Two Auburn students win Science Olympiad title

CHAMPAIGN – Junior Victoria Wu and sophomore Phuong Pham teamed up to win a state title in Saturday’s Illinois Science Olympiad at the University of Illinois.

Fifty schools qualified teams for the Olympiad and they were broken into the A and AA divisions.

Auburn had 23 students compete in the Olympiad and 13 finished fifth place or better in 28 competitions.

Wu and Pham topped teams from Lisle and Mahomet Seymour to win the Chem Lab competition in Division A. The duo finished eighth overall amongst all 50 teams.

Eduardo Rodriguez and Oscar Aranzolo finished second in Division A in Electric Wright Stuff, a trial competition.

Olympiad organizers released overall standings as well, not breaking the teams into divisions, and Nam Pham and Dhruv Ramaswami actually had the highest finish. They took third in Division A in WiFi lab, another trial competition, but fifth overall. Only teams from Stevenson, New Trier, Edwardsville and Lisle finished ahead of them.

Science Olympiad Standings
Students Competition Division A Overall
Victoria Wu, Phuong Pham Chem Lab 1st 8th
Eduardo Rodriguez, Oscar Aranzolo Electric Wright Stuff 2nd 18th
Nam Pham, Dhruv Ramaswami WiFi Lab 3rd 5th
Ryuto Thew, Puranjay Gupta Wright Stuff 3rd 14th
Matt Lim, Wyatt Morris Thermodynamics 4th 8th
Charlie Shriver, Puranjay Gupta Sounds of Music 5th 22nd
Matt Lim, Wenhao Fan Mission Possible 5th 19th
Charlie Shriver, Wyatt Morris Water Quality 5th 20th
Sophia Mores, Richelle Watson, Ryuto Thew, Phuong Pham Detector Building 5th 13th

Posted on 04.14.19