East Stroudsburg High School South

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The East Stroudsburg High School South team is located in the borough of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania [1]. Their sibling school, J.T. Lambert Intermediate School, has tended to be more successful than them, but the team is growing. They participate in the Northeast region at Penn State-Wilkes Barre.

East Stroudsburg High School South At a Glance
Member of SO since 2005
Best finish, regionals 2nd place, 2012
Best finish, state 10th place, 2012
Best finish, nationals Never
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School Info

East Stroudsburg South is one of two high schools in East Stroudsburg Area School District (with the other being East Stroudsburg High School North). The school contains 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, and the student community is very culturally diverse. Over 1,500 students attend this school. There are over 20 sports teams and over 25 clubs, not including Science Olympiad. Due to the steady increase of students, the school has finished undergoing a massive renovation, which involved the demolition of the historic J.S. Bunnell School, which was located on the school grounds. This renovation was finished at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. Their mascot is the Cavalier and their colors are purple and white.

History

Past Results
Year Twin Tiers Valley Forge Tiger MVC/LVC* Regionals States Nationals
2005 - - - 25th (470) - Never made it
2006 - - - 19th (410) -
2007 - - - 17th (379) -
2008 - - - 9th -
2009 - - - [4th MVC] 15th (306) -
2010 - - - X 10th (297) -
2011 25th (518) - - T-5th [T-2nd MVC] (63) 8th (248) -
2012 14th (340) - 15th (341) 4th [2nd MVC]+ (42) 2nd (96) 10th (344)
2013 - - - 3rd [1st MVC] (43) 5th (170) 16th (432)
2014 - 22nd (464) 24th (468) [1st MVC] 4th (154) 19th (424)
  • total scores are in parentheses
  • *Overall finish is provided, MVC finish is in brackets
  • X event was canceled due to inclement weather
  • - Did not make/participate in competition
  • +Unofficially, the team placed 1st MVC and 3rd overall, but an unorthodox way of handling ties led to a discrepancy

Highlights

2nd East Stroudsburg High School South has achieved 2nd place at Northeast Pennsylvania Regionals in 2012.
10th East Stroudsburg High School South has achieved 10th place at 2012 PA States in 2012.


1st East Stroudsburg High School South has achieved 1st place at Mountain Valley Conference in 2013.
1st East Stroudsburg High School South has achieved 1st place at Mountain Valley Conference in 2014.


2004-2008

When they were officially founded in the 2004-2005 year, the East Stroudsburg South team naturally struggled and finished 25th. The next couple years were not much better, as they placed 19th and 17th, respectively. However, in 2008, they proved that they may become team to be reckoned with, as they finished 9th, just two places behind the qualification mark. This team was filled with motivated seniors, and they seemed to establish a point from which the team could continue to improve.

2009-2013

The team's decent showing in 2008 was a cause for hope that maybe they would be able to finally reach states in 2009. However, they fell short of their goals, having a lackluster showing at the MVC/LVC Tournament and failing to make a dent at regionals, with only two medals to show for their attempt. The loss of the seniors simply proved too much to overcome. Nevertheless, with the J.T. Lambert team being successful in recent years, the freshmen on the team were hopeful that the success would carry over to the high school. EASTstroudsburg13 and Hawke245 were among the members of the 2009 team.

2009 Event Places


The 2010 season started with relatively low hopes, as many team members graduated or left the district. A small showing at early practices did not improve the look of the coming season. However, after some active recruiting, many more students signed up, mostly sophomores, and prospects looked brighter. However, despite breaking the top 10, their score improved by less than 10 points from last year. Also, there was a greater disparity between the events that they did well in and the events which were bombed, as there was only one event better than 8th place and worse than 18th. EASTstroudsburg13 and Hawke245 were members on this team.

2010 Event Places


This year began with hope that the team can finally reach the state level. The addition of an enthusiastic freshman class to a core of experienced juniors brightens chances to become more consistent in all events. Questions about numbers and how many other participants from last year would return were dispelled at the first meeting in late October, as almost a full team attended the meeting with notable exceptions due to sports or other activities. The team attended the Twin Tiers Invitational for the first time in school history, and although some team members could not attend the competition due to a PMEA District Chorus festival, the team performed admirably, placing 25th overall. At the MVC Tournament, held after a one year hiatus, the team medaled in 8 of the 10 events, placing 5th overall with a score of 63, and managing to place higher than Lehighton High School for the first time in school history.

