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Columbia Science Olympiad team at state championshipColumbia’s Science Olympiad team earned the title of New York State Champions at the New York State Finals held at Le Moyne College this past weekend, earning a sixth consecutive trip to the National Championships.

Of the almost 680 Science Olympiad teams in New York, only the top 56 earn the privilege to advance to the state finals. Columbia had an incredibly successful day – earning a medal in each of the 23 events – including four State Champions, six Silver medalists and two Bronze medalists. There were an additional 11 finishes in the Top-10.

Science Olympiad challenges students in STEM-based events in various subjects, such as astronomy, biology, chemistry and engineering.

Columbia’s team broke a long-standing record by winning the event with the Best Overall Team Score ever recorded in New York Science Olympiad’s 34-year history. Columbia will represent New York as State Champions at the National Finals to be held at Cornell University in June.

Columbia Science Olympiad team at state championshipGood Luck to our State Champions!

Individual Medalists:


Kelly Nagel and Owen Ball – ASTRONOMY
Sydney Sill and Kelly Nagel – HERPETOLOGY
George Culver and Clara Xin – WATER QUALITY
Lindsey Conboy and Justine Fournier – WRITE IT – DO IT


Noelle Maloney and Sydney Sill – ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY
Sam Koblensky and Ryan Allen – CHEMISTRY LAB
Sydney SIll and George Culver – DESIGNER GENES
Owen Ball and George Culver – MISSION POSSIBLE
Sam Koblensky and Lindsey Conboy – SOUNDS OF MUSIC
Noelle Maloney and Ekansh Agrawal – WRIGHT STUFF


Kate Burns and Nina Tedeschi – GEOLOGIC MAPPING
Sam Koblensky and George Culver – THERMODYNAMICS


Ryan Doyle and Nidhi Shah – 4th Place – FORENSICS
Ryan Allen and Kelly Nagel – 5th Place – BOOMILEVER
Ryan Allen and Owen Ball – 5th place in FERMI
Ryan Doyle and Nidhi Shah – 5th Place – MOUSETRAP VEHICLE
Kate Burns, Nidhi Shah, Clara Xin – 6th Place – CODE BUSTERS
Kelly Nagel, Noelle Maloney and Lindsey Conboy – 6th Place – EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
Justine Fournier and Ryan Doyle – 6th Place – FOSSILS
Owen Ball and Sam Koblensky – 7th Place – CIRCUIT LAB
Nina Tedeschi and Kate Burns – 7th Place – DYNAMIC PLANET
Bailey Tator and Simon O’Connor – 9th Place – PARASITOLOGY
Sydney Sill, Ekansh Agrawal and Nina Tedeschi – 10th Place – PROTEIN MODELING