Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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Columbia at 2018 Science Olympiad National ChampionshipColumbia High School’s Science Olympiad team made its fifth consecutive trip to the National Championship this past weekend in Colorado, and had its best finish yet. Columbia placed 12th in the nation and Peter Sergay and Owen Ball won a national championship in their event Game On, which tests students in computer programming.

Columbia also won medals in three other events – Mission Possible, Hovercraft and Optics.

Recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, Science Olympiad brings together the top 60 high school teams advancing from state-level tournaments to compete in 26 different events.

“The teamwork and poise our kids exhibited was extraordinary,” said Columbia head coach Diana Prout. “Under the intense pressure, and ups and downs of competition, they managed to accomplish all their goals! Thanks to all of you who have participated in and helped make Columbia Science Olympiad what it is today! We couldn’t do it without the “shoulders” of all you alumni!”

Sergay and Ball at 2018 Science Olympiad Nationals

Peter Sergay and Owen Ball receive gold medals in the Game On event.

Medal Winners

National Champions – Game On
Peter Sergay and Owen Ball

3rd Place – Mission Possible
Owen Ball and George Culver

3rd Place – Hovercraft
Sam Koblensky and Peter Sergay

6th Place – Optics
Owen Ball and Sam Koblensky