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Columbia Science Olympiad

Columbia Science Olympiad (L to R): A. Radin, Y. Yang, S. Xin, N. Montiel, A. Rain, K. Nagel, S. Koblensky, S. Sill, P. Sergay, F. Howard, N. Laya, K. Grifferty, A. Chang, H. D’Angelo, W. Grasso, ( Missing from photo – C. Plowinske and E. Vlieg)

Columbia Science Olympiad finished ninth out of 71 teams from across the country at the MIT Invitational on Saturday in Boston. Affectionately known as “Nationals 1.0,” the tournament is a chance for teams from as far away as California, Texas and Florida to compete against the best of the best in academic events.

Columbia was led by its six returning seniors who contributed incredible performances. The team amassed top 10 finishes in 11 different events and earned seven medals, a new record against such impressive teams.

With the help of his partners, Abby Radin and Natasha Montiel, senior Yang Yang finished 3rd, 4th and 8th in Disease Detectives, Microbe Mission and Forensics, respectively.

Congratulations and good luck to the team as they continue their preparations for the regional tournament that will be held at The College of St. Rose on February 4.

Top 10 Finishes

Place Event Students
3rd Disease Detectives Yang Yang & Abby Radin
3rd Remote Sensing Will Grasso & Sydney Sill
3rd Fermi Questions Peter Sergay & Sydney Sill
4th Microbe Mission Yang Yang & Abby Radin
4th Hovercraft Sam Koblensky & Peter Sergay
5th Invasives Elizabeth Vlieg & Allie Radin
6th Optics Will Grasso & Sam Koblensky
8th Forensics Yang Yang & Natasha Montiel
9th Material Science Albert Chang & Peter Sergay
9th Wind Power Katie Grifferty & Sam Koblensky (special thanks to George Culver)
10th Experimental Design Haley D’Angelo, Albert Chang & Abby Radin


Additional Notable Finishes

Place Event Students
13th Towers Sarina Xin & Albert Chang
14th Robots Fritz Howard & Neil Laya
15th WGYN Cameron Plowinsky & Kelly Nagel