Members of the Rye Neck High School Science Olympiad club took home medals and placed 12th overall as a team when they showcased their skills at the annual Science Olympiad at Byram Hills High School on Feb. 11.

At the regional competition, the students competed in a number of disciplines against students from 43 other area schools, and were tasked with completing academic and engineering events. The topics ranged from building a hovercraft that needed to go a set distance in a certain amount of time to finishing a test concerning specific topics of earth science as it pertains to hydrogeology.

“We are proud of our Rye Neck High School students,” said science teacher Daniel Moy, who co-advises the club along with teacher Lori Penesis. “This year we built a wind turbine, hovercraft, rubber band powered helicopter, balsa tower, electric powered vehicle and a robot arm. The group was student-led by our four captains Emily Crook, Mia Dunn, Nadia Naeem and Catherine Yoo.”

Congratulations to the following students who received medals at the Science Olympiad:

•    Emily Crook and Michael Quartararo: third place in Hovercraft
•    Risa Liebmann and Bennett Taylor: fourth place in Robot Arm
•    Mia Dunn and Olivia Dunne: fifth place in Chemistry Lab
•    Evelyn Hong and Bennett Taylor: fifth place in Electric Vehicle
•    Grace O'Rourke and Emily Crook: seventh place in Hydrogeology
•    Grace O'Rourke and Sophie Gibson: eighth place in Dynamic Planet
•    Nadia Naeem and Catherine Yoo: tenth place in Invasive Species.