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March 14, 2014

PHS, LPHS qualifies for State Olympiad

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh High School Science Olympiad team also qualified for state-level competition.

The school sent two groups to the regional high-school-level competition last month in Potsdam, and one placed first overall for the sixth consecutive year.

“They actually got first in 16 of the 20 events,” said PHS Olympiad Coach Corey Mousseau.

The school’s second group came in third overall out of a total of 11 teams from eight schools.

PHS could send only one team to the State Science Olympiad, set for today and Saturday at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale.

There, the school is competing in 25 events against 50 other public and private institutions, including many that are much larger.

LAKE PLACID PRIDE

Also at state competition for the second straight year is one of Lake Placid High School’s groups, which formed two years ago and came in second in Potsdam.

“I’m so proud of this team,” said Lake Placid Science Olympiad Coach Frank Brunner. “To do what they have done in only two years is amazing.”

The school’s other group placed 11th at the regional contest, while the Chateaugay and Northeastern Clinton high school teams came in fifth and seventh, respectively.

ON TASK

Last year, PHS matched its personal best at the State Olympiad, placing 14th overall; however, this year, the group’s goal is to finish in the top 10, according to Mousseau.

“We absolutely have the strongest team we’ve ever had, and I think we’re going to set records as a team and (with) individual medals,” said the team’s co-captain, Jake Messner, a senior at the school.

He and fellow Co-Captain Walker Gosrich will be partners at the state competition in the event Mission Possible.

“We have to build a ‘Rube Goldberg Machine’ to accomplish certain tasks within a bunch of parameters,” Gosrich explained.

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