Westfield High School’s Science Olympiad Team placed among the top six medalists at the Jan. 11 regional competition held at New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Competing against close to 500 students from 18 different high schools, the following WHS students earned medals for skills in science and technology:  Ethan Manning and Samantha Shih for 3rd place in Write It Do It; Sara Frankel and Lotte Seltzer for 3rd place in Wind Power; Natalia Zeller-MacLean and Jack Cunningham for 5th place in Electric Vehicles; Camden Beinhaker and Lily Talmont for 5th place in Helicopters; and Morgan Miovski, Uma Lakshman and Sloan Slusher for 6th place in Protein Modeling.

The team is now preparing for competition on Feb. 4 at the Princeton Invitational which will host 36 teams representing 21 schools from five states, and for the state competition to be held on March 7at Middlesex County College. WHS Science teachers and Science Olympiad advisers, Dana Philipps and Louis Casagrande will accompany the qualifying teams. 

“Dr. Philipps and I are proud to have such a talented team this year. Under the guidance of their student leaders, they have been working since September to learn their events and build their devices, and it is wonderful to see their hard work pay off,” stated Dr. Casagrande.