Devon Prep’s Middle School Science Olympiad Team, under the direction of Science Teacher Ms. Melanie Picard, has had the most successful year in school history. They participated in three competitions and earned a trophy in each.
In February they participated in the Rustin Invitational Tournament earning a third place trophy. In April they earned 4th place at the Regional Science Olympiad allowing them to participate at the State Tournament. At the State Tournament the team of 15 and four alternates earned five medals finishing in the top 10 of 36 teams taking home a 6th place trophy.
In addition Mr. Roger Demos, director of the Pennsylvania Science Olympiad, recently visited Devon Prep to present a special Spirit of Science Olympiad Award to Seventh Grader Joseph Rajasekaran of King of Prussia and Ninth Grader Michael Weir of Malvern. According to Demos, both boys exemplified the spirit of the Science Olympiad when they displayed extraordinary honesty and integrity at the Pennsylvania State Tournament.
“I am very proud of the team’s accomplishments this year,” said Ms. Picard. “The students have been very dedicated to helping the team succeed. We’ve broken school records, earned more than 20 medals and taken home three trophies. It’s been quite a year.”
The following teams each received a 4th place award at the Pennsylvania State Tournament:
Thomas Brower of Kimberton and Matthew Siracusa of Newtown Square – Crime Busters
Dylan Rasinski of Lansdale and Akul Naik of Phoenixville – Entomology
Mitchell Young of Springfield and Brandon Smoot of West Chester – Road Scholar
Joseph Rajasekaran of King of Prussia and Andre Tiglao of King of Prussia – Helicopters
Joseph Rajasekaran of King Prussia and Michael Weir of Malvern - Anatomy
Devon Prep’s Middle School Science Olympiad Team includes:
Ninth Graders: Brandon Smoot of West Chester, Michael Weir of Malvern, Mitchell Young of Springfield;
Eighth Graders: Thomas Brower of Kimberton, Brandon McGrath of West Chester, Akul Naik of Phoenixville, Jacob Pabia of Phoenixville, Christopher Rufo of Chester Springs, Paris Shusterfallou of Phoenixville, Matthew Siracusa of Newtown Square
Seventh Graders: Andrew Landaiche and James Landaiche of Wayne, Joseph Rajasekaran of King of Prussia, Dylan Rasinski of Lansdale, and Andre Tiglao of King of Prussia.
The Alternates are: Sixth Graders Finnian Thompson of Devon and Dylan Smoot of West Chester, Seventh Grader Nicholas Bello of Collegeville and Eighth Grader Jamie Lorgus of West Chester.
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.
Currently, more than 8,000 students and more than 800 teachers from 300 middle and high schools participate in Pennsylvania Science Olympiad (PASO), along with more than 1,000 faculty, staff, and college student volunteers. The challenging and motivating events of PASO align with PA Science Standards, as well as the National Science Education Standards.