On Thursday, January 11, the newly formed Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed in the Camden County College Regional Tournament for the opportunity to move on to the state competition.
The New Jersey Science Olympiad is part of the National Science Olympiad, an international nonprofit organization "devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers," according to the website. Science Olympiad teams work together in school on activities and research, and ultimately compete in tournaments that are rigorous competitions consisting of a wide variety of both individual and team events, such as investigating a crime scene, designing your own experiment, and building a hovercraft.
The Middle School team was formed earlier this fall, spearheaded by faculty advisor and MS science teacher Corey Dempsey. There was much interest from our 7th and 8th grade students, as well as our 6th grade students.
Though the full results are not yet in, Mr. Dempsey reported that four teams placed in their respective events (the top six in the competition were medalists):
- Nikhil Gandhi '22 and Milan Shah '22 came in 3rd for Hovercraft
- Sarina Hasan '22 came in 3rd for Optics
- Ainsley Wang '24 came in 4th for Towers
- Eli Soffer '22 came in 5th for Solar System