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NHS Science Olympiad places 2nd at Regionals

Northwood Science Olympiad defeated all other Irvine high schools to take home the 2nd place trophy at the Regional Competition on March 5, with many of its members medaling in 23 events.

“I’m really impressed with our results, and I’m thrilled that we were able to place 2nd as a school,” said Science Olympiad member junior Brian Fu, who competed in the Electric Vehicle, Hydrogeology and Geologic Mapping events. “Although we didn’t medal in the top six places too many times, we were very solid overall.”

The competition was held at the University of California, Irvine, where teams of 15 competed in 23 events including Cell Biology, Robot Arm and Write It Do It. Two categories were group competitions involved the participation of all team members while the other 21 categories were partner competitions involving the participation of pairs from each team.

Throughout the competition, some students demonstrated their scientific knowledge and skill through an array of multiple choice tests while other students performed tests on various models that they built before the competition. The competition also included a mini science bowl tournament and a closing awards ceremony.

“The awards ceremony was pretty awesome, because it was cool knowing that everyone’s hard work really paid off so far,” said Science Olympiad member senior Jason Zhang, who won three medals in Wind Power, Astronomy and Game On.

Looking forward, members of Northwood Science Olympiad hope to use their experiences at the Science Olympiad Regional Competition to prepare for the Southern California Science Olympiad State Competition at Caltech on April 2.

“I am absolutely thrilled with our regionals results, and I can’t wait to go to state,” said Science Olympiad member and senior Monica Pula, who medaled in Fossils and competed in Hydrogeology and Green Generation. “If we keep the momentum we have right now and if we keep working hard like we have been doing, I think we might even get to the national level!”


Photo provided by Carolyn Hu