The Weber Middle School Science Olympiads Team 1 finished in first place in the Western LI Science Olympiad regional competition for the 7th consecutive year. The team won medals in 17 out of 18 events and took home an incredible 34 medals in all. These students will now compete in the NY State championship on April 20 and 21 at SUNY New Paltz. The members of the team are: Clara Ahn, Rachel Cohen, Elizabeth Corteselli, Sahil Doshi, Matthew Heiden, Paul Hyman, Jason Lee, Annabelle May, Leah Nash, Sen Ninan, Ryohei Ozaki, Ethan Richards, Aditi Schroff, Jai Sajnani, Elena Stabile, Dainn Woo and Christina Zhou.
Weber's Team 2 finished 5th in the competition, and won a total of 10 medals in five events. The members of Team 2 are: Hannah Blumberg, Renee Cohen, Jon Curtis, Jacob Eisenberg, Elana Galassi, Isha Gupta, Minah Kim, Jillian Knoll, Michael Krellenstein, Denis McDonnell, Robin Mehta, Oliver Phillipson, Sara Rodrigues, Matthew Rybecky, Jason Stewart, Cameron Tait-Ozer and Sohini Upadhyay.
The National Science Olympiad program promotes student interest in science and improves the quality of science education. The organization brings science to life by showing how science works and emphasizing the problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts. The Science Olympiads develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students and make science education more exciting so more students will enroll in science courses and engage in other science activities. It also promotes high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence, to demonstrate that American students can perform at a level that surpasses expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers. Another goal is to attract more students, particularly females and minorities, to professional and technical careers in science, technology and science education.
The first National Science Olympiad Tournament was hosted by Michigan State University in May, 1985. Seventeen states participated in that tournament. There are now over 14,000 k-12 schools participating from all 50 states, Canada and other countries. Under the direction of Weber teachers Jack Grande and Cheryl Dodes, the team meets after school and on weekends. The teachers are assisted by two Schreiber students who are alumni of the program. Jason Lifton, who will graduate in June, has been involved since he was in the sixth grade and Stephen Nash, a tenth grader, is completing his fifth year of involvement.