Maranatha High School Compete in Los Angeles County Science Olympiad

Published : Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 10:24 PM

(Front row L-R) Flora Liu, Eliza Lo, Nancy Zhu, Trista Cao, and Sophie Guo. (Back row L-R) David Zhang, and faculty Allen Brown.

On Saturday, February 23rd, Maranatha students competed in the Los Angeles County Science Olympiad. The Science Olympiad is a national competition in which more than 16,000 elementary, middle, and high school students participated last year. The Los Angeles County Science Olympiad is the largest regional event in the country. In Maranatha High School’s first year fielding a team, they placed 19th out of 48 high school teams (and 2nd among the 11 private high schools entered in the competition).

Maranatha’s team was led by several outstanding performances. David Zhang, Eliza Lo, Nancy Zhu, and Flora Liu placed 2nd overall in the Elastic Launched Glider event, 3rd overall in the Boomilever test, and 10th in the Robot Arm competition. Sophie Guo and Jacquie Dong earned a 7th place finish in Technical Problem solving, and Anchit Roy and Oscar Wang finished 12th in the Remote Sensing event. Nate Aasland, Trista Cao, Michael Kwong, Celine Song, Emily Yan, and Egyn Zhu also contributed to the team’s overall placement.

The Maranatha Sci-O team joins other extracurricular science experiences at Maranatha. Its SHArK/SEAL research team attended a conference, hosted by the CCI Solar research group at CalTech, in Huntington Beach on January 26th. The students are continuing their research, which they will present at a conference hosted by CalTech in May. The Maranatha Science Bowl team competed with 23 other L.A. and Orange county high schools at the DOE Regional Science Bowl competition at JPL on February 2nd. At the end of the competition, Maranatha High School’s team received the Sportsmanship award. To honor their award, JPL and the Wrigley Institute at USC have partnered together to offer the students a day trip to Catalina Island this spring.

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