PLATTSBURGH — For the fifth consecutive year, Plattsburgh High School students placed first at the regional Science Olympiad and are headed to state competition.
"This year, we've got an incredibly strong team," said PHS physics teacher and Science Olympiad coach Corey Mousseau. "I really do believe that we’re looking at top-10 placing at states.”
The New York State Science Olympiad will take place March 8 and 9 in Central Valley, where 15 of PHS's 20 team members will compete against nearly 50 of the best teams in the state in 25 science-based events.
"They all come together in one single division at the state level," Mousseau said. "It’s not like the athletic programs, where we have Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and we have an individual state champion for each of those.”
Also taking part at the State Olympiad will be Lake Placid High School, which placed third in its first-time participation, at the regional tournament at Clarkson University in Potsdam on Feb. 2.
Northeastern Clinton High School took part for the first time this year as well, coming in eighth, while Chateaguay Central School placed seventh.
For the last two years, the Plattsburgh High School team has placed among the top 20 at the State Olympiad, and since August, has spent countless hours preparing for this year's tournament.
Both the regional and state competitions comprise events pertaining to subjects such as biology, Earth science, chemistry, physics, technology and engineering.
In order to do well in an event, students must posses college-level knowledge of the subject area.
"One of the coolest things I like about Science Olympiad is that you get to explore what you really want to do,” said PHS senior Hamzah Qudsi, who has been on the team for two years now.