CHS Science Olympiad among Top Five in State

Competing against teams from across New York State, Columbia’s Science Olympiad concluded its 2013 season with a fourth place overall finish at the state finals competition on March 8-9. This is the fifth year in a row that the CHS team placed in the top five.

The statewide competition, held this year at at Monroe-Woodbury High School, brings together qualifying teams from 11 regional competitions.  In all, 376 high school teams participated in the regional Science Olympiad competitions; only 54 qualified for the state finals.  At the individual level, Columbia students earned an unprecedented three state championships.

Individual results
State Champions:
Grace Pazienza and Tim MacDonald - Dynamic Planet
Joyce Chen and Rebekah Johnson - Forensics
Jared Danaher and Nick Sergay - Material Science

Silver Medals:
Anthony Panetta and Nick Sergay - Circuit Lab

Bronze Medals:
Amanda DeBarr and Kevin Zhang - Geological Mapping

Additional top 10 finishes:
Mary Kate Chester and Katie Hutton - 5th place in Forestry
Brittney Aupperle and Jared Danaher - 6th place in Rocks and Minerals
Tim MacDonald and Anthony Panetta - 6th place in Astronomy. 
Julia and Smead and Jared Danaher - Chemistry Lab
Ashley Newman, Julia Smead and Brittney Aupperle - Experimental Design
Brittney Aupperle and Ashley Newman - Gravity Vehicle
Julia Smead and Joyce Chen - Thermodynamics
Rebekah Johnson and MaryKate Chester - Triple E
MaryKate Chester and Grace Pazienza - Water Quality

The 2013 Science Olympiad team included the following talented individuals:
Brittney Aupperle, Amanda DeBarr, MaryKate Chester, Joyce Chen, Rebecca Kress, Jared Danaher, Daniel Reyner, Anthony Panetta and Ben Godgart

Kevin Zhang, Rebekah Johnson, Grace Pazienza, Julia Smead, Ashley Newman, Nick Sergay and Kevin Brocks

Tim MacDonald, Katie Hutton, Maddy Kaleta, Eric Chen and Tucker McKewon. 

Thank you to the wonderful Science Olympiad coaches Diana Prout, Darleen Morgan and Bruce Palmer.


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