This past month the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) Science Olympiad team and their CSV volunteer mentors gathered over a burrito buffet to celebrate another excellent year of student and volunteer collaboration and teamwork. The Science Olympiad fun started in November with an all team kick-off training with students and volunteer advisors coming together to learn about the partnership, map out their event plan, and share their passion of science and engineering. Volunteer scientists and engineers bring real life science backgrounds and career work into the classroom, on a weekly basis, guiding and inspiring students to expand their knowledge, experience and goals. This is the 16th year of the formal CSV partnership.
The CRLS Science Team competed with 45 other schools in the Massachusetts State Science Olympiad. Fifteen students participated in 26 events in all areas of science. They began preparing for this event in November under the dedicated leadership of student captains Israel Gebremariam, Hajin Kim and Sam Nguyen.
CRLS Science teacher and team coach Kris Newton shares “Preparing for 26 events would not have been possible without the Cambridge School Volunteers and the nineteen volunteer mentors who met with students weekly to help them prepare for their events. These mentors shared their time and knowledge of specialized areas of science with our hard-working students. The team could not have done this without this CSV partnership.” Overall, CRLS placed 15th out of 46 teams at the March 2015 competition. CRLS placed in the top ten in 11 individual events!
Students and mentors shared highlights and giggles from their on-going preparation sessions and academic mentor relationships. Half of this year’s team is part of the CRLS Class of 2015, so next year’s team will be younger. We congratulate our captain Hajin and her teammate Inez, who proudly announced that they would matriculate next fall at Carnegie Mellon.
Kris, our 2014 Kenneth S. Neal recipient and Science Team Coach extraordinaire, engineered her novelty butter cream chocolate gluten-free cake complete with biohazard icing finishes!
Kris also recognized science team mentors with a special treat of sublime homemade jams crafted from local picked berries and farm market tomatoes.
It was a fun and well deserved celebration for all.