Harriton Science Olympiad Repeats as Second Place Finisher at National Competition

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By Ricky Sayer (Note: This is a breaking story, check back for updates.)

The Harriton High School Science Olympiad Team have captured second place for the second year in a row. With a score of 211, the Harriton team actually tied with the third place team Solon. Harriton was awarded second on a tiebreaker.The Harriton team has a long history of success and owns the Pennsylvania record for the longest Academic or Athletic Championship streak. This year at the state competition, the team scored a record low 39 points where they medaled in every event. At this year’s national competition, held at Wright State University, the team medaled in 10 events (out of 23). Harriton took home two 1st places in the events remote sensing and invasive species.

The Harriton team is known for their hard work and dedication. Students begin working on their events at the beginning of the school year. Many students stay at school every day after school until 5:30 preparing for competition. Harriton is led by Advisor Brian Guavin. Something unique to Harritons team is that regardless of if a teammate is competing or not, the team member is invited to come to all competitions. The team believes this fosters members to work together so the student who is competing can be the most prepared for competition.

According to a press release published on the Science Olympiad Website “Recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions this spring. Rigorous hands-on and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology and engineering.”

Harriton medaled in the following events:

Remote Sensing – 1st

Optics – 2nd

Microbe Mission – 3rd

Materials Science – 4th

Invasive Species – 1st

Electric Vehicle – 3rd

Dynamic Planet – 4th

Disease Detectives – 3rd

Chemistry Lab – 3rd
Anatomy and Physiology – 3rd

This story will be updated soon with more information.

Ricky Reports is not affiliated with Harriton High School

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