Science Olympians Take Home a Multitude of Medals

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School Science Olympiad team “Scioly” for bringing home the gold at a recent competition.

At the Nassau East Regional competition held at Wantagh High School, three different Scioly teams placed first, fourth and eleventh among the 43 teams competing. Team A won an amazing 20 medals, Team B won 14 medals and Team C won 11medals and overall, Scioly medaled in 20 of 22 events. This marks the first time that every Syosset build event received medals in regional competition. The build events comprise of building model size helicopters, wooden towers, cars, hovercraft among others.

Prior to regionals, the team scored successful victories at the Fayetteville Manlius High School invitational tournament, held in Manlius, NY.  The same three Scioly teams combined to win 10 first-place medals, 7 second-place medals  and 7 third-place medals. Overall the three teams finished first-, fourth- and sixth-place, dethroning the 10-year champion host school in the process.

In January Scioly won an additional three medals at the highly competitive Fairfax High School Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Last year, Scioly attended two invitational, one regional, and one state competition, taking fifth overall at Cornell University and fielding teams that placed first, fourth, and eighth in regional competition, finishing up the year by taking eighth place overall at the New York State Science Olympiad New York State Competition at LeMoyne College. 

Science Olympiads provide challenges in various STEM disciplines, exposing students to practicing scientists and career choices, as well as dynamic content experiences. According to Scioly coach/adviser Mildred Castañeda, what began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous challenges to 7,600 teams in 50 states. Despite the Olympiad’s growth  through the years, she feels the Syosset team  has remained a close-knit group. Scioly is one of Syosset High School’s largest extracurricular group, with approximately 75 members. 

“Although we are well known for our academic achievements, this club has proven to be so much more than just an assembly of very bright young minds. Rather, it is a family,” said Castañeda, now in her second year with Scioly. “I feel as though we have developed an incredible bond with each other. Last school year, we made so many memories that I am even more excited about what is taking place this year.”

Scioly captains are pictured in the main photo, with the entire group pictured with Castañeda in the alternate photo.