CLARK, NJ - Students from Kumpf Middle School joined 19 other middle schools and 20 high schools at the NJ Science Olympiad Regional held on Monday, January 6, 2020, in Newark at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  NJIT is home to one of three regionals that take place across NJ during the month of January.

The Science Olympiad is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving science education. The Science Olympiad tournaments are scholastic competitions that test students on their science knowledge through a series of competitive games at the elementary, middle school and high school level. 

Kumpf’s team placed ninth out of twenty teams this year which was a big improvement from 2019 when they finished in seventeenth place.  Kumpf’s team members competed in 14 different areas that included both written tests and device building. 

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The students began their preparation in September and trained with various teachers in the building for their events.  Some of the events included: Computer game coding, Mousetrap car creation, Glider Plane creation, Ornithology, Fossils, Boomilever creation, Electrical Circuits, and many more.

“We are so proud of all the students who participated in the Science Olympiad.,” said Richard Delmonaco, Principal of Kumpf Middle School. “It is not an easy competition and requires a lot of work.  Our students did a great job.  I am thankful to all the teachers who volunteered to help organize and assist our students prepare for the Science Olympiad!”

Three groups placed in the top 6 in three events, to which the students received medals.  The medalists and their events were:

            Write it - Do it (2nd Place) - Johnny Schelhorn and Mikey Shelhorn  

            Game On (3rd Place) - Noah Stout and Grace Wright  

            Elastic Launched Glider (5th Place) - Antonio Rafoa and Noah Stout  

The team now waits until January 20 to see if they are qualified to attend the State finals to be held at Middlesex County College in Edison, on March 10, 2020.  There the top 27 teams in the State will compete for the chance to be the one team to attend the Science Olympiad Nationals at North Carolina State University May 15-16, 2020.

Schools officials said the 2020 Science Olympiad team members are:

Dyan Cahill, Nico Cardoso, Kai Caro, Talia Fabrizzio, Jayden Garcia, Kyle Gunsiorowski, Emma Herko, Jennifer Hovick, Isabella Mierzejewski, Jillian Olear, Tania Oliveira, Vania Oliveira, Antonio Rafoa, Eva Sarantidis, Nila Sarantidis, Johnny Schelhorn, Mikey Shelhorn, Noah Stout, Grace Wright, Tania Oliveira, Vania Oliveira, and Eva Sarantidis

Coaches of the 2020 Science Olympiad team are:

Mrs. Bihuniak, Mrs. Caravano, Mr. Griffith, Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Lamberti, Mr. Peitz, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Serwedes, Ms. Veiksans and Ms. Zaleski

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