Longfellow Middle School captured its fifth consecutive title in the Virginia Science Olympiad Tournament, hosted by the University Of Virginia’s School of Engineering.
In the study events – which cover high-school level sciences ranging from anatomy and astronomy to oceanography and forensic chemistry – the team placed in the top 10 in every category.
With the state win, the Longfellow team has earned the opportunity to represent Virginia at the national tournament at the University of Wisconsin on May 21.
Team members are seventh-graders Reevu Adakroy, Tammy Ding, Kevin Fan, Julia Feldhaus, Vishal Kanigicherla, Julia Kao-Sowa, Joshua Lian, Kari Naga, Sahana Ramesh, Neil Shah, Austin Shi, Rupa Siva and Miranda Xiong and eighth-graders Ryker Bendewald, Reed Burgess, Sherry Guo, Brian Hu, Sophia Kianni, Michael Kruppa, Megan Li, Cathy Liang, Sarah Luthra, Havish Malladi, George Ogilvie-Russell, Tayae Rogers, Brandon Torng, James Veccia, Daniel Wen, Kathy Wu and Vicky Yang.
During the 2015-16 season, Longfellow’s team earned 10 first-places, six second-places, and two third-places across 22 events, dominating its closest competitor by a margin of 96 points.
Science Olympiad began as a grass-roots assembly of science teachers, and is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,400 teams in 50 states.