Hi, my name is Kathryn and I’m a Palo Alto Science Olympiad alum. In my three years on the team, I’ve competed in a variety of study, lab, and build events, from Chem Lab to Bridge Building. Science Olympiad has been the most important influencer of my college career, so I am incredibly excited to give back to the community through this tournament!
Favorite events: Forensics, Chem Lab, Protein Modeling, Bridge Building
Fun fact: I like to figure skate in my free time!
Hello, I’m Faith--I’m a Bismarck Century High alum, and was a part of Science Olympiad since my middle school years. SciO was always one of my favorite extracurricular activities, and I’m delighted to continue my involvement at university.
Favorite events: Astronomy, Dynamic Planet, Anatomy and Physiology
Fun fact: Joan of Arc is my great-aunt--like 11 greats in there, but I am directly descended from her brother.
Hi, I’m Sarah Gurev, and I'm a Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School Scioly alum. I've had the opportunity to attend Nationals five times, and the distinct pleasure of competing in every single water event each time. Science Olympiad was such a large part of my life, so I'm grateful it's not quite over yet. I'm really excited to help bring this tournament to life!
Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Awesome Aquifers, Dynamic Planet
Fun fact: I was very overprotective of my protein model, possibly because I was constantly worrying that my cat would eat it.
Hi, I’m Allison! I love everything Science Olympiad -- my years of competing, the amazing community of people I’ve met, and this very tournament. I’m beyond excited to see what the upcoming season will bring to the table!
Favorite events: Invasive Species, Herpetology, Forensics
Fun fact: I’ve gone viral on the Internet.
Hey, I’m Valerie! Although I’m not a Science Olympiad alum, I have always been passionate about science and science outreach. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of GGSO’s Executive Board, and am looking forward to help organize a tournament that gives so much to the Bay Area and SciOly communities.
Favorite events: Herpetology, Mousetrap Vehicle, Materials Science
Fun fact: One time, Tina Fey’s bodyguard pushed me away from her after a major fangirl moment at the Tony Awards. It was awesome.
Hi!! I’m Evelyn, and I’m a Mira Loma Sci Oly alumni. I was only on the team since sophomore year, but those 3 years definitely shaped my passions and love for science. It was Science Olympiad that developed my interest in biology and led me to pursue a career in medicine.
Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives
Fun fact: I actually didn’t want to do Disease Detectives until my sci oly coach put me on the event sophomore year, and by senior year I was 1st in the nation for the event. Lets just say that my coach made a good call :)
Hi, I'm Amy! I'm a SciOly alum from Interlake High School, where I competed for three years--a few too little, in my opinion. Despite (or maybe thanks to...) almost losing three teammates on the plane and another two during the BART ride, GGSO has been one of the best tournaments I've attended in high school and I'm excited to make it even better!
Favorite events: Astronomy, Hovercraft, Wright Stuff, Materials Science
Fun fact: I'm very passionate about the taste of water.
Hi, I'm Matthew, a SciOly alum from Northwood High School. Having competed for 6 years, SciOly has been a major part of my life. Many of my fondest memories have been from Science Olympiad and I've been able to meet many close friends, competing with them over the years. I'm excited to be on the other side now organizing tournaments for the community!
Favorite events: Mission Possible, Disease Detectives, Robot Arm
Fun fact: I love puzzles! Puzzle hunts are one of my favorite activities. I also make puzzle sets of my own too.
Hi! I'm Emily, an alum of NCSSM and Enloe High School SciOly. Through my 6 years of competing, I've met the most amazing community, both on my teams and online. I'm so glad I can continue being involved through GGSO. Super excited to help make this invite happen! :)
Favorite events: Codebusters, Experimental Design, Dynamic Planet
Fun fact: I've never competed in a scioly invitational.
I am super excited to be a part of this year's GGSO team. Growing up in North Dakota, Science Olympiad was the first times I really got to share my interest in STEM with people around my school and state. I'm passionate about making STEM education and opportunities accessible for students of all backgrounds and can't wait to help make that a reality within GGSO!
