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Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad

Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad

Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad

Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad

Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad
Seniors Win Sil...
Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad Seniors Win Silver Medals at GENIUS Olympiad

 

St. Joseph’s Academy seniors Abby Shortess and Isabel Grandy brought home silver medals from the 2017 GENIUS Olympiad, held June 12-17 at the State University of New York at Oswego. This international high school project competition draws approximately 1,200 participants each year from all over the world. The competition focuses on environmental issues.

GENIUS Olympiad promotes a global understanding of environmental challenges and the achievement of sustainability through research in five disciplines: science, visual and performing arts, business, writing and robotics. Shortess and Grandy won silver medals for their science projects.

“GENIUS Olympiad was an experience worth remembering for a lifetime,” Shortess said. “One of the most important things I learned at this competition was that even though we all come from different parts of the globe with different traditions, foods and lifestyles, we all share something in common: a desire to learn and do something bigger than ourselves. I don’t think I will ever be in an arena as diverse again. The arena was an indulgence of music, dancing and food unique to countries across the globe. In one week, I was able to ‘travel’ around the world to more than 60 countries where I was greeted by people eager to tell me what their country has to offer.”

Shortess said she especially enjoyed the international fair, in which participants set up a table with items that showcased their state or country’s culture. “We brought Mardi Gras beads, Louisiana State Park flashlights, miniature Tabasco bottles, Atchafalaya stickers and red stick pins,” she said. “Many people crowded around our table and were fascinated by our state’s unique and complex culture. By the end of the night, everyone was proudly wearing shiny Mardi Gras beads around their necks.”

Grandy said attending the Olympiad was a great opportunity to connect with students from other countries through many mediums. “The competition included science, robotics, art, creative writing, music and short films which were all looking towards creating a better future and a stronger Earth,” she said. “It was so interesting to see how each project, no matter the category, was specific to the country from which it came. I saw how even though we were from so many different countries, we were all excited to be there and to show our projects and to learn from others’ projects.”

SJA science teacher and Science Fair coordinator Linda Messina expressed her pride in the students’ efforts. “Abby and Isabel are so worthy of this trip and their awards,” she said. “Both of these girls did long-term research projects on environmental topics. They designed and carried out these projects very well and dedicated large amounts of time to performing their research. I am so very proud of them.”

 

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

 

Photos courtesy of Linda Messina and Abby Shortess

 

Date posted: June 26, 2017

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