• Welcome to Science Olympiad 2018-19!


    The 2018-19 season is done! Thanks everyone for your participation and/or support.

    We placed 36th in the state this year, out of over 600 teams. We're proud of the efforts our students made, and of the medals they won.

    Officers have been chosen for 2019-20, and we're already ramping up for an exciting year next year!



    Science Olympiad is a club that competes in an annual Science Olympiad (Division C) competition, where students hone their knowledge in science topics and build fun and exciting science projects.

     JJ State SciOly team


    For more detailed information, including event and testing information, students should enroll in our Google Classroom and Remind sections. Please contact an officer or Mr. Freedman for more details.


    Team meetings will usually be on Mondays after school in room 273 (physics/chem wing). Occasionally, if the team cannot meet on a Monday, they will meet on other days.

    Build/study meetings are on Thursdays after school in in room 273 or room 173 (tech wing).

    Students often stay after school on other days of the week to study or work on build events.


    Tentative events & Dates:

    Informational meeting: Thursday Sept 13th (Students who wish to participate in this club this year are STRONGLY encouraged to attend.
    Testing tryout: October 1st. To prepare for the practice tests, team members are encouraged to (a) talk to team officers, (b) get study materials from room 263, and (c) see the Science Olympiad Student Center Wiki
    Columbia HS invitational (tentative) - Jan 5, 2018
    Estimated departure time: 5:30 am from JJHS
    Regionals (held at John Jay HS) - Saturday Feb 9, 2018
    Cornell University or UPenn Invitational - Feb 16th
    Estimated departure time: 3:15 am from JJHS (Yes! Sorry it's so early, but this is the only way to do this as a day trip)
    NY State Competition on March 15-16th (if we place in the top 4 in our region)
    The competition is at LeMoyne College, in the Syracuse area. Est departure is Friday March 23rd at about 10 am. Returing to JJHS at about 11pm.


    In the unlikely event the team places in the top 2 in NY state, we would also attend the National Competition.

    Over 400 teams compete in NY Science Olympiad every year. Our highest placement came in 2015-16, when JJHS placed 7th in New York. In 2017-18, we placed 26th in the state.


    This year's team officers include:

    Amy Zhou - president

    Jason Li - knowledge vice president

    Will Sonnleitner - build vice president

    Jin Li - secretary

    Aakarsh Sahay - treasurer


    The team advisors/coaches are:

    Mr. Freedman (physics)

    Mrs. Loh (chemistry)

    Mr. Herman (physics)




    New York State Science Olympiad

    National Science Olympiad

    2019 SciOly Events (Look at Division C events only!!!)

    Science Olympiad Student Center Wiki

    Team members should contact an officer to get a link to the team (a) Google Classroom and to enroll in the team's (b) Remind.com account.

    There are YouTube videos that showcase a number of the build events from past years. If you're curious to see the kinds of fun projects our students build, please check them out.


    2017-18 Results

    We’re excited to report John Jay (Hopewell Junction) placed 26th in the state Science Olympiad competition this year. About 440 schools in NY participated in Science Olympiad this year. We won 3 medals at the tournament, including 2nd place in Write-It-Do-It (Joseph Nikac and Amanda Morales), 9th place in Experimental Design (Joshua Sudijono, Joseph Nikac and Neepa Gupta) and 10th place in Chem Lab (Joshua Sudijono, Neepa Gupta). Photos of the medal winners is shown below.


            JJ SciOly medal winners      


    At the 2017-18 Mid-Hudson regional competition the team won an astounding 29 medals in 23 events (we won at least one medal in 20 of the 23 events). Team A placed fourth overall and Team B placed seventh overall out of the 28 teams that attended the event, and 26 of our 30 students won at least one medal, and 11 students won medals in every event in which they competed.