St. John’s 9th Grader, Jia Jia Zhang, Earns Silver Medal at International Science Competition


Guam –  St. John’s School freshman, Jia Jia Zhang, earned a Silver Medal in the Environmental Science category at the Asia Pacific Conference of Young Scientists (APCYS).

APCYS is a scientific research and presentation meeting and competition for students in the Asia Pacific region. Middle and high school students are judged by a panel of International Jury members on the quality of their research as evidenced in their ability to conduct research, deliver a scientific presentation, conduct discussions about their work, and author a research report concerning their own results.

Seventy nine students representing twelve countries (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Nepal, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia and Indonesia) and the U.S. insular territory of Guam participated in this year’s competition which was held from May 13-20, 2013 in South Sumatra.

Students research were categorized into five groups: 1. Physics, 2. Mathematics, 3. Computer Science, 4. Life Science, and 5. Environmental Science.  St. John’s freshman Jia Jia Zhang earned a Silver Medal in Environmental Science category, the category with the most number of entries.

Three (3) St. John’s students entered as representatives of the United States. They are Jia Jia Zhang (9th), Danielle Stephenson-Threatt (9th), and Franklin Lee (11th).  Ms. Christine McCormic, Science Teacher at St. John’s School, was the Delegation Leader, and was asked to serve as a juror for the international competition.

One of the ways in which St. John’s School supplements its core curriculum and school-wide learning outcomes is by supporting students in local, national, and international competitions and exhibits.