EXCEL Takes Home Four Medals at State Science Olympiad

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The EXCEL Science Olympiad team proudly represented Islip at the New York State Science Olympiad Competition in Syracuse on April 7-8. The team of middle schoolers from the district’s academically gifted program earned four medals competing against 38 other teams from around the state.

This year’s Islip EXCEL Science Olympiad team consisted of Anjalee Appalsammy, Liam Biscari, James Cottral, Devin DePass, Elizabeth DeSimone, Aaliyah Esmurria, Mackenzie Howell, Emmie Jensen, Sheyla Lopez, Noah Margolin, Jaelyn McCracken, Victoria Pearsall, Vasu Persaud, Liam Rich and Steven Schadt.

Appalsammy and Margolin earned second place in the Mystery Design category, the team of Esmurria and Pearsall won sixth place in Bottle Rockets and seventh in Towers, and Howell and Jensen came in 10th for Mission Possible.

“I was not surprised to hear the state director tell us at the awards ceremony that New York is the most competitive state for this competition out of the entire nation,” said team adviser Julia Johnson. “To make it to this level was an honor, and to come home with awards is extraordinarily exciting. We prepared 25 events to participate at this level and the entire team worked very hard.