Celebrating Science Olympiad’s 40 Medal Win

Science Olympiad, nicknamed SciOly, is club that helps students explore different scientific fields through competitions. The President is Harteck Sabharwal ’17 and the two Vice Presidents are Nour Haredy ‘17 and Doruntina Fida ‘17. Dr. Maxfield is the team advisor and Ms. Sirianni helps students prepare for Forensic events.

Photo of Science Olympiad Members with medals and trophies. (Photo taken by Rhia Singh ’17)

However, she stated that “This year the students taught themselves a lot of the material. They were more independent and I think that it better because they learn from each other.”

Recently, SciOly competed at Grover Cleveland High School on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Queens, New York. The competition started at 8 A.M and ended at 3:30 P.M. Teams of 2 or 3 people participated in different event.

Ivanna Elkik ‘17, one of the 46 members of SciOly, explained that “There were different events. The events fall into two major categories – Build and Study.” Build events include building Hovercrafts and towers that can withstand different forces. During Study Events, students answer questions related to subjects like Human Anatomy and Chemistry. Each event lasts about 50 minutes and this year there were 25 different events. Ms. Sirianni and Dr. Maxfield spent most of the day judging and setting up events. For example, Ms. Sirianni staged crime scenes for different teams to solve.

The members of SciOly dedicate many hours to preparing for competitions. Many students stay until 7 P.M. or 8 P.M to practice for events. Elkik explained that “Sometimes we even practice on Saturdays.”

The members’ dedication show through their impressive records at Regionals this year. Dr. Maxfield beamed with pride as he stated that “3 teams were top 9 out of 65 teams. This year SciOly earned 40 individual medals. That is more than ever and, more than any other school” These wins will allow Science Olympiad to compete in States in early March.

Sci Oly has made it to States the last 3 years. In 2015, SciOly ranked fourth at Regionals. In 2016, SciOly ranked third and this year, SciOly was second. Ms. Sirianni explained that the team was only one point away from first this year.

Science Olympiad allows students to explore science through collaboration, experimentation, and research. Fida ‘17 explained that “Scioly provides a feeling of family in such a large school. It is also great to meet other people who are just as passionate about science. ” SciOly is a fun way to make new friends and pursue scientific interests.

“People  interested in joining SciOly should talk to us. One of the members in Science Olympiad is usually always in 3E4, ” stated Haredy ‘17. Science Olympiad helps students develop a passion for knowledge and an ability to work with others. Haredy ‘17 said, “It is also great to meet other people who are just as passionate about science.”

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