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March 31, 2015 > Local students celebrate Science Olympiad success

Local students celebrate Science Olympiad success

Submitted By Jayanta Samanta

Twelve students from Horner Junior High and five from Irvington High in Fremont recently participated in the Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad (BARSO) competitions held at CSU Hayward on March 21.

According to BARSO and the National Science Olympiad Organization, ÒThe goal of Science Olympiad is to improve the quality of science education through competitions similar to sporting events. Just as students are motivated to compete in various sporting activities, students compete as a team against other schools in 23 different events that range the spectrum of science subjects.Ó

Areas covered in the competition are: Life Sciences, Physical Science, Technology, Engineering, Chemistry, and Inquiry and Nature of Science. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and community bond together and work toward a shared goal. Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances and extensive teamwork.

For the first time, Horner students teamed up for these diverse events in Division B for middle school students. The common thread that held them together was their interest in learning beyond their school curriculum as well as a love for science. With hard work, determination, and team spirit, these students received First Place at the Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad.

Participating students were: Amogh Manjunath, Andrew Tee, Anisha Narsam, Ankur Samanta, Arnav Nagle, Desiree Ho, Eugene Ahn, Eve Lin, Lucas Melo, Naveen Ravindar, Patrick Tran, Ping-Ya Chao, Pranav Kharche, Richard Cheng, Ryan Lee, Vasant Chalemcherla and Vidushee Mishra.

The spectacular performance at the competition was a result of collaborative efforts and hard work by students, parent coaches, and support from teachers and mentors during this journey of learning and self-discovery.

According to head coach, Mr. Anant Kharche, ÒParent coaches for individual events, guided and provided necessary resources to the students, who exemplified great team work and dedication to gain limitless learning experience and achieve higher goals. I am grateful to all the parents as well as Science teacher Ms. Seremeta, HornerÕs Principal Julie Forbes, and experienced mentors, for supporting this pursuit of Science.Ó

Team Horner will now represent the Bay Area region in the Science Olympiad State Competition to be held on April 18, at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock. They will be joined by BARSOÕs three other teams, Hopkins Jr. High (Fremont), Thornton Jr. High (Fremont) and Albany. For more details regarding the Science Olympiad visit or

Science Olympiad State Competition
Saturday, Apr 18
8 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.
CSU Stanislaus
1 University Circle, Turlock
Free and open to the public

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