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Lake Forest Academy’s Science Olympiad team competed at the Palatine Invitational on November 20, 2021.

The remote competition invited 90 teams to compete in the nationwide competition. The teams were divided into three divisions and LFA competed in the middle division. LFA had many team members place at the competition in the various concentrations:

Anatomy and PhysiologyAnna Nikishina ’23 and Sofya Vinokurova’23 earned fourth place.
Detector BuildingBrendan Flaherty ’22 and Anton Walvoord ’23 earned first place (tenth overall).
Dynamic PlanetSajan Shah ’23 and Adam Yang ’23 earned fourth place.
Environmental ChemistryAkhil Kommala ’22 and Steven Sun ’22 earned first place (third overall).
ForensicsJennifer Feng ’22 and Steven Sun ’22 earned third place.
Green GenerationSage Ye ’22 and Emma Ye ’23 and earned fourth place (eighth overall).
TrajectoryNoah Cedergren ’24 earned second place (third overall).
WIFI LabAnton Walvoord ’23 and Toby Nelson ’24 earned first place (ninth overall).

Anton Walvoord ’23, competing in his first Science Olympiad, was named the "Player of the Meet" with first place medals. Steven Sun ’22, also competing in his first Science Olympiad, was runner-up with first and third place honors.  

According to the Palatine Invitational webpage, “Science Olympiad is nationwide competition. Students compete in 23 events that include earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Science Olympiad is designed to increase a student’s interest in STEM fields and provide recognition for outstanding achievement in team events.”

LFA’s Science Olympiad team will next compete at the University of Chicago in January.