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Langley High, Longfellow Middle Students Advance to National Science Olympiad

Students from Langley High School and Longfellow Middle School will compete in the 24th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament to be held May 30 and 31 at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C. Both schools qualified for the national tournament after winning their respective divisions in the Virginia State Science Olympiad. Langley High and Longfellow Middle are Fairfax County public schools.

More than 2,000 middle and high school students and their teachers from 46 states are expected to gather at GWU to take part in the interscholastic academic competition. Students participating in the tournament from Langley High School include Arthur Han, Kevin Kennedy, Hwan Kim, Issac Kwon, Stephanie Liao, Matt Nazari, Jin Park, Jon Park, Nathan Park, Samantha Powell, Alison Shin, Amanda Steffy, Tiffany Tsai, Nate Wilson, and Victor Yang. Students participating from Longfellow Middle School include Kyle Pyne, Jared Golant, George Liang, Billy Rieger, Ben Rosenblum, Tushar Kamath, Govind Mattay, Sarah Larkworthy, Seiyoung Jang, Graham Schmidt, Alec Brenner, Hope Flaxman, Allen Shi, Zhina Kamali, Lauren Bomgardner, Katie Ho, Katie Hsia, Anton Nekhai, Austin Ralls, Harry Na, Kevin Au, Varun Kumar, Anita Shammee, Joe Lafuria, and Sam Hoffman.

Sponsored by GWU and DuPont, the Science Olympiad National Tournament will consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. The activities, which are aligned with the National Science Standards, are balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology and require knowledge of science concepts, process skills, and science applications.

The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops, and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, and national tournaments.

For more information on the Science Olympiad, visit http://scienceolympiad.gwu.edu.