A talented group of Nysmith students that competed successfully in last weekend’s regional event will now advanced to the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The Nysmith School team is one of only six to qualify for the Virginia state Division B finals to be held March 23 in Charlottesville.

The Science Olympiad is one of the premier standards-based competitions in the country, which this year included more than 8,000 teams from all 50 states participating. Tournaments are held on college campuses and feature workshops that showcase innovative developments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Nysmith team that collectively captured 23 medals in the recent regional tournament consists of the following local students:

 •Sankrith Ramani/8th grader from Herndon & Aanya Koli/7th-Chantilly won 1st place for their presentation entitled “Poisons & Potions.”

•Alisha Luthra/8th-McLean & Aanya Kolli/7th-Chantilly—1st place/”Codebusters”

•Andrew Chen/8th-Oak Hill, Arya Palla/8th-Ashburn & Sumanth Moole/8th-Oak Hill—3rd place/”Boomilever”

•Ishnoor Bakshi/7th-Herndon, Veer Dabbi/6th-Oak Hill & Anderson Jones/8th-Herndon—5th place/“Anatomy and Physiology”

•Kinnari Chaubul/7th-Oak Hill—6th place/”Herpetology”

The squad is coached by Sonaal Luthra of McLean.


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