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John Jay Students Win Three Medals At State Science Olympiad

Front, DeeAnn Guo, Nicholas Aoki; 2nd: Evelyn Mullaney, Serena Chen, Angela Huang, Jordan Schwartz, Elyse Sherr, Amanda Huang, Molly Siegel, Athena Ohnemus; Rear: Akshay Amin, Justin Chang, James Lucassen, David Sorkin, Matthew Sorkin, Samuel Chen. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
John Jay High School students Angela and Amanda Huang, pictured, are among those who competed at a state science olympiad. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
John Jay High School students Nicholas Aoki and DeeAnn Guo, pictured, served as team captains at a recent science olympiad. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. --  Students from John Jay High School won three medals at the New York State Science Olympiad competition held at LeMoyne College in Syracuse on March 10 and 11.

They earned the medals in Astronomy (Nicholas Aoki and DeeAnn Guo), Tower (DeeAnn Guo and David Sorkin), and Write It Do It (Angela and Amanda Huang).

Students Serena Chen and Molly Siegel just missed winning the medal in Herpetology.

This was the 28th time that John Jay represented the Lower Hudson Valley in the last 32 years, competing against 55 teams from New York State’s 11 Science Olympiad Regions, according to a release from the Katonah - Lewisboro School District.

“The competition was fierce,” said Dr. Linda Burke, one of John Jay’s coaches.

At the end of the day, John Jay was second only to Scarsdale of the five other Lower Hudson Valley Region teams in the state competition, including Ardsley, Fox Lane, Scarsdale, Tappan Zee, and Byram Hills (who unfortunately never made the competition due to the school's closure on Friday), the release said.

John Jay High School’s Science Olympiad team included seniors Nicholas Aoki, DeeAnn Guo, David Sorkin, and alternate Matthew Sorkin; junior Samuel Chen; and sophomores Akshay Amin, Justin Chang, Serena Chen, Amanda and Angela Huang, James Lucassen, Evelyn Mullaney, Athena Ohnemus, Jordan Schwartz, Elyse Sherr, and Molly Siegel.

The overall team coaches were Dr. Linda Rachele Burke, Amy Shimberg, Matt Funnell, and Caroline Weldon. Event coaches were Burke (Ecology, Herpetology, and Hydrogeology), Emilia Camporese (Forensics), Matthew Funnell (Helicopter, Fermi Questions, Optics, and Wind Power), Michela Gilarde-Green (Chemistry Lab), Ann Marie Lipinsky (Experimental Design), Jennifer McLean (GameOn), Amy Shimberg (Disease Detective, Dynamic Planet, Materials Science, Rocks and Minerals, and Write It Do It), Anna Trieller (Invasives), Caroline Weldon (Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbe Mission), and Steven Zoeller (Electric Vehicle, Hovercraft, and Robot Arm).

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.

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