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Westlake Places Fifth At Science Olympiad

Westlake's Brianna Calamis and Taylor Chiera built a balsa wood plane powered by elastic bands. The competition was to have their plane fly in the air the longest. Photo Credit: Contributed
Westlake Science Olympiad team advisers Ray Szczerba and Tom Hall with the team trophies. Photo Credit: Contributed
Westlake Middle School's Science Olympiad team placed fifth. Photo Credit: Eileen Farrell

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westlake Middle School’s Science Olympiad team placed fifth out of a field of 25 schools from Westchester and Rockland at the regional science competition held at Scarsdale Middle School on Saturday.

This was Westlake’s best showing at regionals. Team members were paired off for the knowledge-based and building events, which they had been preparing for since the fall.

Placing at the competition were:

First place: Matheus Louzada and Olivia Cartano — Write It, Do It (A technical writing exercise where one student writes a description of a contraption and other students attempts to recreate it using only the written description.)

Second place: Kaitlyn Park and Olivia Eng — Green Generations (Students answer questions involving the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends and sustainability concepts.)

Third place: Kaitlyn Park and Olivia Eng — Disease Detective (Students use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on population growth.)

Third Place: Macarthur Varga and Vito Malaj — Air Trajectory (Teams design, construct and calibrate a device capable of launching projectiles into a target.)

Fourth place: Macarthur Varga and Pranav Vadapalli — Fossils (Teams demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by identifying fossils and answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.)

Fifth place: Paul Gschneidner and Olivia Eng — Microbe Mission (Teams answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes.)

Fifth place: Taylor Chiera and Brianna Calamis — Picture This (Team members take turns drawing representations of a set of scientific terms/concepts while the other team member guesses the term being drawn.

Sixth place: Paul Gschneidner and Olivia Cartano — Picture This (see above)

With eight medals and placing fifth overall, Westlake's team was just one spot shy of going to states.

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