The Goff Science Olympiad team placed first at the Capital District Science Olympiad Regional Competition on Saturday, March 6. The regional title qualifies them to compete at the New York State Finals on April 17.
“This year has been quite challenging since all of competitions have been online,” said Science Olympiad Coach Donnamarie Vlieg. “On the positive side, we have been able to compete in some very prestigious competitions like the Harvard-Brown competition where the team earned four medals and the University of Michigan competition where we earned eight medals against nationally ranked teams. The team members have learned to work together with a spirit of positivity and cooperation to compete in the virtual environment. It has been very hard to feel like a team since we are never together so everyone was so thankful that we were able to celebrate our regional success at an awards ceremony where the students were presented with their medals and our first place trophy.”
Three teams from Goff competed in the regional competition. The Varsity team placed first overall and the JV team placed third.
Since the teams were only able to compete in academic events this year, the students competed in 15 events instead of the usual 25. Goff earned GOLD medals in 9 events, SILVER medals in 7 events and BRONZE medals in 7 events.
The team members this year are:
Ninth graders: Shannon Breimer, Prithul Gautam, Emma Gentile, Ria Hedge, Annie Hall, Allie Holston, Morgan Sanford, Mason Smith, Ada Wu, Sophia Xin,
Eighth graders: Aadit Akula, Ariana Baptista, Shreeya Gillela, Elle Hutton, Thomas Marchiony, Shreeya Pullela, Mokshagna Ravilla, Alyssa Sentz, Umaiza Shah, Jasper Travis, Sophia Xiao
Seventh graders: Abhigyan Das, Ryan Ecker, Piper Gentile, Omkar Kamat, Natalie Krisanda, Lilli Larson, Addie Panasci, Zach Sanford, Hayaa Shah, Lucy Thomas, Holly Thorpe, Brooke Wagner, Isabella Webster.