Austin High School Science Olympiad team again ranks among the top at state

The Austin High School Science Olympiad team and Matt Wilson, coach.

The Austin High School Science Olympiad team and Matt Wilson, coach.

Austin High School finished sixth in Division C of the 2016 Texas Science Olympiad State Finals held April 22-23 at Texas A&M University at College Station.

The Science Olympiad State Finals highlighted the talents and skills of the top young scientific minds in Texas. Coaches are a huge part of the team’s success. Head coach Matt Wilson (AP physics teacher at Austin High School) coaches any event that needs assistance. He volunteers countless hours of his time in assisting team members to success.

Many students say that Science Olympiad has also helped them learn science and math in a more in-depth way than any class offered at school. Not only do students learn science and math related subjects, they learn problem solving, teamwork, communication and study skills that will help prepare them for their futures.

Austin High School received the following medals: Vibhav Joopelli (1st Science Word), Viren Joopelli (1st Science Word), Karen Ding (1st Game On), Albert Kim (1st Game On), Stephanie You (3rd Invasive Species), Olivia Liu (3rd Invasive Species), Howard Yong (3rd We’ve Got Your Number), Alex Yao (3rd We’ve Got Your Number), Alex Zhao (4th Roller Coaster), Guo Victor (4th Roller Coaster), Parth Upadhyay (4th Wright Stuff) and Shahrin Sharikha (4th Wright Stuff).

“I’m so proud to be a part of this year’s team,” Wilson said. “They’ve been preparing since last August when they started seeking out corporate sponsors such as Clariant International Ltd. We have some of the most highly motivated and enthusiastic young adults I have ever had the opportunity to work with. This was a tremendous learning experience for us.”

The goals of the Science Olympiad, a non-profit organization, are to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and recognize outstanding achievement in science education. The Science Olympiad involved, nationwide, more than 1 million elementary and secondary school students in classroom activities, workshops and tournaments.

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