What do 'they' say about Science Olympiad?

“I had a fantastic time in EXCEL.  Science Olympiad was fantastic, and although we worked hard to accomplish our goals, it was your dedication, support, and help that led to our success.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you!”

“Oh, where to start.  There are no words to describe the time that I had this year. ..Science Olympiad has been one of the greatest experiences of my life thanks to you. ..you were always there to support me when I took on new challenges and always recognized the small things I did.  I could never thank you enough for all of the love and support that you have given me. ..I can promise you that all that you have done for me will never be forgotten and because of that, you will always be in my heart as the teacher who changed my life.  You have always told me to never change; now it’s my turn.  Never change, Mrs. J, and you will continue to touch lives like you have touched my own.”

“Science Olympiad was a great thing.   I got to learn about topics that I didn’t know much about.  Also, I got to experience going Upstate to meet new people and participate in events that I have been preparing for all year long.  Our hard work got us fifth place in the regional competition to the New York State Science Olympiad Competition.”

“During the competition’s preparation and participating in the evens, I have expanded my knowledge in topics such as trajectory, aviation, map reading, and understanding weather.”

"Science Olympiad taught me to study and learn independently. It also helped me work better as a part of a team. Lastly, it was hard but it was worth all the work."

"Because of Science Olympiad, I now know that sometimes, science can be fun. Even though it is a lot of work, all of your studying really pays off on the day of competition...Science Olympiad taught me that teamwork is really important and that everybody on the team has to work hard in order to be successful."

"Science Olympiad allows a participant to gain leadership, time management, and teamwork skills while striving to achieve a common goal. I, for one, have grown academically."

"Science Olympiad has been very beneficial to me on an academic level. I was never challenged in school until I started Science Olympiad. It made me have to work harder than usual to reach the high standards I give myself. I also was expected to learn a great amount of diverse things faster than in the regular classroom, which made me a better student overall."

"Science Olympiad is about learning how to learn. Not only do you become an expert in a certain area, butyou learn how to take responsibility for your actions, because you have teammates depending on you. Winston Churchill once said, 'A kite flies higher against the wind than with it'...the stress of Science Olympiad Competition displayed things about my character that I had not known beforehand."

"Science Olympiad has been a great experience. I learned to work hard but still have fun. There's nothing like the feeling of hearing 'Islip' be called and walk up on stage to be rewarded for your hard work."

“I learned a lot of new topics and got to explore the world of Science.” 

“Throughout the Science Olympiad Competition, I made new friends and I also became more responsible.”  

“Overall, I grew personally over the course of the Science Olympiad Competition.”

“Science Olympiad was a great experience!  I learned so much and I grew in so many ways.  I thought that the studying would never end but it was all worth it.”

“It was such an honor to participate in the State Competition.  When I got my first medal, I knew how great it was to get as far as we did.  I learned that if you really set your mind to something, then anything is possible.”

“We had to be very organized.  We had to be sure that we had everything with us at all times so we were prepared for competition day.”

“I grew intellectually and personally throughout this experience.  I learned so much about forensics from Crime Busters and Can’t Judge a Powder.  I learned about how complication the world of Optics can be…but most importantly, I learned something about myself.  I learned to just try my best and have confidence in what I do.”

“No matter if we get 1st place or 50th place, I just needed to be proud of what I accomplished.”

“I have added to my knowledge through this experience…this was a great experience  This was my second year on the team, and the experiences got better as I learned new things and became more organized and responsible.”

“All of this hard work was worthwhile for this great experience.”

“I will always have the new friends that I made to help me with life as well.”

“My experience in Science Olympiad was amazing…I learned that the harder you work for something, the better you will do and you will be happy that you worked that hard when you look back at it.”

“I realized how much I love Science.  Now, Science is my favorite subject and I think it is so much fun.”

“Science Olympiad is an extremely positive experience.  Not only did I learn new things, but I learned how to learn.” 

“I feel that I grew very much intellectually and emotionally. I always knew that having a good time is more important than winning, but now I really believe it.”

“I ACTUALLY learned from my mistakes!”

“Now, when I’m out driving, I can identify the birds in the trees!  I would NEVER have been able to do that if not for Science Olympiad.”

“I learned that while competition can be good for you, you need to relax and enjoy it.  You can’t always concentrate on winning…I now know that it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but if you learned anything in the process.”

“I have been able to experience many new things that I would not have otherwise when doing Science Olympiad.  I have nothing but benefitted from this experience and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

“Science Olympiad has been such a great experience for me.  I learned so much about myself and it has certainly helped me to grow as a person.” 

“I am thankful that I had this great opportunity.  Preparing for my events helped me grow intellectually.  I will carry this knowledge with me into high school and beyond.”

“This competition changed me personally.  I had to make myself more organized and this competition forced me to learn how to balance my time.”

“Science Olympiad was one of the most time consuming that’s I have ever done, but it was worth it because it was one of the most exciting things I have ever done.”

“Science Olympiad helped me learn many new things in a fun way.  All of the events gave me good advice and showed me brand new things.”

“During Science Olympiad I made many new friends.  These new friends helped me study and do better in my events.  Also they shared new experiences with me.”

“Science Olympiad taught me important life lessons that will help me with my future professions.”

“I learned that the people in competitions are nice to you  I would be mean to opponents in sports, but in Science Olympiad everyone said ‘good luck’ or ‘I hope you do well’.  All this positivity rubbed off on me and I started saying that to other teams, too.”