CROSS RIVER, N.Y. -- Twenty-nine students from John Jay High School recently placed fourth in the Science Olympiad out of 43 school participating.
The Science Olympiad, the forefront of science education, began as a grass-roots assembly of science teachers and is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation. The main objective of the Olympiad is to improve the quality of science education primarily in grades six-12, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science and technology. Students engage in academic and building events competitions in all STEM disciplines, usually two students to an event, said Linda Burke, one of the event's coaches.
The 29 participants earned a spot in the New York state competition, which will take place in Syracuse in March. Individual competitors who medaled in their events include:
- Justin McGowen and Akshay Amin – first place in Air Trajectory.
- Nick Aoki and DeeAnn Guo – first place in Astronomy.
- Nick Aoki and Katie Ricca – first place in Disease Detectives.
- Justin McGowen and Serena Chen – first place in Fossils.
- Askay Amin and Justin Chang – second place in Hydrogeology.
- Katie Ricca and DeeAnn Guo – third place in Bridge Building.
- Angela Huang and Amanda Huang – third place in Write It Do It.
- Samuel Chen and Thomas Pickup – third place in Electric Vehicle.
- James Lucassen – fourth place in Game On.
- Lane Carbaugh and Athena Ohnemus – fourth place in Forensics.
- Callista Ohnemus and DeeAnn Guo – fourth place in Robot Arm.
- Jack Brotmann and Gabe Zuckerberg – fourth place in Remote Sensing.
- Angela Huang and Evelyn Mullaney – fourth place in Geologic Mapping.
- Evelyn Mullaney and Athena Ohnemus – sixth place in Dynamic Planet.
- Alex Hall and Danielle Kulick – seventh place in Dynamic Planet.
- Alex Hall and Danielle Kulick – seventh place in Green Generation.
- Askay Amin and Justin Chang – eighth place in Optics.
- Justin McGowen and Nick Aoki – ninth place in It’s About Time.
- Alex Hall and Danielle Kulick – ninth place in Invasive Species.