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John Jay Shines at Science Olympiad Regionals

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – For the 27th time in the 28-year history of the New York State Science Olympiad, John Jay High School has qualified for the event.

The school’s Science Olympiad team placed fourth in the Lower Hudson Valley Regional competition held at Byram Hills High School earlier this month, which will allow the school to move on in the competition. Medals from first to sixth place were earned in 11 of the 18 team-scored events.

The John Jay team winners were as follows:

Seniors

  • Matthew Kaufman, fourth place in Chemistry Lab and in Water Quality
  • Stephanie Riocci, fourth place in Optics
  • Irina Silver-Frankel, sixth place in Tower
  • Brennan Spellacy, fourth place in Chemistry Lab and in Water Quality

Juniors

  • Matthew Herman, fourth place in Write It Do It
  • Alexander Lee, third place in Forensics
  • Elijah Lee, second place in Geological Mapping; fourth place in Write It Do It
  • Jackson Ruzzo, fourth place in Optics, sixth place in Protein Modeling
  • Timothy Song, sixth place in Protein Modeling

Sophomores

  • Defne Arslan, first place in Helicopter; sixth place in Magnetic Levitation; fifth place in Remote Sensing
  • Karen Giraldo, third place in Forensics; sixth place in Tower
  • Isaac Silver-Frankel, second place in Geological Mapping; sixth place in Magnetic Levitation; fifth place in Remote Sensing
  • Sebastian Singh first place in Helicopter

The team co-advisors were Linda Rachele Burke and Amy Shimberg. The building event coaches were Matthew Funnel and Jennifer McLean. Academic event coaches included Burke, Shimberg, Emilia Camporese, Michela Gilarde-Green, Ann Marie Lipinsky, Anna Stathis, and Caroline Weldon.

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