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Science Olympiad Brings Home 21 Regional Medals

Anya Jayanthi, Staff Writer

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Last Wednesday, the Harriton Science Olympiad team traveled to Neumann University to compete in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. The team came home with a second-place trophy, qualifying for the state competition at Juniata College in April.

Arriving on the Neumann campus at 6 a.m., team members competed throughout the day in a variety of challenging topics, including Forensics, Thermodynamics, Disease Detectives, Wright Stuff (which requires building a functional, rubber-powered, single-winged aircraft), Experimental Design, and many others.

Tension and excitement ran high as the team waited in anticipation for final scores to be tallied, and winners announced. As the awards ceremony progressed, the team erupted in applause and shared pride again and again, as member after member walked forward to receive their medal and pose for a winner’s photo.

A total of eight gold medals, four silver medals, four bronze, and five fourth-place medals were awarded. Upon the declaration that Harriton placed second overall, all of the members, including those who did not compete, came forward to accept the award and pose for a group photograph. Of note, Harriton lost to Lower Merion for the first time, by nine points.

On a side note, Science Olympiad also includes a Division B for middle schools. Bala Cynwyd placed first in Division B, and Welsh Valley Middle School fifth, qualifying both to compete at States.

Harriton has a long tradition of outstanding performance at Science Olympiad. Historically, the team has earned a top-three trophy at Regionals in 26 out of the 26 times it has competed in the past 28 years, and secured first place 18 of those times.

Furthermore, the team has scored in the top ten for the last 25 years it has qualified for the National Tournament.

Among other Science Olympiad teams in the region, Head Coach Mr. Gauvin noted at a team meeting after Regionals, “Harriton is known as the team that improves the most between regional and state competitions.”

The team is particularly hopeful because last Wednesday’s second place finish shows strong progress from their performance at the MIT Invitational in January, where only seven teams placed, and the team came in tenth overall. In fact, six of the seven teams that placed at MIT placed first at Regionals on Wednesday.

Team captains, Richard Haslam and Ashwini Shende remarked, “We’re really proud of our performance, as we medaled in 21 of 23 events. Our team is constantly working to improve, and we’re excited to see our hard work pay off at States and hopefully onward.”

Harriton Science Olympiad continues to earn the respect and support of many a Ram for their hard work, camaraderie and dedication. Good luck at States, Rams!

A list of the individual event medalists is below.

Coaches: Mr. Gauvin; Ms. Lesch; Mr. Powers; Mr. MacNichol

Gold Medals

Boomilever Hannah Klatte Alex Ahn
Designer Genes Sam Weissman Allison Zhang
Disease Detectives Sam Weissman Kaelyn Klatte
Experimental Design Patrick McCann Allison Zhang Richard Haslam
Forensics Monali Zhao Richard Haslam
Fossils Sunme Zhao Richard Haslam
Geologic Mapping Patrick McCann Sunme Zhao
Water Quality Patrick McCann Allison Zhang
Silver Medals
Anatomy & Physiology Michelle Qin Ashwini Shende
Astronomy Avery Parr Ashwini Shende
Sounds of Music John Neary Ezra Frank Michelle Qin
Thermodynamics Sam Weissman Avery Parr
Bronze Medals
Chemistry Lab Monali Zhao Avery Parr
Mousetrap Vehicle Sam Weissman James Powell Robert Fleming
Code Busters Michael O’Connor Sunme Zhao Allison Zhang
Herpetology Ashwini Shende Richard Haslam
4th Place Medals
Dynamic Planet Sunme Zhao Patrick McCann
Circuit Lab Avery Parr Michelle Qin
Fermi Questions Michael O’Connor James Powell
Protein Modeling Monali Zhao Ashwini Shende Hannah Klatte
Wright Stuff Sarah Lee Katie Huynh John Neary Hannah Klatte
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