Favorite events: Meteorology and Towers
Fun fact: I once competed in eight events during a regional tournament. Quite the time!
Hi, I’m Sophia and I’m a Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School Science Olympiad alum. I can’t really pinpoint exactly what I love about Science Olympiad, but it’s been seven years and I’m still here so I guess there must be something there.
Favorite events: Disease Detectives, Ecology, Simple Machines
Fun fact: I've met a real life disease detective.
Hi! My name is Vinay and I am an alum of Seven Lakes High School in Houston, Texas. Science Olympiad completely changed my life and I am forever grateful for the skills and friendships I made in my years on the team. I’m so excited to be apart of GGSO and can’t wait to help host this tournament for everyone!
Favorite events: Codebusters, Sounds of Music, Game On
Fun fact: In the 2 years I was on the team, I competed in 17 events.
Hi, I'm Amy, and I'm a Walnut High School and Suzanne Middle School alum! SciOly has been a formative part of my growth, which is why I’m even more excited to see how I can help this tournament grow!
Favorite events: Forensics and Experimental Design
Fun fact: I have 50+ (and growing) themed Spotify playlists, each curated to a different mood, atmosphere, and vibe.
Hi! I'm Aditya and I'm from Katy, Texas, where I competed in Science Olympiad at Beckendorff Junior High and Seven Lakes High School. Over the years, I've come to love everything about Science Olympiad, from the thrill of learning something new to all the amazing friends I've made. I'm beyond excited to give back to the Science Olympiad community by helping GGSO!
Favorite events: Astronomy, Write It Do It
Fun fact: I am a basket baller
Hi people of GGSO. I did Science Olympiad in SoCal for seven years, mostly identification events. I've started writing Road Scholar tests for a few regionals. I'm really excited to be involved with GGSO.
Favorite events: Rocks and Minerals, Road Scholar, Fossils
Fun fact: I balloon twist
Hi! I'm Anson and I'm a Milpitas High School alum! I've competed in Science Olympiad for four years and have been a Division A tournament director for two years. I can't wait to help out at GGSO!!
Favorite events: Game On, Experimental Design, Codebusters
Fun fact: Scratch Cat is my lord and savior.
Hello! I’m Anton. I have great memories of pilfering food off of my teammates while studying for the competitions, and now I’m back to get some more free food while watching the next generation of aspiring scientists and engineers suffer/enhance their knowledge. For fun, I work on the next Google, increase the universe’s entropy, and sleep.
Favorite events: Astronomy, Disease Detectives, Thermodynamics
Fun fact: My favorite programming language is Scheme! It's very beautiful.
My name is Antonio, and I'm an Acton-Boxborough Regional High School alum. Although medals were always nice, my favorite part of SciOly was spending time with friends that I wouldn't have met otherwise, often from across the country. Really excited to be helping out!
Favorite events: Astronomy, Hovercraft, Mousetrap Vehicle
Fun fact: I have a spreadsheet of my favorite hex colors codes. It's awesome.
Hi, I'm Edward, an SO alum from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, MN. SO was a big part of my high school experience and I'm excited to give back to the SciOly community! I've been volunteering with GGSO since it was founded in my freshman year and am excited to serve as a Test Supervisor this year!
Favorite events: GeoLogic Mapping, Chemistry Lab, Dynamic Planet
Fun fact: Ask me about the cow costume.
Hi! I'm Jun(e). I used to go to Troy High School until I got too old. My favorite parts of Science Olympiad were meeting people and crushing the souls of the weak. In my spare time, I like working on my undergraduate degree, painting my nails, and doing chemistry.
Favorite events: Protein Modelling, Chemistry Lab, Dynamic Planet
Fun fact: My name backwards is gullible.
Haii, I'm Lydia, and I'm a Troy High School SciOly alum (woot!). Through SciOly, I got to meet so many cool and amazing people. I especially loved going to invitationals because of all the fun and unexpected things that happen (from TSA and forensics kits...yikes, to ice cream in pouring rain). And I can't wait for GGSO :)
Favorite events: Forensics, Astronomy
Fun fact: I raced in an international race (and skipped a week of school) for Dragon Boat!
