Goshen’s Junior Science Olympiad earned its spot as one of the top 10 teams in the state during a two-day tournament held in East Syracuse.
The team competed against 39 teams in 25 events, including microbiology, forensic and food chemistry, meteorology and optics. Their engineering capabilities were also tested by building towers, balsa wood planes, bottle rockets, hovercrafts, and energy propulsion vehicles.
The team qualified for the state finals after placing first in the Mid-Hudson Regional Competition on March 4. New York is one of the most active Science Olympiad states in the country with over 650 Division B and C teams. Out of the 221 Division B teams, only 39 advance to compete in the state level.
Students competed in groups of two, each participating in up to four events. The following team members received medals at the State competition:
Jason Barnes and Alex Mistretta: first place, Mission Possible
Kapil Foster and Andrew Rampulla: second place, Wind Power
Melissa Moore and Cora Pahucki: fourth place, Herpetology
Arun Foster and Cora Pahucki: fifth place, Towers
Arun Foster, Alex Mistretta and Andrew Rampulla: sixth place, Experimental Design
Ben Pahucki and Brandon Penrod: seventh place, Scrambler
Melissa Moore and Brandon Penrod: seventh place, Mystery Design
Ben Pahucki and Ryan Mistretta: ninth place, Rocks & Minerals