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S-GI high school squad takes home honors at Regional Science Olympiad

BUDDING SCIENTISTS – The Springville-Griffith Institute High School Science Olympiad team: Row one, from left: Julianna Kraft, teacher Kalli Harrington, teacher Matt Clayton; row two: Meg Barry Isabel Hooker, Olivia Berenson, B Dubay, Colin Engelhardt; row three: teacher Michelle Wagner, teacher Eunice Reinhold Gibson, Deb Gill, Henry Yaeger, Matt Wagner, Mark Doud, Dan Rothman, Caroline Francisco, Erin Jurkowski and teacher Dorothy Cott.

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute Science Olympiad team competed in the Regional Science Olympiad at Canisius College.

The team placed fifth overall, out of 40 schools competing. St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute placed first, Williamsville East High School placed second, Williamsville North High School placed third and Clarence High School placed fourth. These schools will move on to the state competition in Long Island.

The Science Olympiad is a competition that involves 26 events, ranging from technology, physics, biology, earth science and chemistry. The event called scrambler involves building a vehicle according to detailed specs to travel a certain distance with a raw egg exposed, on the front of the car. Scoring is based on accuracy of the distance traveled and not breaking the egg. Other events, such as anatomy and physiology, involves a high-level knowledge test of the human anatomy and how the system works.

The student teams medaled in the following events: Olivia Berenson and Isabel Hooker placed third in anatomy and physiology; Dan Rothman and Julianna Kraft placed fifth in astronomy; Dan Rothman and Colin Engelhard placed third in circuit lab; Caroline Francisco and Colin Engelhardt placed second in compound machines; Josh Moscato, B Dubay and Olivia Berenson placed second in entomology; Erin Jurkowski and Julianna Kraft placed third in forensics; Matt Wagner and Mark Doud placed sixth in the scrambler event; Dan Rothman and Caroline Francisco placed second in technological problem solving and Dubay, Josh Moscato and Dan Rothman placed sixth in water quality. Joe Lowry and Ben Hrycik of RJR Engineering acted as building consultants.

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