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