Huntington Science Olympiad Team Members Capture Awards
By Jim Hoops
Huntington High School sent two teams of 15 students each to the Suffolk Science Olympiad earlier this month. The all-day competition at Ward Melville High School drew 40 squads from across the county.
Accompanied by science research program teachers Lori Kenny and Dame Forbes, the Huntington team members engaged in a battle involving 18 separate events with numerous prizes and a berth in the state finals up for grabs.
“Although Huntington fell short of its goal of reaching the state level, the students were excited and are already preparing for next year’s competition,” Ms. Forbes said. Team members Brian Gilbert, Marc Feldman, Aron Coraor and Steve Yeh captured individual awards in various events.
“The Olympiad competition is a great opportunity to get many students involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related events,” Ms. Forbes said. “We look forward to the competition each year.”
Huntington High School science teachers Nicole Cooper, Joseph Cohen and Alyssa D’Agostino assisted in judging at the Suffolk Science Olympiad earlier this month.
“Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets,” according to the organization’s website. “Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.”