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Science Olympiad team members place at Rustin Invitational

Group of students in red shirts sitting on bleachers.
Goshen’s Science Olympiad teams at the Rustin Invitational.

On January 5, two Goshen Science Olympiad teams participated in the Rustin Invitational in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In their second competition of the season, the two junior teams placed 11th and 44th overall against 60 highly competitive teams from Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Students competed in pairs with the top 10 teams receiving medals. Goshen’s medal winners included:

  • Battery Buggy:
    • 2nd place – Rohan Chhabra and Jason Barnes
    • 5th place – Jason Diaz and Carlos Alicea
  • Parasitology:
    • 4th place – Julisa Posada and Carlos Alicea
    • 9th place – Xander Danella and Kiara Paulino
  • Roller Coaster:
    • 6th place – Alex Mistretta and Kiara Paulino
  • Water Quality:
    • 7th place – Serena Yeddu and Paul Choi
  • Fossils:
    • 8th place – Catherine Lienemann and Cora Pahucki
  • Herpetology:
    • 8th place – Catherine Lienemann and Cora Pahucki

Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving the quality of science education by encouraging students to explore topics including biology, chemistry, physics, epidemiology, astronomy, computer science and engineering in the STEM competition.  Team members dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to prepare for competitions, leading up to the New York State Competition in April.

The teams consist of students in grades 6-12. They are led by head coach Becky DenDanto and assistant coaches Laura Muller, Warren Young and Christina Pahucki, and parent and community volunteers. The teams will compete next at the regional competition at Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in March.

Learn more about Goshen’s Science Olympiad teams.