CRANFORD, NJ - A group of Arthur L. Johnson High School students recently went to Union County College to compete in the New Jersey Science Olympiad Tournament. After months of preparation, the dedicated team researched topics ranging from Anatomy and Physiology to Ornithology.

Clark’s students were up against 28 other high schools across New Jersey as the students were given the opportunity to build models, perform science experiments, and take several knowledge-based tests.

Participants, Catarina Costa and Joe Hovick competed in the chemistry lab and were thrilled to put their chemistry knowledge to the test. Both enjoyed the written portion along with the acids and bases lab experiment.

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“I like the Chemistry Lab event because it’s something I’d want to do as my career,” said Joe Hovick. “It’s a great experience to be in the lab and working with all the materials and equipment,”.

Sophie Bizink and Melanie Lipari-Pazienza competed in the gravity vehicle event and felt accomplished when their model was successful. The objective of the event was to release a vehicle down a ramp by the force of gravity. Throughout their countless practice trials, the students were able to identify different ways to alter their vehicle to increase the speed and distance.

According to Bizink, “While at the competition, seeing our vehicle obtain a personal best in regards to distance and speed was truly an accomplishment which we strived for throughout the building process.” 

In the end, regardless of the placement, advisors, Suzanne Nagourney, Jeanette Morse, and Anna Radcliffe were extremely proud of the students’ motivation to expand their knowledge of science outside of the classroom setting.

List of students participating were:

  • David Augustyn
  • Sophie Bizink
  • Catarina Costa
  • Deanna Dennigan
  • Kaitlyn Diaz
  • Hannah Englese
  • Claudia Ferreira
  • Jorge Guerra
  • Joseph Hovick
  • Victoria Hrinda
  • Martha Kolfenbach
  • Jenna Lipari Pazienza
  • Melanie Lipari Pazienza
  • Rosemary Lopez
  • Ashely Younan