Roxbury students take prizes at state-level Olympiad

Roxbury — Over 11,000 Science Olympiad students from more than 400 New York State school districts began a six-month quest last fall towards the state finals. Only the best 54 survived the winter regional tournaments to participate in the “states” held at Canisius College in Buffalo last weekend.

Among them was the team from Roxbury Central School with only 10 students competing out of an allowed 15 positions. The Rockets competed in 25 different events and managed to place nine of those events in the top half against schools two and three times larger. Three of those nine events finished in the top 10 with the best finish being a fourth-place medal in “Water-Quality.”

RCS students who placed in the events included: Dynamic Planet, Joe McAfee and Desi Fairbairn, 23rd place; Forensics, Jennifer Wallace and Abby Wallace, 17th place; Optics, Elaine Faison and Heather Reinshagen, 16th place; Robot Arm, Elaine Faison and Lizzy Davis, 25th place; Rocks and Minerals, Elaine Faison and Adam Loper, 10th place; Technical Problem Solving, Joe McAfee and Emily Arvanete, 16th place; Towers, Heather Reinshagen and Desi Fairbairn, 20th place; Water Quality, Joe McAfee and Elaine Faison, 4th place, and Write It / Do It, Angela Perazone and Desi Fairbairn, 7th place.
The team is coached by Fred Zimmerman, Jessica Boyer, Jamie Kellerhouse, Al Vigna, Joan Riordan and Jason Stevenson.