Their homemade limb must be able to accomplish certain tasks, such as picking up objects and dropping them into boxes, in a set amount of time.
“This is definitely our most time-consuming thing in high school," Messner said, "but it’s what we love doing.
“And it’s a great experience in having a goal and working an enormous number of hours and late nights and stuff to achieve that."
Sheni, who also competed in the State Olympiad last year, added that she is determined to do all she can to prepare for the upcoming tournament and ensure she leaves Central Valley with no regrets.
“I learned from last year that, like, you don’t want to go there and then come back and realize that you could have done more,” she said.
Email Ashleigh Livingston: alivingston@pressrepublican
PHS OLYMPIAD TEAM
Team members competing in the New York State Science Olympiad are: Lucas Barton, Cayley Boire, Kelly Cantwell, Eunice Choe, Jeremy Davies, Amy DeMane, Walker Gosrich, Keenan Hunt-Stone, Leo Lee, Jake Messner, Risha Sheni, Haani Qudsi, Hamzah Qudsi, Josh LaBounty and Javier Yu. Team Alternates are: Nasser Issou, Connor McSweeney, Caleb Barton, Catherine Wagner and Natalie Casey-Sanger.