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F-M Science Olympiad places seventh at nationals

The Fayetteville-Manlius Science Olympiad team came in seventh at the Science Olympiad National Tournament Saturday in Orlando, where sixty teams from across the nation competed. In front, from left: Erin Concannon (assistant), R.J. Hartwell (head coach), Brittney Buckingham, Hannah Bucklin, Molly Bucklin, Lila Rodgers, Sara Rusignuolo, Kathryn Toffolo and Jamie Cucinotta (coach). In back, from left: John Roberts, Nicholas Billmyer, Wilburt Geng, Kenny Friedman, Ryan Izant, Colin Barber, Adam Jackson, David Kim, Elliot Tan (captain) and Joshua Buchman (assistant).

The Fayetteville-Manlius Science Olympiad team came in seventh at the Science Olympiad National Tournament Saturday in Orlando, where sixty teams from across the nation competed. In front, from left: Erin Concannon (assistant), R.J. Hartwell (head coach), Brittney Buckingham, Hannah Bucklin, Molly Bucklin, Lila Rodgers, Sara Rusignuolo, Kathryn Toffolo and Jamie Cucinotta (coach). In back, from left: John Roberts, Nicholas Billmyer, Wilburt Geng, Kenny Friedman, Ryan Izant, Colin Barber, Adam Jackson, David Kim, Elliot Tan (captain) and Joshua Buchman (assistant). Provided

— Fayetteville-Manlius High School's Science Olympiad team placed seventh in the Science Olympiad National Tournament Saturday at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Sixty high school teams from across the nation gathered in Florida for the competition, which included 23 building and knowledge events focusing on earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and more.

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Eagle Hill Middle School’s team placed 16th at the national level. They are pictured here after winning the state title in April. In front, from left: Karen Zhan, Maddy Lee, Sarah Oakes, Allison Alcott, Alena Zhang, Mimi Lu, Kristina Liu and Luke Qi. In back, from left: Mrs. Schroeder, Ms. Samson, Damian Cross, Sarah Percoski, Ryan McHugh, John Hrbac, Tiberiu Mihaila, Jay Khurana, Mr. McNall, Ray Gu and Urie Choi.

Middle school teams also gathered in Orlando for their own competition, including F-M’s Eagle Hill Middle School, which placed 16th.

F-M has been New York State's No. 1 high school Science Olympiad team since 2003, and the school came in second from 1999 to 2002. It took the national championship in 2004.

Last year, the school finished 11th at nationals.

For Jamie Cucinotta, 60, an F-M teacher and Science Olympiad coach for years, this was her last competition. She is retiring this year after leading the team to nationals 14 times, including the last 10 years in a row.

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