Boca Raton Community High School

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Boca Raton Community High School At a Glance
Member of SO since 2009
Best finish, regionals 1st (2009-2017)
Best finish, state 1st (2011-2017)
Best finish, nationals 12th (2017)
Website Team Website


Boca Raton Community High School, commonly shortened to Boca Raton High School or Boca High, is a Division C school located in Boca Raton, Florida. They placed first at their regional tournament and the Florida state tournament for many years in a row, until the 2018 season, where they received a second place at both competitions. Nevertheless, they have attended the National competition since 2010 and have been increasing their scores at the invitational over time. The school's website can be found here.

History

The team was started in the late 2000's, meaning that the team is around 10 years old. During 2009, it attended the Southeast Florida regional, in which it scored 1st, starting a nine-year streak where the team earned a first place medal at the regional tournament. At the state competition, the team scored 6th place. In 2010, the team scored 2nd at the regional tournament, which allowed it to continue to the state tournament, in which it scored 2nd. Due to the second placing, the team was allowed to attend the 2010 Nationals competition.

They won the regional, which moved them on to the state competition. There, they won their first State Science Olympiad competition, which they would continue to do for the next 6 years before 2018.

From 2012 to 2017, the team received first places at both the regional and state competitions. Their Nationals score was slowly increasing, leading up to its peak at the 2017 Nationals competition with a 12th place.

2018 was a very bad year for the team, marking the first time they scored 2nd place at the regionals and state tournament in several years. Additionally, they broke their slowly increasing Nationals score with a 27th place.

Team Setup

The team is coach-run with high stress on equality among members. The majority of preparation is done during after-school gatherings in the coach's classroom on weekdays. Over the weekends, students may meet up together to review their events, including some student-led gatherings at a nearby university.

The entire program consists of 5 teams:

  • Team 1 is the team with students that are considered to be the most hard-working and devoted to Science Olympiad. Thus, Team 1 typically outperforms all of the other teams in the program by varying margins. They are also the team that attends the most invitationals and the team that attends nationals.
  • Team 2 is the team with students that typically perform a little worse than those on Team 1. It is considered a good introductory team for those new to Science Olympiad and serves as a good place for individuals who want to invest some time and effort, but not an insane amount. This teams attends some invitationals, and typically moves on to regionals and states. Despite being considered a good introductory team, expectations are set fairly lofty, as the students on this team are often the ones who move up to Team 1 to replace graduating seniors. This team is filled with devoted competitors, hence their high placement at both regional and state competition, but the group is not strong enough to warrant a nationals trip.
  • Teams 3, 4, and 5 are the teams with students that come to Science Olympiad less frequently in the year. These teams typically only attend regionals, but if the team does well then they may attend the state-level competition.

The placement of students on teams is determined mainly by their scores on placement exams that occur usually around the middle to end of September. While these are the main factor, other factors play into the decision as well, such as the events the student is interested in and how often they come after school. It is frequent for students to move up and down teams over the years based on their performance, however, most students do not move during the year unless something severe has happened on a team.

Breaking Records

The school's Team 1 and Team 2 broke the Florida States Competition record, for being the first school to attain both 1st and 2nd place rankings at the 2015 States competition in the Florida Science Olympiad history. However, 3rd place Archimedean Upper Conservatory won 2nd place by default, and went to the 2015 National competition in place of Boca High's Team 2.

Boca Raton had a breakthrough performance at the 2017 Nationals placing 12th from 20th the previous year and decreasing their point total by ~100.

Results History

Year National Points State Points Regional Points
2008 - - - - 6th 227
2009 - - 6th 227 1st
2010 51st 1019 2nd 234 1st 65
2011 38th 829 1st 181 1st 74
2012 28th 644 1st 97 1st 80
2013 24th 583 1st 91 1st 64
2014 21st 526 1st 85 1st
2015 19th 545 1st 124 1st 73
2016 20th 534 1st 103 1st 102
2017 12th 426 1st 126 1st 125
2018 27th 626 2nd 145 2nd 119

Trophies

Regional Tournament

1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2009 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2010 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2011 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2012 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2013 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2014 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2015 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2016 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2017 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.
2nd Boca Raton High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2018 Florida Atlantic University Regional Tournament.


State Tournament

6th Boca Raton High School received a 6th place trophy at the 2009 Florida State Tournament.
2nd Boca Raton High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2010 Florida State Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2011 Florida State Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2012 Florida State Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2013 Florida State Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2014 Florida State Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2015 Florida State Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2016 Florida State Tournament.
1st Boca Raton High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2017 Florida State Tournament.
2nd Boca Raton High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2018 Florida State Tournament.


Invitational Results History

Invitational Tournament Results
Year Northview MIT Cypress Falls Golden Gate Cornell Princeton UPenn
2019 2nd (167) 2nd (241)
18th (556)
- 2nd (205) - - 6th (255)
16th (418)
2018 9th (308) 21st (570)
30th (735)
- - 6th (165)
8th (240)
9th (386) -
2017 - 11th (405)
26th (693)
- 6th (255) - - -
2016 - 11th (313)
24th (608)
- - 3rd (158)
9th (304)
- -
2015 - 13th (405)
29th (648)
4th (252) - - - -

Trophies

4th Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 4th place trophy at the 2015 Cypress Falls Invitational.
3rd Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 3rd place trophy at the 2016 Cornell Invitational.
6th Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 6th place trophy at the 2017 Golden Gate Invitational.
6th Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 6th place trophy at the 2018 Cornell Invitational.
2nd Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 2nd place trophy at the 2019 Northview Invitational.
2nd Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 2nd place trophy at the 2019 MIT Invitational.
2nd Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 2nd place trophy at the 2019 Golden Gate Invitational.
6th Boca Raton High School Team 1 received a 6th place trophy at the 2019 UPenn Invitational.


National Tournament Medals

Year Medals
2018
2017 Electric Vehicle (2nd), Microbe Mission (2nd), Invasive Species (5th), Forensics (6th), Hydrogeology (6th)
2016 Electric Vehicle (2nd), Protein Modeling (2nd), Wind Power (2nd), Robot Arm (3rd), Bridge Building (6th)
2015 Technical Problem Solving (3rd), Bridge Building (4th), It's About Time (4th)
2014 Water Quality (5th)
2013 Water Quality (2nd)
2012 Water Quality (1st)
2011
2010

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