Lakeview and Riverview Elementary Schools Win Big at NJ Science Olympiad

Lakeview Elementary kids Credits: Megan Roche
Asher Culnen with Dr. Richard Costa Credits: Megan Roche

DENVILLE—The Board of Education recognized elementary school students who participated in a state wide Elementary School Science Olympiad tournament. Two Denville elementary schools represented by students in fourth and fifth grade were included and both teams succeeded extremely well, earning gold and silver medals throughout many of the Science Olympiad events.

The Science Olympiad is held every year and provides students in grades 4-6 a chance to work on a specific project that kids the same age are working on. This year, the competition was held in Lakewood. There were 11 other schools competing, but both Riverview and Lakeview shined.

Lakeview Elementary fourth grader Asher Culnensaid that he was proud to be a part of the Science Olympiad team.

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“The Science Olympiad was really fun to compete in. I’m really proud to be on a team with my classmates. We all had fun and that’s what matters most.  ”

According to Dr. Richard Costa, a Science teacher at Lakeview, the Lakeview Lions took home five medals. Costa also spoke about how the sportsmanship he witnessed was one of a kind.

“The team worked very hard to prepare for the tournament and represented Lakeview in a very positive way. Their sportsmanship and support for one another was exemplary.”

The teams were honored at the meeting with certificates and multiple rounds of applause. Both science teachers from Lakeview and Riverview were present and offered their congratulations to some of Denville’s youngest scientists.

“I don’t think I used the words, I’m proud of you enough. It was just a wonderful day.” Mr. Richard Rossi, Riverview Elementary science teacher, told his students as he was giving them their certificates. “You all made me so proud, but you guys did all the work, I just rode the bus with you.”

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on April 27 at Valleyview Middle School at 7:30 p.m. 

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