Junior Science Olympiad team places sixth at State Competition

Team members in red shirts with medals and trophy
The Junior Science Olympiad team placed sixth in the state at the New York competition in Syracuse.

Goshen’s Junior Science Olympiad team placed sixth in the state at the New York Science Olympiad State Finals, held April 5 and 6 at East Syracuse-Minoa High School in Syracuse.

Pairs of students competed in 26 different STEM-related events. The top 10 teams in each event received medals, and every team member’s effort was crucial to the team’s overall score as ranking was determined by placement in events. Goshen medaled in 12 of 26 events, including a first place medal for the Game On event and a third place medal for the Meteorology event.

Congratulations to our students:

  • First place, Game On: Arun Foster and Alex Mistretta
  • Third place, Meteorology: Andrew Rampulla and Alex Mistretta
  • Fourth place, Crime Busters: Nahal Jangda and Kiara Paulino
  • Fourth place, Parasitology: Xander Danella and Carlos Alicea
  • Fourth place, Battery Buggy:  Jason Barnes and Carlos Alicea
  • Fifth place, Elastic Launch Gliders: Andrew Rampulla and Aiden Meyers
  • Sixth place, Roller Coaster:  Alex Mistretta and Kiara Paulino
  • Sixth place, Boomilever:  Arun Foster and Kiran Foster
  • Sixth place, Disease Detective:  Kapil Foster and Nahal Jangda
  • Sixth place, Water Quality: Serena Yeddu and Kapil Foster
  • Seventh place, Dynamic Planet: Andrew Rampulla and Cora Pahucki
  • Eighth place, Potions and Poisons: Nahal Jangda and Serena Yeddu

The Junior team consists of 20 students from in grades 6-9 led by head coach Becky DenDanto and assistant coaches Laura Muller, Warren Young and Christina Pahucki. To learn more about the Science Olympiad teams, visit their website.

About Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad was founded in 1984 with the goal of increasing student and teacher participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  One of the premier science competitions in the nation, Science Olympiad provides rigorous challenges to 7800 teams in all 50 states.  New York State has the most active Science Olympiad program of any state in the nation.  More than 242 junior teams from around the state competed in regional competitions resulting in 39 teams qualifying for the state finals.