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Upper School Science Olympiad Team Takes First Place At Oak Park

The upper school Science Olympiad team took a mixed team of veteran and new competitors to the John Dedrick Memorial Northland Tournament Saturday, Jan. 26, at Oak Park High School, and came out on top over Olathe North and Blue Valley North.

Andrew Mouzin

The upper school Science Olympiad team took a mixed team of veteran and new competitors to the John Dedrick Memorial Northland Tournament Saturday, Jan. 26, at Oak Park High School, and came out on top over Olathe North and Blue Valley North. Twenty students competed, with a majority of the team made up of freshmen and sophomores. PHS won first by a razor-thin margin over the top two teams in Kansas.

 

First through sixth places were announced at the awards ceremony. Pembroke Hill placed in the top six in 21 of 23 events.

 

Awards in individual events:

 

First Place

  • Astronomy - Coleman Gliddon and Darwin Torrance
  • Chemistry Lab - Allison Banks and Coleman Gliddon
  • Experimental Design - Dylan Chan, Pallavi Jonnalagadda and Jam Navarro
  • Forensics - Dylan Chan and Rishabh Gaur
  • Sounds of Music - Dylan Chan
  • Thermodynamics - Coleman Gliddon and Savino Go

                                                                

Second Place

  • Anatomy and Physiology - Dylan Chan and Sasha Dellenbaugh
  • Circuit Lab - Geeoon Chung and Pallavi Jonnalagadda 
  • Dynamic Planet - Rishabh Gaur and Naina Singh
  • Geologic Mapping - Rishabh Gaur
  • Water Quality - Coleman Gliddon and Pallavi Jonnalagadda

 

Third Place

  • Boomilever - Joshua Huang, Ivyer Qu, Henry Ruland
  • Designer Genes - Pallavi Jonnalagadda and Darwin Torrance
  • Disease Detectives - Jesse Chan and Pallavi Jonnalagadda
  • Fermi Questions - Sasha Dellenbaugh and Nicholas Rao
  • Fossils - Charles Fraga and Nicholas Rao

 

Fourth Place

  • Herpetology - Charles Fraga and Nicholas Rao                                
  • Protein Modeling - Savino Go, Mulan Jiang and Darwin Torrance
  • Write It Do It - Geeoon Chung and Finn Sjue

 

Fifth Place

  • Codebusters - Sasha Dellenbaugh, Rishabh Gaur and Ira Vats

 

Sixth Place  

  • Mission Possible - Dylan Chan, Jesse Chan, Jackson Letts and Nicholas Letts

 

Only the top event scores from each school is medal eligible. Two students, Salil Chandramohan and Ethan Berning, were narrowly edged out by other PHS students for awards. Their coaches, upper school science teachers Dr. Kimberly Cho ’96 and Lisa Barnett, were extremely pleased with their test results and hard work.  "We continue to be so proud of our team's great spirit, leadership by upperclassmen and enthusiasm from our parents," the coaches said. "We had a fun day, and we look forward to another fierce competition this upcoming weekend."