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SAS Science Olympiad Team Heads to State Tournament in March

SAS Science Olympiad Team

Photo 1 from left: Dario Nunez and Vidia Gokool are Silver Medal Winners in Chemistry Lab Photo 2 from left: Betsy Benitez, Shyanne Amoyo, Javier Omar, and Natalie Granda

Miami, March 3, 2014 - For the first time ever, on Saturday, February 15, 2014, School for Advanced Studies Kendall Campus entered the regional competition of Science Olympiad at Florida Atlantic University. A group of highly motivated SAS students approached SAS AP English teacher Mary Seamans and asked her to sponsor their efforts and she agreed even though science is not her area of expertise.

Most schools competing in the Science Olympiad are coached by Advanced Placement science teachers, but SAS does not teach science as a high school class. SAS students take science courses as college classes with Miami Dade College faculty but they cannot sponsor the Science Olympiad at SAS. That is why the students are so grateful to Ms. Seamans for sponsoring their team.

The SAS Kendall group placed 8th out of the 42 participating high schools in the overall regional competition rankings. This is truly amazing since this is the first year that SAS has fielded a team in the Science Olympiad and they are not being coached by a science teacher.

The SAS Chemistry Lab team consisting of Dario Nunez and Vidia Gokool came through as a Silver Medal winner and several other SAS teams in various categories ranked very high.

The goal of Science Olympiad is to improve the quality of science education through competitions similar to sporting events. Just as students are motivated to compete in various sporting activities, students compete as a team against other schools in 23 different events that range the spectrum of science subjects. What's more, the events are inquiry based and team oriented in nature and have been designed to correlate with the National Science Education Standards and the Sunshine State Standards.

As a result of the strong showing by SAS at the regional Science Olympiad, the students will be heading to the state competition which will be held at the University of Central Florida on March 15, 2014.

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