Hi! I'm Mihir, and I am a Palo Alto High School Scioly alum. I had a great time during my 6 years of competing, and I'm excited to be on the evaluation committee for my first year!
Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Astronomy
Fun fact: Did you know that raindrops aren't raindrop-shaped?
Hi! I used to compete for Carmel High School (IN, since there's also one in NorCal - I know because I've seen it), and there's a high chance you've probably seen me around on other scioly-related sites or at other tournaments...that's not an uncommon occurrence.
Favorite events: Forensics, Protein Modeling, Designer Genes
Fun fact: I once commented a ridiculous challenge for TwoSet Violin to try as a part of one of their subscriber milestone thank-you videos, and they featured my comment in the video and tried the challenge!
Hi, I'm Shayana and I'm a Mira Loma Science Olympiad alum. I never really stuck to a particular event during my Scioly career, but I loved the experience of exploring different areas of science, competing, and building lasting relationships with my team members. I will always appreciate my Scioly family and can't wait to find another through GGSO!
Favorite events: Water Quality, Dynamic Planet
Fun fact: Last year at Nationals, I medaled at the one event I nearly missed due to a schedule typo.
Hey everyone! I'm Sophia and I competed with Boca Raton High School (FL) for three years. I had an amazing experience competing in the 1st GGSO Invite and it feels surreal that I'm writing an exam for GGSO now! To view my Science Olympiad history, check out my scioly.org page (User:Svph300).
Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Protein Modeling, Microbe Mission
Fun fact: In middle school, I memorized 441 digits of pi in 3 days to win a 1980s boombox. Worth it.
I'm a postdoc at the University of Chicago. My research is focused on the climate and atmospheric circulation of extrasolar planets.
Favorite events: It's About Time, Astronomy, Solar System
Fun fact: KELT-9 is the hottest planet known, with a dayside temperature similar to that of a K-dwarf star.
I grew up outside Philadelphia and competed in Science Olympiad at Harriton High School. Astronomy was and is my favorite event, and an obsession from a young age. I am currently a National Event Supervisor for this event, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to be part of the organization that gave me so much!
Favorite events: Astronomy, Remote Sensing, Geologic Mapping
Fun fact: I once coordinated a relay with my college's running club from one of Michigan to the other (184 miles!) in less than 24 hours
Hey, I'm Nick! I had the joy of competing in Science Olympiad for 3 years at Troy High School in Fullerton, CA, during which I got to be a part of two Nationals-winning teams. I captained the team in my senior year and really enjoyed participating in invitationals, which is why I now try to give back by volunteering at events like GGSO. I'm really looking forward to meeting all the competitors and making this event a great one.
Favorite events: It's About Time, Maglev
Fun fact: My MagLev car for Nationals 2014 was made to work (at 2 am on the day of Nationals) with the help of a component salvaged from a Happy Meal toy.
I’m David and am currently a Materials Engineer at Carbon, Inc. in Redwood City, CA. I had my start in Science Olympiad at Monta Vista High School, and enjoyed it so much I continued in college as an organizer for the MIT Science Olympiad Invitational. Excited to be back in the Bay to help with GGSO!
Favorite events: Chemistry Lab, Forensics, Compound Machines
Fun fact: I competed in Materials Science once and was terrible at it.
Greetings! I'm Kevin and I'm from Boca Raton, Florida, where I competed at Boca Raton Community High School. Since then, I have been supervising at tournaments, working on the National Physical Science Committee, and will be hosting the 2020 Florida State Tournament. It is my distinct pleasure to be working with GGSO to provide a high quality invitational this year!
Favorite events: Electric Vehicle, Invasive Species, Remote Sensing
Fun fact: Despite being unskilled. my favorite thing to do in my free time is play ping pong.
