Ward Melville Science Olympiad Team is Off to Nationals

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After winning the Eastern Long Island Science Olympiad Regional Tournament in January and breaking a regional record for best overall score, Ward Melville High School’s Science Olympiad team competed against the top 55 teams in New York at the 2019 New York State Science Olympiad Tournament, where they clinched second place and earned a bid to the national competition.

New York State is the most competitive state in the nation for Science Olympiad, with a total of 678 teams participating this year. Each year, only the first- and second-place teams from New York can qualify to move on to the national tournament. 

During the state contest, Ward Melville’s talented team of students received top 10 placements in 17 out of 23 events, with notable performances in Astronomy, Code Busters, Disease Detectives, Forensics, Fossils and Wright Stuff. 

“Qualifying for the Science Olympiad National Tournament is always Ward Melville’s primary objective and driving motivation,” coach Jenny Serigano said. “In the past several years, our team has experienced a tumultuous mix of stunning victories and heart-wrenching defeats. After two years in a row of coming in third place and narrowly missing our goal of qualifying for nationals, our Ward Melville team achieved a second-place victory and beat out longtime rivals from Fayetteville-Manlius.”

Ward Melville’s team will be making a triumphant return to the national tournament for the first time in three years and will be competing against the best 60 teams in the nation at Cornell University on May 31.