Senior, James Licato, Finalist for 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search, Collects $25,000

Senior James Licato has been named a Top 300 Scholar in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search. His science project titled Development of a Zeolite Composite Material for the Simultaneous Removal of Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products (PPCPs), and Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water Treatment will now advance to final round of competition.

Teacher, J. Carpenter, Authors Articles about Discoveries from a Virginia Fossil Site Dating Back 50+ Million Years Ago

All three articles are about discoveries from a Virginia fossil site called the Fisher/Sullivan site which is located in the Nanjemoy formation. The Nanjemoy formation is the accumulation of sand and mud on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean 53 million years ago.
The Earth was so warm there were no polar ice caps and the Atlantic came up to the fall line (or roughly I-95). The site is about 5 miles east of the fall line, so it would have been off shore. Mostly, you find marine animals, but occasionally you find terrestrial animals, birds or fresh water animals as is the case with two of these discoveries.

95 Students Applied for 2020 Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Virtual Symposium Awards, Winners Announced

Ninety-five (95) Washington-Liberty HS students applied to present their science research projects at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Symposium this past school year. Following their efforts, 64 students were accepted to participate in the first ever VJAS virtual symposium. On Thursday, May 28th the following winners from Washington-Liberty HS were announced: 2020 Virginia […]

64 Students’ Submit Accepted Papers to the Annual VJAS Symposium

Congratulations to the Washington – Liberty HS students who submitted papers accepted at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS). For more information please visit Please see below for this year’s accepted papers along with students’ names (and grade level): Botany – Allen, Lily (9) “The Effect of Different Fuels on the Growth of Elodea […]

Student travels to Washington to Present Winning VJAS Project

James Licato was invited to present his winning Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) project at the annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science/AJAS in Seattle, Washington this past weekend. This project won the “Best Paper Award” at the 2019 VJAS’s annual symposium and a trip to the annual AAAS/AJAS meeting was […]

Science Fair Judges Send Dozens to Regional Competition

Over the weekend, Washington – Liberty HS Students presented their science fair projects for the annual Science Fair held in the Cafeteria. All students below will advance to the Regional Fair held in March. Place First Name Last Name Project Title 1st Madeleine Day The Effect of Water Temperature on Brine Shrimp Reproduction 1st Thomas […]

Science Teacher, Mrs. Dawn McCoart, Awarded the Franklin D Kizer Distinguished Service Award at the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences 78th Annual Meeting

On May 23, 2019, Mrs. Dawn McCoart was awarded the Franklin D Kizer Distinguished Service Award at the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences 78th Annual Meeting at Old Dominion University. This award recognizes the exceptional contributions to VJAS of a STEM teacher. Mrs. McCoart is the W-L Science Department Chair, a National Board Certified Teacher […]