By Rory Sweeney, Saints Neumann-Goretti High School
On Saturday February 12, 2022 the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School (SNG) Science Olympiad team competed in the 2022 Philadelphia Invitational. The nationally recognized competition was held virtually for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic. SNG sophomores Sophia Cheng and Kristina Tran earned second place in the Forensics competition and sat down for a quick interview about their experience.
How many years have you competed in Science Olympiad?
SC: This is the first year either of us has competed in Science Olympiad, but it’s been very enjoyable!
KT: Yes, it’s our first year participating. We’re already excited to compete again next year.
Would you recommend Science Olympiad to other students?
KT: Yes! Science Olympiad is fun, but also very challenging. It was a great way to get to know other people and build my skills. I am so glad Neumann-Goretti has a Science Olympiad Team.
SC: I also would recommend Science Olympiad to other students. I agree with Kristina that it’s a great way to get to know people, especially during the pandemic. The events are fun and I’m looking forward to competing in more events next year. Especially the build events that were more difficult to do this year because of pandemic protocols.
The Philadelphia Invitational was held virtually this year, but things are looking good for the competition to be held in-person next year. Are you looking forward to the in-person event?
SC: Yes, I am very excited for the competition to be in-person next year! I think being in-person will help us to recruit more students to the team which will really help our team to improve overall.
KT: When the competition is offered in-person it is held on the campus of Saint Joseph’s University. I am looking forward to getting more hands-on experience in Science Olympiad and it will be helpful for me to see what a college campus has to offer.