High School Science Olympiad Team Makes Top 20 in State


The high school’s Science Olympiad team finished in 20th place overall in the 31st annual New York State competition, held in March at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

It was the third consecutive year that the team has qualified for the event, where they competed against the top 54 New York high schools, winnowed down from the more than 400 schools that originally competed in the individual regional competitions across the state. Previously, the school’s best finish at the state competition was 38th place in 2005.

The team, led by senior and captain Lauren Schadt, also included seniors Schuyler Dineen, Sean Dineen, Alex Geneci, Brian Lithen, Wendy Tully-Gustafson and Amber Yildizel; juniors James O’Halloran and Brendan Mercado; sophomores Grace Constantino, Julia Hormann, Morgiana McDevitt, Kyle Ness and Anthony Zavala; and freshman Matt Southard.

In addition to reaching 20th place overall as a team, four paired medals were earned, including fifth place in the Green Generation event by Schuyler Dineen and Zavala, sixth place in Robot Arm by Sean Dineen and Geneci, and sixth place in Dynamic Planet and 10th place in Remote Sensing by Schuyler Dineen and Lithen.

“This was a tremendous year in the history of the Science Olympiad program at the high school, and a huge accomplishment for our Islip students,” said Matthew Christiansen, the high school’s science/business chairperson. “This could not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of assistant coach Kelly Mackey and Islip’s science and technology departments, and the support of our administrators, teachers, Board of Education and community.”