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HHS Science Olympiad regains hope after loss in regionals

Senior Shazaib Haider after the SCIO Regional competition (M. Syed)

As seniors Shahzaib Haider and Alejandro Robles awaited their results for Cell Biology, they felt confident in their performance. Haider was part of Experimental Design, Protein Modeling, and Chemical Lab this Saturday at the Science Olympiad Regionals in the College of Lake County.  Robles also took part in Trajectory and Astronomy.

The events to place from about 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Each group had a one-hour time slot for their event.  The awards ceremony followed the events. By 5:00 p.m. the competitors had gotten their results.

Unfortunately, Huntley did not place in state. They placed 6th out of 8 places.

“Sometimes, you really don’t know anything until the awards ceremony,” said Haider.

As seniors, they hope to make excellent role models for their fellow Science Olympiad pupils.

“I would say Protein Modeling is my favorite event and Experimental Design is the easiest,” said Haider. “The tests in Cell Biology are hard though.”

Although they were not able to make it to state, their enthusiasm never ended.  Much of this had to do with Assistant coach Adriana Boukhari.

“This is my fourth year being part of Science Olympiad,” said Boukhari.

According to Boukhari, it was her students that got her into it.

“A lot of students who were in my classes were also part of Science Olympiad so I wanted to bond with them a little better,” said Boukhari.

With the support of Boukhari and the seniors, the future of Science Olympiad looks very bright for Huntley.


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