By Dakota An
On April 11th, members of the Tech Crime Scene Investigation team had a murder on their hands. At the Long Island University campus in Brookville, the CSI team placed fourth against over fifty other high school teams competing. The teams were judged on their performance in the crime scene and various forensic labs, as well as their ability to deduce a complete picture of the “crime”.
According to CSI supervisor, Kay Sirianni, this team was one of the best Tech has had.
Despite the changes made to how students were graded, Siriani says, “They, as a team of 15, were able to manage themselves throughout the day. I have never seen them work so hard.”
She was surprised Tech’s team did not win but realized that as much as Tech has improved, so have other schools.
“Losing is never fun, but it is important to learn how to lose as well. They have nothing to be embarrassed of,” says Siranni about the team.
Michael Gan ’14, a member of the CSI team was not as satisfied. “I feel like we deserved to win the whole competition. We did everything right, and our presentation was gold. Everyone had contributed things vital to the case and we acted as one cohesive unit.”
Nevertheless, Gan says he enjoyed the competition’s atmosphere, particularly how the constant buzz of activity made the investigation feel real.
Daisie Chin ’14, another member of the team, believed the pressure of the competition caused the team to rush and make careless mistakes. However, she feels that her teammates did a good job of calming each other down and completing tasks.
She also commented on the new judging policies. “The judging was also awkward, as no one watched you as you completed the various lab but instead only checked for correct answers.”
Despite not placing first, the CSI team overall found the competition to be a good experience. Chin says, “The acting was my favorite part. It adds a lot to the storyline and the crime scene once you can see all the suspects and their personas. It made the experience so much more realistic.”
Tech’s fourth place victory leaves high hopes for next year’s competition.