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Port Chester Students Compete in Science Olympiad

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Fourth and Fifth-grade students from all four of Port Chester's elementary schools competed in the 11th Annual Science Olympiad on Wednesday night at JFK Magnet School in Port Chester.

The Olympiad consisted of 10 teams of four students, each team had one representative from each elementary schools. The task assigned to each team at this year's Olympiad was the design, construction and launch of a paper rocket.

According to JFK Principal Lou Cuglietto, 2012 marks the first year the event took place in the evening.

"This is one of the great enrichment events of the school year," Cuglietto said. "It takes the support and friendship of all our elementary schools."

While Kuglietto was quick to deflect credit to the JFK Magnet Committee, the JFK PTA, and other school volunteers, first time event coordinator and Science Lab coordinator Karla Purcell heralded him for his effort, calling the event “the principal's brain child.”

"We wouldn't have an Olympiad if it wasn't for Mr. C," Purcell said.

Taking home first prize was "The Scientific Creators" team made up of Steve Lopez, Gabriella Kessler, Melanie Mora and William Jeton. Taking home second and third place were "LWRX Space Monkeys" and the "Radical Ram Rocketeers" respectively. While trophies were distributed to the winning teams, Cuglietto stressed that there were no losers.

"While there are winners, there are no losers tonight," Cuglietto said. "You're all in a position to do something spectacular."

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