Manhattan High School finished in fourth place overall with 148 total points at the State Science Olympiad tournament, the school’s best performance in its history, said coaches Dick Nelson and Pat Lamb. Thirty schools were at the state meet.
Six students also received first place medals. Qee Qee Gao and Logan Sutton finished in first for chemistry lab; Amy Fan and Praveen Ramaswamy finished in first for helicopters; and Ethan Pauls and George Wang took home top prize in the optics competition. Gao also took home two second place medals and one third place medal. Wang also secured two second place medals. Ramaswamy and Pauls both picked up one second place finish.
All in all, Manhattan medaled in 11 of the 23 events, with three first place finishes, six second place finishes, and two third place finishes.
Olathe North, out of Kansas City, was the top team at the competition with 107 points.