On Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, the Wheatley Science Olympiad team competed in the New York State Science Olympiad Finals at Kellenberg Memorial High School. The top 52 teams (of over 628 registered teams) from all over New York State qualified to compete at this year’s Olympiad. The students participated in all 25 official events, which were divided between Friday evening and all-day Saturday.
Wheatley’s team consisted of seniors Michael Lituchy, Allison Chowdhury, Anum Mitha, Joseph Jacob, Davin Bahk, and Aakash Jhaveri; juniors Rohan Gulati, Courtney Schwartz, and Seung min Yi; and sophomores Andrew Zuckerman, Arihant Jain, Christopher Shen, Jeffrey Poomkudy, Krista Chen and Joy Bestourous. The advisors to the team are Tom Van Bell and Thomas Storck.
Michael Lituchy and Andrew Zuckerman won the 10th place medal for the Anatomy and Physiology event. Allison Chowdhury and Courtney Schwartz also won a 10th place medal for the Food Chemistry event, and Joe Jacob and Andrew Zuckerman took home a 10th place medal for the Technical Problem Solving event.
In addition, Wheatley was given the award for Best Performance by a New School given that this is only the fourth year that Wheatley has had a Science Olympiad team.
Wheatley placed a very respectable 21st overall out of the 52 teams, with only 4 other Long Island public school teams placing higher. Congratulations to the team and the advisors and kudos to all the hard work that the team put in this year!