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Image courtesy of Lloyd Kiefer
Image courtesy of Lloyd Kiefer
Students from Grover Cleveland High School prepare for one of the Science Olympiad events, the mousetrap vehicle.

The Grover Cleveland Tigers took home five medals in the 2018 Science Olympiad regional tournament held at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood for the 15th consecutive year on Feb. 3.

The Tigers received medals for their efforts in the hovercraft, helicopters and tower building events, finishing as high as fourth place in helicopters and tower building. The top 10 finishers in each event win medals, and the top competitors for Grover Cleveland included Jeevan Bastola, Abrar Hussain, Shafikur Khan, Dawa Sherpa, Adelisa Hot, Aldijana Hot, Bishan Rayamaji, Ayushma Panthi, Ankit Bhandari and Anith Devkota.

Mark Kestner, Mingmar Tamang, and Nicole Gerlak also came in the top third in New York City in fermi questions, herpetology and microbe mission. 

These are difficult events that require time, patience, and students must also study for a written exam in these topics,” said Lloyd Kiefer, one of the coaches for the Tigers.

Grover Cleveland was one of the only schools at the event to have three teams competing, and also one of the only public schools. Most of the 62 teams from 38 schools across the five boroughs were from private or specialized schools.

The Tigers added to their already impressive reputation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math achievements. In 2017, Shafikur Khan won fourth place at the International Bridge Building Contest in Dallas, and in 2016, Abrar Hussain won first place at the Chicago Internationals. Grover Cleveland’s Envirothon team has often finished in first place in Queens and advances regularly to the state Envirothon in Geneva, New York.

Principal Denise Vittor and Coach Krishna Mahabir extended their gratitude to the entire Grover Cleveland community for putting in many hours to make this event a success. 

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