Marie Murphy Takes Second in Science Olympiad Nationals

Marie Murphy took 11 medals out of 23 possible—the highest in the schools history.

For the second year in a row Marie Murphy won second place in the National Science Olympiad Tournament.

The school won 11 medals out of 23 possible, the highest in Marie Murphy's history, at the event hosted on May 19 in Florida, according to a press release from Avoca School District 37. Approximately 60 teams competed in the tournament.


"No secondary or middle school team in Illinois aside from Marie Murphy has ever placed so high in the National Tournament." the press release states. 

Student medalists include the following:

  • National Champions –1st  Place
    Awesome Aquifer – Regina Madanguit & Michael Rivkin
    Forestry – Jamie Knippen & Elizabeth Sollitt
  • 2nd Place
    Bottle Rocket – Jason Lee & Elizabeth Sollitt
    Food Science – Regina Madanguit & Clara Yam
    Reach for the Stars – Paul Farcasanu & Jonah Wolfe
  • 3rd  Place
    Dynamic Planet – Katherine Ho & Michael Rivkin
    Optics – Katherine Ho & Ethan Wirth
  • 4th Place
    Experimental Design – Jamie Knippen, Jonah Wolfe & David Yan
    Write it Do it – Jamie Knippen & Elizabeth Sollitt
  • 5th Place
    Crimebusters – Jason Lee & Carissa Yang
    Storm the Castle – Youngjin Kim & Aiyappa Kodendera

The youth hail from the towns of Glenview, Wilmette, Winnetka and Northfield.

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