Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School

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Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School
Member of SO since 1990
Results History
Best regional 1st Place- 2001-2010, 2012-2015
Best state 1st Place- 2006-2008, 2010, 2013-2015
Best nationals 3rd Place- 2010

Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School is located in East Setauket, New York on Long Island. Because of their location, they compete in the Eastern Long Island Regional Tournament, which is held in February or March each year. They have gone to States many times in the past decade.

The team formed in the early 1990's, and went to States at least twice before their current streak from 2000 - 2014. In 2000, after Mr. Vorwald became the new coach, the team qualified for States for the first time in nearly 10 years, and placed 6th, winning the Best Performance of a New School Award. Their most notable achievement is being the NY state champions for five of the past six years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014) and placing 2nd in 2009, 2011, and 2012. They have gone to the National tournament in 8 of the last 9 years, placing in the top ten in '06, '07, '08, '10, '11, and '13. They have a sibling school, RC Murphy, which has placed in the top ten at the state tournament in the past four years. Gelinas had the best year in their history in 2010, getting 95 points for a first-place win at States and winning third place at Nationals, just 30 points behind Solon Middle School, the top team.

School Info

Paul J Gelinas is a Junior High School with about 900 students in grades 7, 8, and 9, which competes in Division B. Therefore, the Science Olympiad team is composed of only 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. The school has a sister Junior High school, RC Murphy, and both feed into Ward Melville High School, which also has a Science Olympiad team. The Science Olympiad team at Gelinas has a wonderful coach (Mr. Vorwald) who always pushes the students to do their best. Many other teachers in the building help their team, such as Mrs. Gerber and Mr. Daguerre. Several volunteer coaches help the team including Mr. Marotta, Mr. Bouklas, and Ms. Schroeder. Additionally, a number of alumni from the high school team, Ward Melville HS, regularly come to help mentor the team. Many others have helped the team in the past such as Mrs. Guarascio, Mr. Maloney and Mr. Suesser. Mr. Vorwald, an Earth Science and Science Research teacher, has won multiple teaching awards. The school colors are green and gold, and the school's mascot is the Patriot (the same as Ward Melville). Gelinas formerly had the Vikings as their individual school mascot. Gelinas also has an excellent theater program, which puts on very large scale musicals every year.


Results from 2000-2015
Year Place at Regionals Place at States Place at Nationals
2000 3rd 6th N/A
2001 1st 6th N/A
2002 1st 4th N/A
2003 1st (84) 2nd 17th (487)
2004 1st 4th N/A
2005 1st 2nd (226) 21st (580)
2006 1st 1st 6th (387)
2007 1st (29) 1st (140) 9th (394)
2008 1st (49) 1st (183) 10th (409)
2009 1st (54) 2nd (211) 11th (390)
2010 1st (39) 1st (95) 3rd (276)
2011 2nd (47) 2nd (159) 7th (368)
2012 1st (60) 2nd (108) 14th (441)
2013 1st (35) 1st (119) 8th (351)
2014 1st (44) 1st (102) 11th (421)
2015 1st (60) 1st (108) 10th (348)
2016 1st (40) 1st (103) 10th (372)