South Orangetown Central School District

Tappan Zee High School’s Science Olympiad team is gearing up for the North Pocono Invitational Science Olympiad Competition on January 28!  

The team (some, not all pictured), led by advisors TZHS technology teacher Nick DeSantis and TZHS science teacher Michael Francesco, has been busy preparing over the last several weeks for this competition, which includes over 20 events. “The events change every year and they focus on topics like anatomy and physiology, astronomy and laboratory events in chemistry, biology and forensics,” explained Co-President Meline K. “There are also events focused on building and engineering like designing a model plane and the Scrambler car. I really enjoy these competitions because there is something for everyone since they feature such a wide variety of topics,” added Co-President Matt T. Senior Meline is planning on studying medicine when she graduates TZHS. “I first became a member of the Science Olympiad team when I was in middle school and I think the experience has really helped me decide which science field I want to pursue because I got to learn about so many different areas of science over the years,” said Meline.

Following this competition, the team will also participate in the Lower Hudson Valley Regional Tournament at Byram Hills High School on February 4, where they will compete to rank in the top five teams to qualify for the States competition. “This is a particularly good group of students, with many of them starting as members of the Science Olympiad team at South Orangetown Middle School. We have a team with dynamic leaders that really work to motivate the team to do well and everyone has a great time,” said Francesco. “The Science Olympiad team kind of acts like a sports team where we prepare as a team, practice for the competitions and our advisors are akin to what a coach does to teach and motivate our team,” noted Matt.  

We wish the team the best of luck on Saturday!

TZHS Science Olympiad team