North Quincy High School
|Member of SO since||2010|
|Best finish, regionals||none|
|Best finish, state||8th, 2011|
|Best finish, nationals||never been|
History and Info
North Quincy High School is located in Quincy, Massachusetts. NQHS is one of two high schools in Quincy and contains students in grades 9-12. There are around 350-400 students in each class.
North Quincy High started their Science Olympiad Team in the 2009-2010 school year. There was originally a very large turnout in the beginning, but as the year progressed, many people became inactive or quit. The team hit a very low point when there would be no meetings for weeks on end. However, during the last two weeks before competition, there were meetings every day, working late hours, including staying till 8PM the night before competition. The next day, half of the team took the MBTA Commuter Rail to competition and walked 2 miles to competition due to lack of bus, while carrying all the building event contraptions.
However, they proved to be a strong rookie team, placing the highest in 21st, as well as medaling in Experimental Design, ribboning in Astronomy, and placing in a few other events. The team was soon highly motivated once more and was ready to go into the next year.
State Competition Results
In 2010, the team was able to place in many events, as well as fail in a few others. Gabe, Jaclyn, and Kevin placed 3rd in Experimental Design with only one or two previous practice sessions. Sam, placed in at the last minute, along with Bonita, finished 6th in Astronomy. Brenda, another last minute contender, and Alice, placed 8th in Ecology.
Many of the building events came out much better than the team planned. Luke's last minute Mousetrap Vehicle gave the team an 11th place finish in that event. Ossama and Jay, with amazing skills, if they had impounded anything for the event, would have placed 4th in It's About Time. As well, if there were slight modifications to change the bridge, Sam and Ossama would have won the Elevated Bridge event, as it held 17 kg in competition and was as light as a feather.
Individual Event Results
|Anatomy and Physiology||19|
|It's About Time||20|
|Technical Problem Solving||28|
|Write It/Do It||32|
|Nuclear Science Lab||41|