I have just returned from New Paltz, New York. There are several things I enjoy in New Paltz but every trip is generally for the same purpose – NYS Division B Science Olympiad state competition.
The top 38 teams in NYS were at SUNY-New Paltz to compete for the chance to travel to Augusta, Georgia in May and compete against the top teams in the country. Augusta State University will host the national Science Olympiad tournament May 14-17. The top two teams in Division B from each state will attend this tournament.
This year my school district’s team – Maine-Endwell Middle School – did very well. Out of 25 events, Maine-Endwell received individual medals in eight. Individual medals are given out for the top six places in each event. In the overall competition, Maine-Endwell placed fourth overall. When one considers the schools who placed ahead of M-E have student populations sometimes twice the size of M-E, that is impressive even if it is not good enough to move on to the next level.
As the Southern Tier Regional Coordinator for Division B (grades 5-9), I was equally interested in how the other two teams from our area finished at the state tournament.
Horseheads Middle School received its first ever top ten finish by placing seventh overall. The team received six individual medals in that effort.
St John the Evangelist School, a part of the Broome County Catholic Schools, placed 19th overall in the tournament. The team received two individual medals in that effort.
Maine-Endwell received recognition in a tee shirt contest held at the competition. Pictures of the front and back of the tee shirt will be posted soon.
With over 500 teams in NYS in both the B and C division, being one of the 38 teams that had an invitation to compete in the state tournament is an honor. It is also a lot of work as students start learning and testing and practicing for events in September. There is a regional competition where placement at the top of those teams earns a team the trip to the state tournament.
Way to Maine-Endwell, Horseheads and St John’s!