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South Pas High Science Olympiad Teams Book Spot at State Competition

South Pasadena High School teams competing at the Southern California Science Olympiad Los Angeles Regional Tournament at Rio Hondo College on March 2 finished in the top 10 participants among a pool of 61 teams.
Competing in 23 events at the tournament, two SPHS teams consisting of 29 students placed fifth and ninth in the competition. The top-10 finish is good enough for a qualification spot at the state competition held at Caltech on April 6.
Led by adviser Ben Ku, Science Olympiad students dedicate their weekends and downtime after school to prepare and practice for the events, according to district officials.
The following list includes finishers of selected events at the tournament.

  • Abby Chen and Wings Zhang — Air Trajectory, 3rd
  • Anson Fong and Lucca Huang — Air Trajectory, 7th
  • Clare Maurer and William Chang — Anatomy and Physiology, 8th
  • Alexa Chang, Wings Zhang — Astronomy, 3rd
  • Solana Singer, Lucca Huang and Jiaming Wang — Codebusters, 7th
  • Peter Dickinson and Sophia Liu — Detector Building, 6th
  • Alyssa Rocca and Ty Yue — Ecology, 1st
  • Kathy Tam, Mason Sohn and Sophia Liu — Experimental Design, 5th
  • Emma Preston, Evan An and Holly Lacey — Experimental Design, 8th
  • Kai Tilley and Ty Yue — Flight, 6th
  • Anson Fong and Jadon Lee — Flight, 7th
  • Abby Chen and Wings Zhang — Forensics, 7th
  • Alyssa Rocca and Ty Yue — Forestry, 4th
  • Christine Xu and Kai Tilley — Fossils, 8th
  • Christine Xu and Alexa Chang — Geologic Mapping, 7th
  • William Chang and Abby Chen — Microbe Mission, 6th
  • Sophia Liu and William Hsieh — Optics, 3rd
  • Dickinson and Alexa Chang — Robot Tour, 2nd
  • Michael Lee and Jadon Lee — Wind Power, 2nd
  • Clare Maurer and Kathy Tam — Write It Do It, 7th

The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.

First published in the March 8 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

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