For the first time in school history, Northville High School has advanced to the Science Olympiad National Tournament by placing second at the state tournament held at Michigan State University on April 26.
The Mustangs finished second, one point behind eight-time defending champion Grand Haven High School.
Forty-eight teams competed for one of Michigan’s coveted two invitations to the national tournament at the University of Central Florida in Orlando on May 17.
The team improved from last year’s fifth place finish by medaling in 16 of 23 events, including first place finishes in “Rocks and Minerals” and “Write It, Do It”.
Every team member earned an individual medal by placing in the top six of an event, and Junior Ravi Ramisami led the team with four medals.
According to senior co-captain Trevor Glenn, it was a total team effort.
"With everyone winning a medal in at least one event, it really showed how hard each team member has worked since October to learn and prepare themselves for the competition,” he said.
"At our initial captains’ meeting, I said, 'It's our senior year, let's make it count and go to Disney World', and that is exactly what we did this weekend," said co-captain Rachel Crittenden.
At the national tournament, NHS students will compete in the same 23 events in five categories – life science, earth science, physics and chemistry, technology and engineering. The competition will feature 61 15-member high school (Division C) teams from 41 states, as well as a team from Mie Prefectural Ise High School in Japan.
Senior Stuart Nath, the third co-captain, acknowledged that hard work plus a little luck were both needed to make NHS the first Wayne County team to reach the national tournament in the 30 year history of Science Olympiad.
"Every member of the team put their very best into the competition,” he said. “We are lucky to have such talented and devoted participants on our team."
The team is coached by parent volunteers Becky Marks and Janeen Crittenden.
NHS results from the State Tournament:
Anatomy and Physiology: Trevor Glenn, Sangini Tolia, 10th
Astronomy: Ravi Ramasami, Amy Zhao, 6th
Boomilever: Sangini Tolia, Tina Liu, 4th
Bungee Drop: Tina Liu, Eric Tao, 18th
Chemistry Lab: Nirek Sharma, Stuart Nath, 11th
Circuit Lab: Jonathan Li, Ravi Ramasami, 3rd
Compound Machines: Larry Zhao, Stuart Nath, 4th
Disease Detectives: Trevor Glenn, Nirek Sharma, 3rd
Designer Genes: Trevor Glenn, Sangini Tolia, 3rd
Dynamic Planet: Caroly Wu, Eric Tao, 8th
Elastic Launched Glider: Larry Zhao, Jonathan Li, 9th
Entomology: Carolyn Wu, Amy Zhao, 5th
Experimental Design: Tina Liu, Rachel Crittenden, Larry Zhao, 2nd
Forensics: Nirek Sharma, Allie Pierce, 5th
GeoLogic Mapping: Robert Hong, Ravi Ramasami, 2nd
Materials Science: Stuart Nath, William Ding, 4th
MagLev: Robert Hong, Tina Liu, 5th
Mission Possible: Larry Zhao, Jonathan Li, 3rd
Rocks and Minerals: Allie Pierce, Amy Zhao, 1st
Scrambler: Rachel Crittenden, Eric Tao, 7th
Technical Problem Solving: Ravi Ramasami, William Ding, 2nd
Water Quality: Eric Tao, Carolyn Wu, 2nd
Write It, Do It: Rachel Crittenden, William Ding, 1st