mention award along with a $1,500 scholarship to Harrisburg University.  The previous JSSF win was accompanied by a first place ribbon, a certificate of participation and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Cole would like to thank project mentor Kelsey Rebelo as well as sponsor and ASR teacher, Ms. Russo for their assistance with this project. Cole would also like to thank and acknowledge Mr. and Mrs. Tierney for their ongoing support and encouragement.

Ms. Russo would like to take this opportunity to extend her sincerest thanks to Ms.Girtain, Mr. Michael Blueglass of STEM Research Consulting, LLC. and Dr. Aaron Reedy of DataClassroom for their invaluable assistance and mentorship in the areas of graphing scientific data, poster presentation and science research teaching. 

Brooke Tierney with her research

Cole at Delaware Valley Science Fair at Philadelphia Expo Center. Photo by Ms.Girtain