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Harriton Science Olympiad continues tradition of excellence with 3rd Place Finish at Nationals
Harriton Science Olympiad continues tradition of excellence with 3rd Place Finish at Nationals

Harriton High School Science Olympiad recently traveled to Ithaca, New York to compete in the 35th Annual National Science Olympiad Tournament hosted by Cornell University as the Rams continued their tradition of excellence with a tremendous all-around performance en route to a third place finish overall.

This marks Harriton's 26th consecutive top-ten finish and fourth top-three finish at Nationals in as many years – the latter being a feat unmatched by any other team in the country. Harriton also claimed a fifth consecutive state championship just a few weeks ago – their 21st in the last 22 years – qualifying them to compete at the National competition.

"The consistent excellence that our students demonstrate at the highest level is awesome in the truest sense of the word," said Science Olympiad co-sponsor and chemistry teacher Brian Gauvin. "I am incredibly proud of the team and especially our seniors, many of whom have been on the team for four years. They will be sorely missed but they have worked hard to leave behind an incredible legacy for the students moving up to their positions next year."

One of the country's most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, the National Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions. Rigorous hands-on and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities, industry and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in engineering, physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, coding and much more.

Senior Avery Parr was also award a special $10,000 "Founder's Scholarship" - in commemoration of the retirement of Science Olympiad's founder – for his outstanding achievement in Science Olympiad, including his work with the Pennsylvania Science Olympiad Urban Initiative, which helped bring Science Olympiad to schools in Philadelphia.

Seniors: Madeline Chimento, Robert Choh-Fleming, Hannah Klatte, Yvonne Lim, Avery Parr, Matthew Pearl, Michelle Qin, Ashwini Shende, Samuel Weissman, Saini Ye

3rd PlaceCircuit LabAvery Parr, Michelle Qin
4th PlaceAnatomy & PhysiologyAshwini Shende, Michelle Qin
4th PlaceDisease DetectivesAshwini Shende, Sam Weissman
4th PlaceExperimental DesignRichard Haslam, Pat McCann, Allison Zhang
4th PlaceGeologic MappingPat McCann, Sunme Zhao
5th PlaceChemistry LabAvery Parr, Monali Zhao
5th PlaceProtein ModelingHannah Klatte, Ashwini Shende, Sam Weissman
6th PlaceForensicsRichard Haslam, Monali Zhao

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