Science Olympiad Team Earns Four Medals

Science Olympiad Team Earns Four Medals photo
Thirteen members of the Rye Neck Middle School Science Olympiad club took home medals and placed ninth overall as a team at the annual Lower Hudson Regional Science Olympiad, which took place on March 3 at Scarsdale Middle School.

“Our Science Olympiad team showcased their best performance to date, winning four medals after competing against teams from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties,” said seventh-grade science teacher Lauren Zeoli, the club’s co-advisor along with eighth-grade science teacher Jessie Vega. “We are so proud of how hard our team worked on their builds and prepping for the specialized tests.”

The regional competition encompassed events on topics ranging from biology to chemistry and physics. This year’s builds included a hovercraft, a wooden tower, a battery-powered electric car, a rubber band powered airplane and a roller coaster designed to efficiently transfer a marble from one point to another. 

Sixth-graders Derek Ryan and Kyle Ryan earned a medal by placing fifth in their Hovercraft category. Eighth-graders Ava Liebmann and Peter Nicholas also earned a medal for placing fifth in the Anatomy and Physiology category. Meanwhile, eighth-graders Phillip Buettner and Matthew Lord earned a medal by placing third in the Fast Facts events. Buettner also placed third, along with eighth-grader Ava Liebmann, in the Meteorology category. 

“Students spend the school year prepping for the Olympiad by studying specific subjects and completing engineering tasks designed by the Science Olympiad,” Zeoli added. 

Members of the Rye Neck Middle School Science Olympiad team are Mirabelle Brown, Phillip Buettner, Mateo Casciano, Jonathan Detoro, Alex Harris, Ava Liebmann, Matthew Lord, Peter Nicholas, Kei Obata, Derek Ryan, Kyle Ryan, Catherine Sykes and Ronan West.