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Westlake Science Olympiad Team Shines In Regionals

Advisers of Westlake High's Science Olympiad team are Ray Szczerba and Tom Hall.
Advisers of Westlake High's Science Olympiad team are Ray Szczerba and Tom Hall. Photo Credit: Westlake Central School District

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westlake High School's Science Olympiad team participated in the Lower Hudson Valley Regionals at Byram Hills High School on Jan. 30, and the students' hard work paid off.

Science Olympiad veterans Dean Perkins and Xavier Varga took second place in the electric vehicle event, where a programmed car had to stop closest to a designated spot on the runway. The pair also placed 10th in the robotics competition, a test to see how many objects their homemade robot could pick up and put away.

Teammates Steven Brunetto and Charles Panzarella placed fifth in the air trajectory challenge, where accuracy in sending a pingpong ball airborne toward a target was secondary to getting their catapult to work. But persevering, the two made adjustments and beat out 37 other teams for fifth place.

Brunetto also partnered with Jennifer Hutnik for the hydrogeology test, where their knowledge of groundwater flow and contamination and the ability to apply it to complex real-world situations earned them 10th place.

Westlake’s 14 team members enjoyed the competition and are already taking aim at next year's competition.

There were 43 teams competing in both knowledge and building events.

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