On Saturday, April 7, more than two dozen Taft students traveled to the University of Connecticut to participate in the Connecticut Science Olympiad (SciOly).
While the 23 events of SciOly are all science related, there are several different types: pure knowledge test (astronomy), identification with questions (herpetology), lab activity (chemistry lab), construction (towers), and construction with questions (hovercraft). Two to three students from each school enter each event and medals are awarded for placing in the top four positions. A total team score is the sum of the team's 23 places, and low score wins. This year, 44 teams participated.
The Taft A team earned eight individual medals and placed inside the top ten in five additional events. This earned them an overall fourth place. While the Taft B team did not earn any medals, they placed in the top ten in four events.
Taft's 2018 medal winners and top 10 finishers are:
- Gerry Calles and Louise Gagnon: Herpetology (2nd place)
- Sydney Gerbel and Louise Gagnon: Rocks and Minerals (2nd place)
- Bill Lu and Peter Yu: Fermi Questions (3rd place)
- Bill Lu and Peter Yu: Remote Sensing (3rd place)
- Portia Wang and Julia Kashimura: Hovercraft (3rd place)
- Sydney Gerbal and Yejin Kim: Chemistry Lab (3rd place)
- Carloyn Yow and Leo Yuan: Thermodynamics (4th place)
- Magda Kisielinska and Louise Gagnon: Disease Detectives (5th place)
- Joanna Kleszczewski and Louise Gagnon: Astronomy (7th place)
- Bill Lu and Leo Li: Game On (7th place)
- Portia Wang and Julia Kashimura: Optics (8th place)
- Jerry Chan: Hovercraft (5th place)
- Marcus Valenta and Jerry Chan: Mousetrap Vehicle (5th place)
- Marcus Valenta and Stephen Cho: Helicopters (6th place)
- Drca Bojana and Ernest Protas: Astronomy (9th place)
The Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments. Approximately 15,000 schools participate in Science Olympiad events across the nation. For a full list of results and more information, visit ctscienceolympiad.org.