Science Olympiad Team Earns 27 Medals at Regionals


The high school’s three Science Olympiad teams participated in the annual Eastern Long Island Regional competition on Jan. 30, earning a total of 27 medals for their top 10 finishes in several individual events. The event, held at Brentwood High School, featured 47 teams from 24 different Suffolk County high schools, vying for the opportunity to advance to the New York State competition in March at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

Islip’s A team earned 18 medals and an overall second-place finish overall, solidifying the team’s spot for the state competition. The B and C teams finished in a tie for 10th place overall in the region.

In the Astronomy category, James O’Halloran and Brendan Mercado finished in first place. In Air Trajectory, Dom Caruso and Sean Dineen finished third. In Chemistry Lab, Dineen and Mimita Rahman finished third. In Cell Biology, Lauren Schadt and Amber Yildizel finished in eighth. In Disease Detectives Morgiana McDevitt and Matt Southard finished in fifth, while Wendy Tully-Gustafson and Yildizel finished in sixth. In Dynamic Planet, Dineen and Brian Lithen finished in second. In Forensics, McDevitt and Southard earned first place, while Julia Hormann and Schadt finished ninth. In Game On, Alex Geneci and Dylan Lima finished third, while Kyle Ness and Anthony Zavala finished eighth. In Geologic Mapping, Lithen and Ness finished ninth. In Green Generation, Zoe Camhi and Dineen finished eighth. In Invasive Species, O’Halloran and Mercado finished fifth. In It’s About Time, Dineen and Tully-Gustafson earned first place, and Emily Curran and Fabian Zurita finished 10th. In Optics, Mackenzie Dymek and Zurita finished fifth, while Dineen and Tully-Gustafson finished eighth. In Protein Modeling, Grace Constantino, Zavala and Yildizel finished third, while Lauren Cottral, Shweta Karmakar and Logan Powers finished 10th. In Remote Sensing, Dineen and Lithen finished in first place. In Robot Arm, Tom DePaola and Geneci finished fifth, while Caruso and Dineen finished ninth. In Wind Power, DePaola and Rob Phalen finished third, while Camhi and Caruso finished fourth. In Wright Stuff, Geneci and Shahhan Raheel finished sixth, while Dineen and Hormann finished seventh.

“Such a showing was the strongest ever for Islip for all three teams,” said Matthew Christiansen, the high school’s science/business chairperson. “Our congratulations go out to all of the students on their continued hard work.”