The Harriton Science Olympiad team recently returned from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where they placed 2nd overall at the 2013 National Science Olympiad. Harriton earned its best national finish since 2005 and scored more gold medals in individual events (five) than any other team.
The team's extraordinary accomplishment is even more impressive when considering all 60 of the participating high schools finished as either champion or runner-up in their respective states and that many of the schools are science magnets and/or twice as large as Harriton.
Of the 23 disciplines in Science Olympiad, Harriton won individual medals in 14 events -- Harriton's best medal count ever at a National Science Olympiad. Each of the gold medal winners was offered a full academic scholarship to Wright State University if they choose to attend. Throughout the competition the team also picked up a $1,000 prize package from Texas Instruments and a $500 gift card from Ward Scientific.
Last month, the Rams punched their ticket to the national tournament after capturing an unprecedented sixteenth consecutive state championship just a few weeks ago at Juniata College.
National Gold Medal Winners
Ciruit Lab: Justin Keenan, Michael Schaffer
Mag Lev Vehicle: Justin Keenan, Holden McGinnis
Robot Arm: Justin Keenan, Alec Rosenbaum
Technical Problem Solving: Holden McGinnis, Grace McKenzie-Smith
Thermodynamics: Holden McGinnis, Michael Schaffer
Silver Medal Winners
Designer Genes: Grace McKenzie-Smith, Jamie Song
Elastic Launch Glider: Mirriam Lee, Emmanuelle Bonin, Nathan Wagman, Justin Keenan
Bronze Medal Winners
Gravity Vehicle: Justin Keenan, Samantha Davis
Fouth Place Medals
Anatomy & Physiology: Emily Mazo, Grace McKenzie-Smith
Astronomy: Michael Schaffer, Camilla Schneier
Boomilever: Matt Zhao, Bidget Wilby
Fifth Place Medals
Forensics: Emily Mazo, Gideon Haber
Write It, Do It: Holden McGinnis, Grace McKenzie-Smith
Sixth Place Medals
Fermi Questions: Holden McGinnis, John Powell