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Westfield High School Wins Multiple Medals at Science Olympiad

The medalists, many of whom are pictured in their original designed t-shirts for the competition, include (l-r): Jessica Doyle, Sophia Palia, Mark Gillespie, Alex Mossawir, Andrew Annitsakis, Michael Roggenburg, Alistair Kapadia, Alex Beals, Pat Woods, Matthew Cohen, and Jack McKinley. Credits: Westfield Public Schools

Westfield High School’s Science Olympiad teams returned from the regional competition at New Jersey Institute of Technology with medals for top six finishes in six events.  A total of 37 WHS students participated in two teams and were accompanied by Science teachers Louis Casagrande and Dana Phillips. 

Westfield’s performance garnered an 8th place finish in the competition out of 19 teams competing, which places the team, now combined into one, in the State competition to take place on Tuesday, March 11, at Middlesex Community College.

Events at the January 16th competition included using machines or equipment that the students designed and built ahead of time to complete certain tasks (such as delivering a raw egg a certain distance without breaking), practical design and performance on laboratory techniques, or analyses of scientific data from astronomy or geology. The following events  earned medals for WHS students at the NJIT competition:

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Event                                                   Place    Students

We've Got Your Number                    3rd                   Alex Beals, Mark Gillespie

Circuit Lab                                          4th                   Mark Gillespie, Alex Mossawir

Mission Possible                                  4th                   Andrew Annitsakis, Sophia Palia

Elastic Glider (team 2)                        4th                   Jack McKinley, Pat Woods

Dynamic Planet                                   5th                   Jessica Doyle, Sophia Palia

Scrambler                                            5th                   Andrew Annitsakis, Alistair Kapadia

Elastic Glider (team 1)                        6th                   Matthew Cohen, Michael Roggenburg


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