On Mar. 5, the Concord Science Olympiad competed in the state competition at Delaware State University in Dover. Science Olympiad is a competition in which students compete in science-related topics by either building machines/devices, exhibiting their knowledge, or performing in lab-based activities. SciOly, as competitors call it, requires teams to prepare for the entire year before the annual March competition.
Concord had three top-three finishes: second place in Hydrogeology, second place in Experimental Design, and third place in Wonders of Electricity. Dhruv Mohnot and Yashashri Pendse medaled for Hydrogeology while the team of Pendse, Sebastian Krauthauser, and Kelsi Walker won second place in Experimental Design. Krauthauser and Walker also placed third in Wonders of Electricity.
This was not all. At Science Olympiad, all top ten finishers medal. Junior Tanya Nesterova and freshman Abhinav Ratnagiri finished eighth in Forensics. Mohnot and Jonathan Matsuura also finished eighth in Cell Biology.
Concord also came close in two events, with an 11th place finish in Invasive Species led by Matsuura and Mohnot, and a 12th place finish in Wright Stuff, with freshmen Ratnagiri and Eli Gertler. Concord placed 22nd overall out of 60 teams, with two Charter School of Wilmington teams taking the first and second overall
Thank you to Dr. Leslie McLean and Mr. Wayne Ravenell for coming out and supporting the team. Thanks to Science Olympiad advisor Mr. Robert Lancaster for helping us throughout the entire year and bringing snacks to our practices - we all appreciate it!