Oakcrest Advances to States in the Virginia Science Olympiad
Oakcrest School earned a spot in the Virginia Science Olympiad high school state tournament by finishing in fifth place at the regional competition held at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, February 8.
Oakcrest was the only all-girls school among the eleven in the high school competition, which included Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax High School and McLean High School. With two teams in the high school division, Oakcrest took first place among the eleven high schools in the Anatomy and Physiology competition, and fourth in the coding-intensive Detector Building category.
Oakcrest was also the only all-girls school among the 13 middle schools that competed in the regional tournament. With one team in the middle school division, Oakcrest placed tenth out of twenty teams.
Notable high school student achievements included:
Mackenzie M. (‘20): First Place, Anatomy & Physiology
Rachel F.(‘22) and Faven K. (‘23) Second place, Gravity vehicle
Sofia J.(‘21) and Hannah L. (‘21) Fourth place, Detector building
Rachel F. (‘22) and Grace C. (‘22) Sixth place, Fossils
Notable middle school student achievements included:
Vivian K. (‘25) and Ashleigh Y. (‘25), 4th place medal, Heredity
Megan B (‘25) and Maddie M (‘26), 6th place, Density Lab
“It was a wonderful team effort across the board. The girls represented Oakcrest very well!” said Science Olympiad coach and Oakcrest science teacher Dr. Kat Hussmann.
This will be the second year in a row that Oakcrest sends students to the Virginia State Science Olympiad Tournament. In 2019, Oakcrest was the first ever all-girls team to compete in the state tournament and Dr. Hussmann received the Virginia Science Olympiad Coach of the Year award. States will take place on March 28 at the University of Virginia.