When the team competed in the regional competition, they broke the school record for place and points at regionals, cutting almost 50 points off the previous year. However, they failed to qualify for states, finishing at a somewhat disappointing 8th, only 19 points away from making states. They demonstrated better depth than recent years, but it was not improved enough to make the school's first state appearance. EASTstroudsburg13, Hawke245, 49ers, airplanesrule, NEO Awesomeness, Starsky133, Cholly, and rsiptroth5 were members of this team.

2011 Event Results


The team entered the 2012 season with high hopes. Most of the previous year's had returned, and the only issue seemed to be with the glut of seniors. As the season progressed, most of the seniors remained with the team, and so the team had to split up teams for Athens and Tiger. At Athens, the team drastically improved their score and place from last year, even with Athens Area High School not counting their scores this year. They managed to place 14th in a strong field, with two events medaling and one event receiving a ribbon. They then competed at the Tiger Invitational and continued at almost the exact same pace, by once again placing in the middle of the pack and medaling in three events.

When time came to compete at the MVC Tournament, the team had the high goal of being MVC Champions. Throughout the day, the team had a good feeling about their chances, despite some mishaps. However, after the awards ceremony, Lehighton High School was crowned champion, and they were left to wonder what went wrong and why they did not win. It was not until more than two weeks later that the results came out and they realized that they had scored a record-low score of 42, only one point behind Lehighton's 41. Also, a scoring irregularity in the Forestry event revealed that Lehighton should have ended up with 44 points rather than 41, making East Stroudsburg the unofficial winner. Although they will not have a trophy for it, they have the knowledge that this year was the first year they were conference champions.

Soon after MVC's, it was finally time to compete at regionals. Although the team had performed admirably in prior tournaments, it was going to take a large effort to carry the team over the final hump of qualifying for states. Throughout the day, team members seemed pretty upbeat about their events, and no events seemed to have been bombing. Early on in the awards ceremony, it appeared that the finish for East Stroudsburg High School South would be spectacular. At the end, the medal count stood at 13 out of 23, which was a drastic improvement over the previous year's five. It seemed impossible that they would miss states this year. As the names were being read off, though, they had still not been announced, and worries of somehow missing states again rose once more. Finally, when it came to announce second place, the name of East Stroudsburg South was finally mentioned as a state qualifier, finishing second only to the dominant Athens Area High School and coming away with their first trophy. After years of toiling to rise in regionals, they had done enough to move on for the first time.

After having made states, the team hoped to continue improving and perform well there. They kept true to this goal by cracking the top 10 in their first-ever state appearance, which included three medals. It was a fitting close to the most successful era in team history.

Team members on this team are EASTstroudsburg13, Hawke245, 49ers, tvmoggie33, airplanesrule, NEO Awesomeness, Starsky133, and rsiptroth5.

2012 Event Places


The 2012-2013 season marked a new era in South's history. Much like 2009, the team dealt with the loss of several experienced seniors. However, this time, almost every member on the team had states experience in either JTL or the high school. Although the team was not be able to attend Twin Tiers or Tiger before Regionals, they hoped to overcome the disadvantages this situation had created for the team.

Fears of rust and inexperience were assuaged at the annual MVC tournament, where the team received medals in all 10 events, including 5 MVC gold medals. This led to their first official MVC championship victory in school history, which atoned for their close loss last year. This victory gave confidence to all on the team, and they hoped that it would carry over into Regionals

After MVCs, the team quickly made adjustments and preparations to attend the Regional tournament in Wilkes-Barre. They knew that it would be difficult work making it to States as they had lost EASTstroudsburg13 and several other key seniors. Still, they hoped that all their preparation and studying had not been for naught. The Team did decently, medaling in 8 events. These medals included a 4th in Water Quality by 49ers and his partner, a 3rd in Disease Detectives by tvmoggie33, a 2nd in Remote Sensing by 49ers and tvmoggie33, and a first in Boomilever by NEO Awesomeness. NEO Awesomeness also received several other medals. Though the team only took 5th at Regionals, they hope to continue their hard studying and break into the top 10 at States once more.

