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Science Olympiad Competed at LeMoyne College on January 2

The Science Olympiad team just competed in the Regional Tournament at LeMoyne College.  The students competed in a variety of scientific and engineering events, from solving mathematical ciphers (“Codebusters”) to understanding the biology of the planet (Dynamic Planet) to testing overall knowledge of science (“science quiz bowl”).

Club advisor, Charles Canestero said, “I was super impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm that the entire team displayed. According to the head judge of the duct tape challenge, Meredith and Izzy built one of the most creative and well engineered solutions to the problem that he had ever seen.”

Individual honors went to Samantha Engst-Mansilla (Dynamic Planet), Liza Antonova (Dynamic Planet), Gino Cinquanti (Codebusters, Science Quiz Bowl, Circuit Lab), Tess Engst-Mansilla (Codebusters, Science Quiz Bowl, Circuit Lab), Sam Forrester (Codebusters), and Zach Brafman (Science Quiz Bowl) for medaling in their respective events.

Samantha Engst-Mansilla, tenth grader at Cortland High School enjoyed the competition. Samantha said, “we researched topics that they gave us to prepare for the exams we take while we are there. I found the experience rewarding. I plan on staying in Science Olympiad for the rest of high school. It is interesting to learn about all of the topics they ask us to research. It is nice to be in a room with other people who understand science.”

Special congratulations to Meredith Brafman and Izzy Mendez for winning their 3rd gold medal in a row in the duct tape engineering challenge to establish themselves as the reigning, defending, undefeated, undisputed champions of all things duct tape!

The next competition will be Saturday, February 16th at Cornell University.


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