I'm a Palo Alto High School and Greene Middle School alum and SciOly competitor of 5 years! Science Olympiad was one of my most formative experiences in high school, and kept me well rounded by stuffing novel academic subjects in my shriveled code monkey brain. I'm determined to pay forward what SciOly has bestowed on me as your next Code Busters event supervisor.
Favorite events: Code Busters, Mission Possible, Game On
Fun fact: I've been told I do a good Gollum voice, but I'm far too embarrassed to prove it to you.
Hi, I’m Stephen, an alum from West High in Torrance, California. We only started our team during my junior year of high school, so although I only competed for two years, Science Olympiad has become a big part of my life.
Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Materials Science, Codebusters
Fun fact: My favorite Pokemon are the Shroomish line.
I'm a first-year student in the Genetics PhD program at Stanford. I was co-founder, president, and tournament director of Science Olympiad at MIT.
Favorite events: Astronomy, Disease Detectives, Rocks & Minerals
Fun fact: I spent a month working at a steel pipe factory in Japan.
Hi, I'm Rachel! I'm a SciOly alum from Interlake High School. I competed for four years and loved (almost) every moment, so I'm excited to be able to contribute to GGSO!
Favorite events: Designer Genes, Microbe Mission
Fun fact: I have a pet tortoise.
Hey, I'm Krishni! I competed on the Winston Churchill and Mira Loma team for a total of 7 years. Competing in Scioly was an incredible experience that sparked my interest in medicine and introduced me to so many amazing people. I'm excited to continue this journey as an alum :)
Favorite events: Disease Detectives, Anatomy & Physiology, Designer Genes
Fun fact: I think Love Island is the greatest reality show ever.
Hi, I'm Tim. In high school, I was a part of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North’s Science Olympiad team. Now that I’m in college, I find myself returning to and learning more about a lot of the topics I found interesting in Science Olympiad.
Favorite events: Dynamic Planet, Write It Do It, Fossils
Fun fact: I run an Instagram page for my dog.
Hi, I'm Alice, and I'm a Diamond Bar High School and Mesa Robles Middle School Science Olympiad alum. I honestly love SciOly so much, not just because I get exposure to such interesting science topics, but also because of the amazing people I’ve gotten to know through this. I’m a bit sad that I can’t compete anymore, but I’m super excited to continue to be a part of this community!
Favorite events: Forensics, Microbe Mission
Fun fact: I've been working on a novel for almost 5 years now.
Hello! I competed in Science Olympiad all four years of high school and found my experience as a competitor and captain incredibly rewarding. I’m thrilled to be event supervising Forensics this year and am looking forward to an enriching time at GGSO!
Favorite events: Forensics, Chemistry Lab, Thermodynamics
Fun fact: I love listening to instrumental scores from movies and shows.
Hey! I’m Ben and I’m a graduate from Canyon Crest Academy. I started competing in Science Olympiad back in sixth grade, and I’m excited that I can still be a part of the organization that helped get me interested in and foster my passion for science.
Favorite events: Forensics, Materials Science, Chem Lab
Fun fact: I throw axes and saw logs for fun.
Hi, I'm Victor! I'm originally from Texas, and graduated from UT Austin in 2017. I'm a Science Olympiad alum from Cypress Lakes High School, and I continued to volunteer at SciOly tournaments in undergrad. I'm currently in the Bay Area pursuing my PhD and researching viruses!
Favorite events: Microbe Mission, Fossils, History of Science (former Tx Trial Event)
Fun fact: As an overachiever, I often split my time between SciOly and band back in high school. I still continue to play clarinet today!
Hi! I'm Peter, an alum from Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. I have been involved in Science Olympiad as far back as I can remember, and it has played a huge role in my life from shaping what I am currently studying to the friends I have made so far. I'm excited to be a part of the GGSO team and look forward to meeting you all!
Favorite events: Geologic Mapping, Wright Stuff, Experimental Design
Fun fact: I really like the squirrels at UC Berkeley.
