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SCVTHS students with their Science Olympiad medals

(l-r) SCVTHS students James Saba of Somerset, Laksh Patel of Hillsborough, Alexander Zheng of Bridgewater, and Sharan Krishnan of Hillsborough pose for a photo with their Science Olympiad medals


Earlier this school year, students from the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) Science Olympiad team competed in two virtual competitions. The Olympiad team, led by co-captains Bhavya Deshaboina of Belle Mead, Nidhi Shah of Hillsborough, and Ayank Maiti of Bridgewater, competed in the Bird Science Olympiad and the New Jersey Science Olympiad. As a result, five SCVTHS juniors received medals.

At the Bird Science Olympiad Competition, SCVTHS juniors Alexander Zheng of Bridgewater, James Saba of Somerset, and Laksh Patel of Hillsborough received fourth-place medals in the Science Quiz Bowl event. “Our team was very excited when we found out that we advanced to the buzzer round,” stated James Saba. “We were all very proud to have gotten 4th place. Overall it was a great competition.”

At the New Jersey State Competition, SCVTHS juniors Jiya Mody of Martinsville and Sharan Krishnan of Hillsborough received sixth place medals in the Environmental Chemistry event. Sharan Krishnan stated, “Although I would have preferred the competitions to be in person this year, online scioly (Science Olympiad) still taught me more about some of my favorite concepts in science. And the fact that I placed in Environmental Chemistry only made studying and learning even more worth it. I look forward to what is to come in Science Olympiad next year!”

“Being on the Science Olympiad Team was a great learning experience,” said Nidhi Shah. “It was great getting to work with so many bright individuals.” Ayank Maiti added, “I really enjoyed learning the subjects and helping my peers succeed in many different aspects of science that are not really taught in school. It was an enlightening experience, and I would 100% do it again.”

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