Each year Ward Melville High School's Science Olympiad team is a contender on the state level, and this year is no different.
The team is on its way to the state Science Olympiad competition this weekend after placing first in the Eastern Long Island Regional Science Tournament.
According to co-coach Stephen Malusa, who is joined by co-coach Mark Seusser and several other faculty members, many of the Ward Melville team members began their Science Olympiad experiences at the junior high level and carried their tradition of excellence with them to the high school level.
“The success of these students is a clear reflection of their passion and
continued drive,” Malusa said.
The Science Olympiad competition consists of 24 events spanning a variety of disciplines of science and technology, including physics, chemistry, earth science and more. Four separate teams from Ward Melville competed, totaling 65 students. Those teams placed first, fourth, fifth and 11th, though only one team per high school is allowed to advance to the state level competition.
Previously, Ward Melville was ranked the No. 2 team in the state during the past three years and has been ranked 14th (2010), 18th (2011) and 16th (2012) nationally.