Hey friends! I’m Julie and I’m a Palo Alto SciOly alum and former team captain. SciOly was full of so many good times and quality mems during my high school years, so I’m incredibly excited to stay involved in college. :)
Favorite events: Geomapping, Anatomy and Physiology, Herpetology
Fun fact: I ran a half marathon!
Hello! I'm Alaric, born and raised in Los Angeles, been involved with Science Olympiad for nearly 11 years now, Troy High c/o 2011, University of Pennsylvania c/o 2016 (M&T dual degree in Electrical Engineering & Management/Marketing; master's degree in systems/transportation engineering). Currently, I work in San Francisco at McKinsey&Company, a global management consulting firm. I was a former captain and 4-year member of Troy Science Olympiad, where I competed at Regionals, State and Nationals in mostly engineering events (of which Mission Possible was, and will always be, my favorite event of all time). In the years following high school, I directed three invitational tournaments in Southern California for Division B teams and have had extensive experience event supervising both Div B and C. Really excited to be a part of this Bay Area event!
I'm a graduate student in the physics department at UC Berkeley, and I've been curious about science for as long as I can remember. My current research involves understanding the electrical signals that neuroscientists use to study the brain. I have many fond memories of SciOly, and it's great to be able to give back!
Favorite events: Wind Power, Chem Lab
Fun fact: I once got my hair cut by Yo-Yo Ma's barber
Hi! I participated in Science Olympiad with West-Windsor Plainsboro High School South (NJ) from 2008-2011, and now I am a fourth year graduate student in the Stanford Neurosciences PhD Program. Science Olympiad helped foster my love for biology, and the community we have is fantastic -- I’m thrilled that I still have the chance to give back to Science Olympiad as an alum!
Favorite events: Ornithology, Cell Biology, Ecology
Fun fact: I enjoy teaching, birdwatching, and playing video games + board games!
Hi, my name is Vivian and I competed with the Wilson High School Science Olympiad for 4 years. The majority of the events I competed in were engineering events. Science Olympiad was a great experience for me and I'm excited to be helping out with this tournament.
Favorite events: Mission Possible, Robot Arm, WiDi
Fun fact: I know how to make balloon animals.
Hi! I'm Sameer and I'm a Clements Science Olympiad alum. I competed in Science Olympiad for two years in high school, in events like Chem Lab and Astronomy. I'm super hyped to be supervising at GGSO this year and I can't wait to see all of you guys in February!
Favorite events: Chem Lab, Protein Modeling, Astronomy
Fun fact: Cheez-Its are better than Goldfish and if you disagree, your opinion doesn't count.
Hey! My name is Justin and I went to school at Beckendorff Junior High and Seven Lakes High School. From the amazingly cool stuff I got to learn to the late-night grind sessions I had with my friends, I will always be grateful for Science Olympiad.
Favorite events: Hovercraft, Thermodynamics, Sounds of Music
Fun fact: I like jazz.
Hi! My name’s Brandon. I’m from Hockessin, Delaware, and I competed in Science Olympiad for 6 years at H.B. duPont Middle School and the Charter School of Wilmington. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, League of Legends, and board games.
Favorite events: Thermodynamics, Water Quality, Crave the Wave
Fun fact: I have a pet turtle named Shelley.
Hi, I’m Nikhil, and I’m a graduate of Mira Loma High School. I’ve been doing Science Olympiad for seven years, and have loved every moment of it! I have done build events for my whole career so I know the stress involved with it from the last minute fix-ups to midnight runs to Hobby Stores. I am excited to continue Science Olympiad as an event supervisor for Wright Stuff!
Favorite events: Robot Arm, Mission Possible, Helicopters
Fun fact: I can juggle
Hi!! I’m David, and I’m a Mira Loma Sci Oly alumni. I was only on the team since freshman year, but those 4 years definitely shaped my passions and love for science. It was Science Olympiad that developed my interest in engineering and led me to pursue a career in mechanical engineering.
Favorite events: Robot Arm, Wright Stuff, Air Trajectory
Fun fact: I finished building my air trajectory the night before I left for nationals and I had no idea if it was going to work. Still ended up getting that bread tho.
