By MICHELLE HUANG
Science Olympiad competed in the state competition at the California Institute of Technology on Saturday, Apr. 7.
The team placed fourth out of 31 other schools in Southern California, the highest a Wilson Science Olympiad team has ever placed.
According to sophomore Britney Myint, the competition allowed the team to grow and learn from better teams.
“[Competing] at a state-level tournament [helped us] see where we stood against the top schools beyond the [Los Angeles] region, and it gave us an opportunity to showcase our potential,” Myint said. “[The fact that] we placed at State proves that we are close to getting the Nationals title.”
Students prepared for the event by doing research, taking practice tests and updating their notes during weekly study sessions and spring break.
Sophomore Ashley Ko believes that studying contributed to the team’s high placement.
“There was nothing more we could have asked for [during competition],” Ko said. “However, it took us many hours of intensive studying to get us to where we are now.”
The results of this year’s state competition left captain junior Katie Kyan proud and hopeful of the team’s future accomplishments.
“Just two years ago we were a team that had never advanced to State before. To have improved so much in such a short period of time is definitely an amazing accomplishment. I hope that next year, we can get 2nd place at the State Tournament,” Kyan said.