For the first time in the Levittown Public Schools’ history, Science Olympiad teams from both Division Avenue and General Douglas MacArthur high school scored top spots at the 2018 Science Olympiad Nassau East Division C Regionals. As a result, both teams qualified for the New York Science Olympiad C Division State Tournament on March 9 and 10 at Le Moyne College.
Students involved in Science Olympiad embrace the various science fields and study the technology behind them. Through hand-on teamwork, they build various models, learn about the science component involved and compete with other schools to showcase their skills.
MacArthur’s team was established fairly recently, making it the first year that the students will be heading to the state competition. At Division Avenue, the regional win marked the tenth consecutive year that the school qualified for the state level tournament. Both teams channeled their own theme during the regional competition with Division’s as “Heavy Metal” and MacArthur’s as “Go Green or Go Home.” The students dressed the part as they competed against other schools in different categories.
Division Avenue High School earned medals in 15 of 22 of the events while MacArthur High School earned medals in 16 of 22 of the events.
“The students were extremely excited, after having worked hard all year long,” said MacArthur High School Science Olympiad co-adviser Dr. David Friedman. “There was a true feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.”
Gerard Marzigliano, advisor of Division Avenue’s team praised the school’s science department for helping the students develop the necessary tools in the classroom to be successful in Science Olympiad.
“I am very proud of this accomplishment and want to thank all of you for doing an outstanding job in your classes with our students,” he said. “The success our students find in various events come directly from the lessons you teach them. It would not be possible to do this year after year without you keeping expectations high in your classrooms.”
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Levittown School District