Scientifically proven success
Northwood Science Olympiad placed 4th at the 32nd annual Southern California State Science Olympiad Competition held at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) on April 8.
Teams competed in a total of 25 study or construction events involving different scientific fields such as physics, chemistry or anatomy. Members of Northwood Science Olympiad placed within the top five schools in twelve of these events.
“I’m unbelievably proud of our team members for the hard work that they put in this year to achieve the best state placing in recent Northwood history,” president and senior Vincent Guo said. “We’re taking strides to get closer to 1st at state and an eventual showing at Nationals.”
Nineteen total members of Northwood Science Olympiad participated in Saturday’s competition along with teams from 31 other schools. Other high schools from Irvine Unified School District, including University High School and Irvine High School, placed 8th and 11th respectively.
Northwood Science Olympiad had been studying for the state competition ever since it qualified after finishing in 2nd place at the Orange County Regional Competition on Feb. 11.
“All of our team members have worked really hard to collaborate and prepare for invitational, regional and state competitions,” Science Olympiad adviser and Northwood science teacher Victoria Rossetti said. “On top of Honors and AP classes that they take at school, the students dedicate many hours during the week and on weekends to Science Olympiad.”
Northwood Science Olympiad placed 7th at the 2016 state competition, and 5th in 2015. The club regularly meets outside of school hours on campus or at members’ homes.
“Science Olympiad was honestly my favorite extracurricular this year,” freshman Helen Yang said. “After four competitions, long bus rides and countless weekend meetings, I met so many new people and made new friends while learning about everything from science to high school life lessons. Our dedication this year really paid off at regionals and state, and we’ve definitely come so far as a team and family.”
Now that the 2017 Science Olympiad season has ended, the team will celebrate its achievements and bid farewell to senior members at its annual banquet on May 13.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to our seniors, especially since we’ve known them for so long,” Science Olympiad junior Michelle Kim said. “But we’ll definitely carry on their legacy to Science Olympiad next year and for many years to come.”