South Middle Science Olympiad Team (Contributed photo)

South Middle Science Olympiad Team Excels At States

A Science Olympiad team from South Middle School competed against the top 40 schools in the state at the New York Science Olympiad Tournament in Syracuse in April. South Middle placed fifth overall and was the top school from Nassau County for a fourth consecutive year.

The competition was comprised of 23 challenges requiring knowledge and skills in various disciplines within science, technology, and engineering. Medals are awarded to the top ten teams in each challenge, and South Middle earned medals in 16 out of 23 events: first place in Anatomy and Physiology; second in Meteorology; third in Experimental Design; fourth in Can’t Judge a Powder; fifth in Microbe Mission, Reach for the Stars, and Roller Coaster; sixth in Air Trajectory and Fossils; seventh in Codebusters and Disease Detectives; eighth in Flight and Road Scholar; and ninth in Ecology, Fast Facts, and Tower.

Fifteen South Middle students who participated in the state tournament are Andrea Chou, Lazar Culter, Atharv Dhawan, Isabella Huang, Jerry Huang, Jayden Jiang, Mark Li, Nathan Li, Aaron Son, Ryan Tsai, Diana Wang, Zhenyang Zhang, Kyle Zheng, Andy Zhuang, and Eric Zhuang.

This is the sixth consecutive year that South Middle qualified for the state tournament by winning a top spot at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad, held in March. The South Middle Science Olympiad is coached by Tobias Hatten, science department chairperson, Diane Caplain, and Nathan Wong.

—Submitted by the
Great Neck Public School District

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