Hello! My name is Alice Tran, the event supervisor for Write It Do It. I'm from Rosemead, California and I competed in Science Olympiad during middle school and high school.
Favorite events: Bridge Building, Anatomy, Write It Do It
Fun fact: I really like watching shows, especially Korean dramas.
Hi, my name is Abraham Chen, I’m a Mounds View Scioly Alumni, and I’ve been involved in Scioly all through high school. One time my team’s Scioly bus got stranded on a highway for 7 hours, making our trip to a tournament 21+ hours. That’s dedication.
Favorite events: Forensics, Fossils and Experimental Design
Fun fact: I like heights because it scares me.
I've been involved with Science Olympiad at Mounds View since 2012. Science Olympiad was by far my favorite thing that I did in high school and I hope our tournament will be a blast for everyone attending!
Favorite events: It’s About Time, Technical Problem Solving, Compound Machines
Fun fact: People who have more birthdays live longer.
Hi, my name is Dhruv, I’m a LASA Scioly Alumni, and I’ve been involved in Scioly all through high school. Science Olympiad helped me find my passion for biology and had led me to a career in medicine.
Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Protein Modeling, Material Science
Fun fact: Most nights you can find me DJing in SF or LA at salsa and bachata clubs.
I’m a Mounds View high school alum who has been to nationals since my freshman year. Scioly has played an influential role in my dedication towards impacting society through health and tech! I am looking forward to sharing my Science Olympiad experience with current scioly competitors by helping to run invitationals across the bay area, hoping to inspire and enrich STEM education for students nationwide.
Favorite events: Mission Possible, Chemistry Lab, Sounds of Music, Designer Genes
Hi! I'm Rohan, and I’m an alum of Seven Lakes High School and Beckendorff Junior High in Katy, Texas. Throughout my Science Olympiad experience, I’ve competed extensively in building events such as Gravity Vehicle and Scrambler as well in as lab events like Chemistry Lab and Forensics. I had a blast organizing our inaugural tournament for you all, and I'm looking forward to making our next tournament even greater!
Favorite events: Forensics and Chem Lab
Fun fact: I love anything and everything Drake.
Hello! I'm a LASA alum and was captain of LASA's Science Olympiad team during 2015 and 2016. I did build events, which means that most of my SciO memories involve soldering in a hotel room bathtub, getting gliders stuck in chandeliers, or getting kicked out of Wal-Mart at 1 AM (sometimes you gotta test Scrambler the night before...) Science Olympiad has been a pretty big part of my life (in both the good and bad ways), so I'm glad to be helping run this tournament.
Favorite events: Scrambler, Mission Possible
Hi, my name is Kevin Meng, I’m an Ed W. Clark HS Scioly alumni and captain. In preparation for state and nationals, I’ve stayed at school so late that midnight snacks and basketball with the cleaning staff is a norm. I’ve been told before that my love for Science Olympiad is “infectious”. Spread the love and stay committed!
Favorite events: Gravity Vehicle, Elastic Launched Glider, Wright Stuff, WIDI
Fun fact: My team and I won a state championship in soccer! I have a fierce passion for music and sports. Play me.
Hi I’m Colin and I love microbes. I competed for Wellwood Middle School and Fayetteville-Manlius High School and I graduated with a BS in microbiology from Cornell University last May. For three years, I also helped lead Science Olympiad at Cornell where I served as co-president 2015-16. Did I mention I love microbes?
Favorite events: Microbe Mission, Fermi Questions, Thermodynamics
Fun fact: My Fermi partner and I agreed to shave each other’s heads if we got 1st in Fermi at States 2013. The rest is history.
Hello, I’m Kelly! I’m an alum of John P. Stevens Science Olympiad in Edison, New Jersey. (East coast represent!) I have made some of my best memories through SciOly, from the loud bus rides to the actual tournament days. Most importantly, SciOly has taught me to constantly stay curious and hungry.
Favorite events: Forensics, Fossils, Microbe Mission
Fun fact: I played the clarinet for 10 years!
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