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March 20, 2014

Plattsburgh High School achieves personal best at State Olympiad

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh High School had its best-ever showing at the State Science Olympiad last Friday and Saturday in Uniondale.

The school’s team placed 13th overall out of 51 teams from across the state, topping its previous best finish of 14th place.

For the third time in the past four years, PHS won the competition’s Small School Award, which is given to the best-performing school that comprises less than 1,000 students in grades nine through 12 and does not finish in the top 10.

The team placed in the top three in seven of the contest’s 25 events and in the top 10 in nine events.

PHS students Luc Micheels and Ian Salvamoser earned a gold medal in Entomology; Jake Messner and Walker Gosrich took home silver in both Mission Possible and Scrambler; Emily Sola and Risha Sheni earned silver in Anatomy and Physiology; Messner and Javier Yu took home bronze in Circuit Lab; Kelly Cantwell and Leo Lee won bronze in Rocks and Minerals; and Messner, Gosrich and Risha Sheni took bronze in Experimental Design.

In addition, Yu and Lucas Barton placed seventh in Boomilever, while Gosrich and Trevor Wills came in 10th in Compound Machines.

“A large part of this year’s success can be attributed to all of the help we have received from teachers and parents this year,” PHS Science Olympiad Coach Corey Mousseau told the Press-Republican in an email.

Lake Placid High School also participated in the competition, coming in 50th overall.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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