When the team reached states, they had high hopes. Though they fell short of medaling in any events, the team did decently in their second straight year. NEO Awesomeness took a 6th in Boomilever, and would have taken 2nd if he had used his other device. 49ers and tvmoggie33 placed 6th in Remote Sensing, marking the third time that they placed 6th at states in this event or Road Scholar (the B Division equivalent). 49ers and Anish bhagwat took 8th in Astronomy. tvmoggie33 also took 9th in Write It-Do It. The team hopes that the upcoming members from J.T. Lambert Intermediate School will help them to continue and increase their success.

2013 Event Results
Event MVC Regionals States
Anatomy & Physiology 2nd 10th 30th
Astronomy - 8th 8th
Boomilever 1st 1st 6th
Chemistry Lab 7th 8th 25th
Circuit Lab - 13th 33rd
Designer Genes 7th 14th 26th
Disease Detectives 2nd 3rd 13th
Dynamic Planet - 10th 21st
Elastic Launched Glider 2nd 6th 20th
Experimental Design - 16th 20th
Fermi Questions 4th 6th 24th
Forensics - 14th 16th
Forestry 7th 7th 33rd
Gravity Vehicle 3rd 4th 14th
MagLev - 5th 30th
Materials Science - 7th 21st
Remote Sensing - 2nd 6th
Robot Arm - 2nd 18th
Rocks and Minerals - 5th 21st
Technical Problem Solving - 4th 9th
Thermodynamics - 3rd 12th
Water Quality - 4th 17th
Write It Do It 8th 18th 9th
Total 43 170 432

2014

As the 2013-2014 school year begins, the East Stroudsburg High School South Science Olympiad team once again worked towards state level competition qualification. With the prospects coming up from J.T. Lambert Intermediate School, as well as hopeful in-school recruits, the team looked forward with optimism to the MVC and Regional Competitions. With the loss of seniors covering such events as Chem Lab and Technical Problem Solving, it was necessary for many team members to take a more active role. However, the team competed at invitationals again this year, which was a way for the members of the team to gain experience before regionals, hopefully helping their performance.

The team placed 22nd overall with 464 points (adjusted for a scoring error in Boomilever) in a solid field of 39 teams competing in the Battle at Valley Forge Invitational. Though lacking 49ers due to the District 10 Chorus festival, the team managed fairly well in their first competition at this invitational, placing 2nd in Scrambler, 5th in Entomology, and an 1st (see notes beneath scores table for more information) in Boomilever.

At the Tiger Invitational, the team did not have two major members, a senior recruit and a key junior, as they attended District 10 Band. However, even without them, the team still managed a respectable 24th out of 34 teams that were able to make it to the competition that morning. NEO Awesomeness earned the team's only medal with a 4th in Scrambler. There were several events close to medals, however as the team received 9th place in Boomilever, Entomology, and Rocks and Minerals.

At the MVC/LVC Tournament this year, them once again took home the top prize for their league. As next year the LVC and MVC are merging to form one league in all regards, it is likely that this will be the last MVC trophy, claimed by the East Stroudsburg South team. The event placings in this year's MVC section cannot be compared to other years as it only reflects the Mountain Valley Conference scores, since the results were never sent to the coaches.

As the team proceeded to regionals, they hoped to once again edge out close rival Stroudsburg. The team hoped that the influx of freshmen would be enough to counteract any losses from the previous year's seniors. The team fell short of beating Stroudsburg, partly due to a miscommunication regarding the impounding of the Scrambler device (the event did not have an impound listed on the schedule). But, for the third straight year, the team qualified for states, placing 4th in the region. 49ers and Anish Bhagwat placed 3rd in Astronomy.

Members of Scioly.org that participated in this year include 49ers, tvmoggie33, Anish Bhagwat, NerdGirl314, isaysroar, MathGeek22, Neo Awesomeness, and risapff13.

