A total of 18 Dunmore High School students participated in The University of Scranton’s 14th annual Kane Competition. They are among the nearly 200 students from 15 area high schools that competed in a series of events that tested the students’ knowledge on physics and engineering through interactive challenges.
Inspired by the 1985 film “Back to the Future,” this year’s Kane Competition included a Jeopardy-style quiz featuring questions similar to those found on the AP physics exam tested students on knowledge in mechanics, waves, optics, electromagnetism and basic circuits.
Another event, “The Time is Ripe,” required teams to determine the drop height from which to release a large piece of fruit enclosed within a net attached to a bungee cord. The competition ended with an event that required students to work in a team to win a perpetual trophy, the “Kane Cup.”
Tyler Mahone from Wallenpaupack Area High School came in first place in the individual competition. Spencer Yacuboski from Berwick High School came in second place. Evan Esposito from Wyoming Area High School came in third place and also was the highest placing student in the Jeopardy round who will be attending the University starting in the fall of 2017 with a $1,500 University of Scranton Scholarship. Team one from Berwick High School placed first in the group portion of the competition. Wallenpaupack Area High school placed second. Team one from North Pocono High school placed third.
The competition is 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 Kane Competition is supported by the Joseph Kane Estate, the University’s Financial Aid Office and Physics and Electrical Engineering Department, and students in the University’s physics and electrical engineering program.
Members of Team 1 from Dunmore High School included, seated from left: University of Scranton sophomore Peter Kulick, advisor Aimee Wentzell, and Emily Pavlowski. Standing, same order: Maddie Martin, Kyle Delhagen, Conor Walsh, Robert Bistran and Danial Lopatka.
Dunmore High School Team 2 at the Kane Competition included, seated from left: University of Scranton sophomore Peter Kulick, advisor Aimee Wentzell, and Matt Taylor. Standing, same order: Elizabeth Nolen, Justine Lim, Gina Bernotsky, Kathleen Coar and Grace Nolen.
Dunmore High School Team 3 at the Kane Competition included, seated from left: University of Scranton sophomore Peter Kulick, advisor Aimee Wentzell, and Nico Summa. Standing, same order: Maryse Madrazo, Cessna Pendon, Olivia Miller, Nicolette Lucas and Nina MacClean.