Sixteen Upper School students and three teachers will represent Cincinnati Country Day School at the prestigious MIT Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday.
"In more than 25 years of Science Olympiad at Cincinnati Country Day, this is the first time that we have ventured so far from home," said Paula Butler, Upper School science teacher and team advisor. "We've gone outside Ohio one time to compete at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. Other than that, we've always competed in state."
The MIT event is also the largest competition for the team. CCDS is one of 75 teams that applied and were accepted to participate in the competition. MIT accepts a certain number of teams from both in and out-of-state. The diverse teams are highly competitive in the nation or their states.
"We feel fortunate to be one of the out-of-state teams to go," Butler said. "We have a nice mix of experienced team members who've been in it since their freshman year and newcomers who we think show great promise."
Team Captain Stephen Fatuzzo is a seasoned veteran who is entered in four events: Astronomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry Lab and Sounds of Music, a building event. Meanwhile, this is Richard Xiang's first year in the extra-curricular club. He's entered in the Thermodynamics event.
Butler will be accompanied by coaches Jamie Back, Upper School math teacher, and Marcus Twyford, Upper School computer science and engineering teacher. The group will host an informal gathering of Boston-area Country Day alumni on Friday night.
The 16 CCDS students competing at MIT are:
Seniors: Herschel Albert, Molly Briggs, Stephen Fatuzzo, Mary Harten, Nellie Shih, Sean Stewart and Jack Sullivan.
Juniors: Ash Annapantula, Bryan Gan, Eashwar Kantemneni and Anushka Nair.
Sophomores: Nora Brant, Rishi Gabbita, Michelle Riemann, Richard Xiang and Lila Weizer.
Click here for slideshow of students fine tuning and packing up their projects for the MIT competition.