Two local schools won the top spots in their divisions this year in the statewide Science Olympiad competition.
Raleigh Charter High School’s team won first place in Division C (high schools) after competing against 200 other schools from around the state. They represented North Carolina in the national competition in Dayton, Ohio, along with the team from runner-up Enloe High School.
On the Raleigh Charter High School team were Kevin Adington, Jonathan Cookmeyer, Mollie Fisher, Pooja Joshi, Sanjay Kannan, Tony Li, Risigan Logendran, Gautam Nagaraj, Jeff Ord, Deepthi Rao, Stockton Ray, Bethany Rutherford, Pranavi Sanka, Rema Shah, Jonathan Tseng, Meg Tucker, Ben Whitfield and Dan Qu. The team was coached by RCHS teachers Whit Hames and Amy Koch.
In the national competition, RCHS students finished in the top 10 in four events. Gautam and Sanjay won third place in Fermi Questions; Bethany and Kevin won seventh place in Write It Do It; Jeff and Bethany came in ninth in Gravity Vehicle; and Rema, Pooja and Jonathan took 10th place in Experimental Design.
The team from Carnage Middle School in Raleigh took first place in the state tournament’s Division B (middle schools) and also advanced to the competition in Dayton. It was the first middle school team from Wake County to attend nationals.
Representing Carnage were the following students, all in eighth grade: Aneesh Agarwal, Ramanathan Balasubramanian, Miguel de los Reyes, Angela Deng, Julia Gong, Anisha Gupta, Noah Jabusch, Ravin Kantesaria, Dory Li, Sachin Raghavendran, Avani Shah, Hannah Shaw, Youngmin Shin, Gautham Srinivasan, Shiaoching Tse, Ana Sofia Uzsoy, Sreeram Venkat and Karen Zhang. They were coached by Carnage science teachers Beth Lucas, Pat Weber and Nick Taylor with help from volunteer Dave Hash.
At nationals, Julia and Dory placed 10th in the Forestry competition; Hannah and Karen came in 10th in Rocks and Minerals; Shiaoching and Angela won eighth place in Write It Do It; Angela and Noah earned sixth place in Metric Mastery; and Ramanathan and Alex Lewis (7th grade) won third in Invasives.