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Boca Raton’s Science Olympiad Progression

Onward to the 2014 National Tournament in Orlando
Onward to the 2014 National Tournament in Orlando

Thanks to the teacher leadership of Boca Raton High School's Jonathan Benskin (Biology) and Jacob Elvey (Science grades 9-12), Boca students were led to a fourth consecutive state championship and will represent Florida at the national championship Science Olympiad next month at the Science Olympiad National Tournament to be hosted on May 16-17, 2014, by the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Here are the Boca Raton High students who finished 1st in at least one category: Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz, Brian Lopez, Akaash Mohan, Robert Olsthoorn, Faakhir Qureshi, Karyn Saunders, Quinn Silverglate, and Montita Sowapark. Most remarkably, our second team, led by Mr. Elvey and comprised primarily of underclassmen, finished fourth in FL among the 41 teams that qualified to compete (See list below of team member participants in the Science Olympiad).

For the past 30 years, SCIENCE OLYMPIAD has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,000 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Apr. 2014

Onward to the 2014 National Tournament in Orlando
Onward to the 2014 National Tournament in Orlando Photobucket

Onward to the 2014 National Tournament in Orlando

The Science Olympiad National Tournament is the pinnacle of achievement for 120 of the country's best Science Olympiad teams, representing more than 2,000 students. This year, the Science Olympiad National Tournament will be hosted on May 16-17, 2014, by the University of Central Florida in Orlando. On the UCF 2014 Science Olympiad National Tournament website, you'll find information about events like Scrambler, Boomilever, Mission Possible, GeoLogic Mapping, MagLev, Shock Value, Sounds of Music, Rotor Egg Drop and more.

Olympiad is a period of four years associated with the Olympic Games of the Ancient Greeks. During the Hellenistic period, beginning with Ephorus, it was used as a calendar epoch. By this reckoning, the first Olympiad lasted from the summer of 776 BC to that of 772 BC. By extrapolation to the Gregorian calendar, the 2nd year of the 698th Olympiad begins in (Northern-Hemisphere) mid-summer 2014.

A modern Olympiad refers to a four-year period beginning January 1 of a year in which the Summer Olympics are due to occur. The first modern Olympiad began in 1896, the second in 1900, and so on (the 30th began in 2012: see the Olympic Charter).

The sophist Hippias was the first writer to publish a list of victors of the Olympic Games, and by the time of Eratosthenes, it was generally agreed that the first Olympic games had happened during the summer of 776 BC. The combination of victor lists and calculations from 776 BC onwards enabled Greek historians to use the Olympiads as a way of reckoning time that did not depend on the time reckonings of one of the city-states.



Boca Raton’s Finest
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Boca Raton’s Finest

The Rookie team demonstrated that they are the future of Science Olympiad with a 3rd place overall finish (244 points).

Individual Event Florida State Champions are:

Quinn Silverglate and Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz, Anatomy and Physiology

Faakhir Qureshi, Boomilever

Robert Olsthoorn and Akaash Mohan, Circuit Lab

Robert Olsthoorn and Akaash Mohan, Compound Machines

Robert Olsthoorn and Akaash Mohan, MagLev

Quinn Silverglate and Karyn Saunders, Forensics

Montita Sowapark and Brian Lopez, Water Quality

A rookie is a person in his or her first year of a sport, or someone who is new to a profession, training or activity such as a rookie police officer, rookie pilot, a recruit, or occasionally a freshman. In some sports there are traditions in which rookies must do things or tricks are played on them. Some examples in baseball include players having to dress up in very strange costumes, or getting hit in the face with a cream pie; a traditional rookie's "hazing" procedure in American football involves taping players to a goalpost and dousing them with ice water, Gatorade, and other substances.

In NASCAR, rookies are denoted by a yellow stripe on the rear bumper of the car that is placed on both sides of the name or symbol of the manufacturer of the car. In order to qualify as a rookie in Major League Baseball, a player has to have had fewer than 130 at bats or fifty innings pitched in the majors, or 45 days on the active rosters of major league clubs (excluding time on the disabled list or any time after rosters are expanded on September 1) in their previous seasons. Major League Baseball awards the best rookie with the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award, as voted upon by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.


Best finish in Florida State Championships
Best finish in Florida State Championships Photobucket

Best finish in Florida State Championships

The Veteran team achieved the best finish in State Championship history (in the “Modern Era” of Florida Science Olympiad in which more than 20 schools were competing in all events) with a total of 85 points. To put this point total in perspective, it equals slightly better than 4th place in EACH of the 23 events. There were 41 teams at this competition.

Veteran Team: Robert Olsthoorn, Montita Sowapark, Brian Lopez, Karyn Saunders, Nick DaCosta, Ryan Lawton, RJ Antonello, Quinn Silverglate, Akaash Mohan, Peter Lin, Luc Olsthoorn, Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz, Ibrahim Merie, Faakhir Qureshi, William Gardner,

Rookie Team: Noel Picinich, Karel Van B, Faith Kim, David Faris, Heather Tomazin, Patrick Bell, Duncan Duff-Gray, Daniel Hack, Sam Gould, Liz Chapman, Max Goodman, Nick Bourdon, James Lynch, Ryan Rice, Jennifer Joseph

vet·er·an (vĕt′ər-ən, vĕt′rən)


1. A person who is long experienced or practiced in an activity or capacity: a veteran of political campaigns.

2. A person who has served in the armed forces: "Privilege, a token income . . . were allowed for veterans of both world wars" (Mavis Gallant).

3. An old soldier who has seen long service.


1. Having had long experience or practice: a veteran actor.

2. Of or relating to former members of the armed forces: veteran benefits.


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