Mt. Lebanon High School students recently competed at the Pennsylvania State Science Olympiad finals held at Juniata College in April. The team earned state medals in the genetics event Designer Genes and in environmental geoscience in Water Quality. Team MVPs were Bronze medalists Andrej Momiroski and Ella Siefken, and 5th Place medalists Rebecca Schwartz and Joey Harrington.
The team improved their standing in the region from 4th place in their first competition at California University of PA on March 6th, 2019, to 2nd in the region at Juniata against those same top teams.. Within individual events, we now rank 1st place in the SWPA region for Designer Genes and 2nd place in the SWPA region for Astronomy, Chemistry Lab, Dynamic Planet, Forensics, Fossils, Protein Modeling, and Water Quality.
The team had the opportunity to compete with 35 other high school teams in this final round. According to High School Science teacher and team coach, Ms. Pam Harris, "The weather was great, our Rube Goldberg device didn't explode, the campus helpers were incredibly friendly, food was tasty, and we had a chance to bond over our fabulously nerdy obsession with all things STEM."
Mrs. Pamela Harris
Mrs. Irene Duda
About PA Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad increases the quality of K‑12 science education by providing learning opportunities and hosting regional and state tournaments.
Currently, more than 8,000 students and more than 800 teachers from 300 middle and high schools participate in PASO, along with more than 1,000 faculty, staff, and college student volunteers
The challenging and motivating events of PASO align with PA Science Standards, as well as the National Science Education Standards.
Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education.
These goals are accomplished through research, training workshops, and encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, and national tournaments. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year.
These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, engineering, physics, and computers. Events balance students' knowledge of science facts, concepts, process skills, and science applications.