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May 26, 2012

Roxbury competes in 20th state junior high Science Olympiad

Roxbury Central School competed in its 20th State Finals of the New York State Science Olympiad for junior high schools in April, an RCS media release announced.

The quest to get to the state finals began last fall, when more than 11,000 students from more than 400 New York state school districts participated in the competition.

The RCS Rockets was one of 42 junior high teams to make it through the winter regionals competition, coming in at second place overall behind the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district.

At the state finals, the Rockets competed in 25 events and placed in seven of those events in the top half. In two of those seven events, RCS finished in the top 10, the media release said.

The team's best finish was its sixth-place medal, in "Mousetrap Vehicles."

Junior High events, placement, if applicable, and participants are as follows:

Anatomy and Physiology, Samantha Vickery and Michaela Jordan.

Awesome Aquifer, Shannon Sprague and Jessica Moore.

Bottle Rockets, Nick Sprague and Caroline Davis.

Buoy oh Buoy, Isabell Battista and Molly O'Brien.

Compute This, Samantha Vickery and Justina Jordan.

Crime Busters, Jennifer Blunt and Molly O'Brien.

Disease Detective, Molly O'Brien and Jennifer Blunt.

Dynamic Planet, Larissa Shultis and Kyle Faraci.

Experimental Design, Samantha Vickery, Isabell Battista and Nick Sprague.

Food Science, Samantha Vickery and Justina Jordan.

Forestry, 12th, Shannon Sprague and Jessica Moore.

Helicopter Egg Drop, 15th, Nick Sprague and Michaela Jordan.

Keep the Heat, Michaela Jordan and Larissa Shultis.

Meteorology, Larissa Shultis and Kyle Faraci.

Microbe Mission, Isabell Battista and Molly O'Brien.

Mission Possible, Nick Sprague and Mica Garcia.

Mousetrap Vehicles, sixth-place medal, Nick Sprague and Mica Garcia.

Optics, 20th, Isabell Battista and Michaela Jordan.

Reach for the Stars, Justina Jordan and Jessica Moore.

Road Scholar, Larissa Shultis and Kyle Faraci.

Rocks and Minerals, 17th, Larissa Shultis and Kyle Faraci.

Storm the Castle, Caroline Davis and Mica Garcia.

Towers, 16th, Caroline Davis and Shannon Sprague.

Water Quality, Isabell Battista and Jennifer Blunt.

Write It/Do It, eighth, Samantha Vickery and Mica Garcia.

RCS was recognized by tournament officials at the awards ceremony for its 20th appearance at finals.

In the New York State Science Olympiad's history, only four teams have reached that milestone and none have exceeded it, according to the press release.

Team coaches are Fred Zimmerman, Jessica Boyer, Jamie Kellerhouse, Al Vigna, Joan Riordan and Jason Stevenson, with Becky Jones as team assistant.

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