National Cathedral School, Maryland's defending small-school champion in Science Olympiad, brought home its second regional championship on Saturday in dominating fashion, medaling in 17 of the 22 events.
In Science Olympiad, teams of students compete in 23 events, ranging from Astronomy and Forensics to Wind Power and Experimental Design. Some of the events present students with a paper test, while others call on them to build things. What the events all share is a need for teammates to collaborate, solve problems creatively, and have fun.
NCS students won eight events at the University of Maryland: Macallan Penberthy '17 and Eliza Poggi '19 each claimed three gold medals, while India Bhalla-Ladd '17, Goldie Roth '17, Katie Skoff '18, Kimberly Tan '18, and Maggie Wang '19 each won two events. The Eagles took top-three finishes in nine other events, as well, to edge out Rockbridge Academy of Annapolis for the small-school title. Overall, NCS finished eighth among the 56 high school teams competing.
Penberthy and Wang won an overall title—defeating large- and small-school competitors—in Invasive Species, and Penberthy and Skoff took second place overall in Ecology.
NCS won the Central Maryland regional in 2015—the program's first year—and took second place last year before going on to win the state title. Its victory Saturday qualifies the team to defend that title April 8 at Johns Hopkins University.
Congratulations to the Eagles for a fine showing at regionals, and good luck at state!