2014 Event Results
Event Valley Forge Tiger MVC Regionals States
Anatomy & Physiology 14th 25th 5th
Astronomy 22nd 24th - 3rd
Boomilever 27th* 9th 1st
Bungee Drop 24th 26th 6th
Chemistry Lab 22nd 30th 2nd 2nd
Circuit Lab 31st 31st 9th
Compound Machines 23rd 21st 11th
Designer Genes 36th 33rd 12th
Disease Detectives 27th 15th 2nd
Dynamic Planet 21st 19th 5th
Elastic Launched Glider 19th 20th 7th
Entomology 5th 9th 3rd
Experimental Design 13th 25th 2nd
Forensics 13th 28th 5th
Geologic Mapping 19th 12th 2nd
MagLev 30th 27th 9th
Materials Science 29th 22nd 9th
Mission Possible 17th 15th 8th
Rocks and Minerals 11th 9th 5th
Scrambler 2nd 4th 26th
Technical Problem Solving 38th 17th 2nd
Water Quality 26th 19th 1st
Write It Do It 21st 28th 19th
Total 490* 468 154

"*" denotes a scoring error for Boomilever at the Battle at Valley Forge Invitational. The scorer accidentally read the team's score with a decimal, instead of a comma, while determining the final results for this event. This resulted in the team not receiving the first place award that should have been received by NEO Awesomeness. This also affected their overall score, which, adjusted, became 464 points, not 490 points as marked.

Other Competitions

Other than the usual Northeastern regional competition at Penn State-Wilkes Barre, the team also participates in the MVC/Lehigh Valley Tournament. They also attend the Twin Tiers Invitational at Athens Area High School, Battle at Valley Forge Invitational at Conestoga High School, and the Tiger Invitational.

MVC/LVC Tournament

The MVC/Lehigh Valley (Mountain Valley Conference/Lehigh Valley) Tournament is usually held near the end of February or beginning of March. It is used to crown the champions for both conferences. About 14 teams normally participate: 5 from the MVC, East Stroudsburg South's conference, and 7-10 from the LVC. Only 10 of the 23 events are held, and these events are usually more chemistry or biology oriented. This shortened schedule allows teams to return to their schools before the end of the school day, but it puts teams who are strong in earth science at a disadvantage.

In 2012, the East Stroudsburg High School South Science Olympiad team unofficially placed first in the MVC and third overall with 42 points, only behind Allentown Central Catholic High School's 36 and Whitehall High School's 39.

East Stroudsburg South's first official, recognized win came in 2013. With the victory in the final Mountain Valley Conference Tournament in 2014, the East Stroudsburg South Team earned their second, and final official victory in the MVCs.

The 2010 tournament was canceled due to inclement weather.

Twin Tiers Invitational

The team first competed at the Twin Tiers Invitational in 2011, as a way to give experience and practice to those who were new to Science Olympiad. Naturally, the team struggled, only placing in the top half in one event (Write It Do It). A few members, including Eaststroudsburg13 and 49ers could not attend, since they were at the PMEA District X Chorus Festival.

The team competed at Athens once again in 2012, and they greatly improved their score. Although they were helped by absences of teams to the Battle of Valley Forge and Athens Area High School not counting their scores, they still had better statistics in almost every aspect.

Battle at Valley Forge

The team first competed at the Battle at Valley Forge at Conestoga High School in 2014. The team did not have senior and co-captain 49ers at the competition because he was attending District Chorus, but still did respectably for their first year and lacking this team member.

Tiger Invitational

The team competed in the Tiger Invitational for the first time in 2012. It offered another opportunity for team members to prepare and gain experience. Once again, the team's participation this competition will hopefully become a yearly occurrence, especially since it is the closest invitational held to East Stroudsburg.

The team once again was able to compete in 2014. Though they did have the absence of two team members attending District Band, the team still managed several good events.

Fun Facts

  • East Stroudsburg South is known for its heated rivalry with Stroudsburg High School, and this carries over to Science Olympiad. However, so far this has been a friendly rivalry, partially due to the long history of success Stroudsburg has enjoyed and the much more recent emergence of East Stroudsburg.
  • In 2012 states, when the team placed 10th, they had 10 events place in the top 10.

Users

The following users currently participate or have participated in Science O at this school:

CAVcoach (coach)
EASTstroudsburg13
Hawke245
49ers
airplanesrule
Starsky133
NEO Awesomeness
rsiptroth5
Cholly
tvmoggie33
Anish bhagwat
isaysroar
NerdGirl314
rissapf13
MathGeek22

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Useful Sites

School site
District site
Team Site
Northeastern Regional site
Pennsylvania SO site