3/12/2020—Oakcrest School earned a spot in the Virginia Science Olympiad high school state tournament by finishing in fifth place at the regional. The unique component that separates the Science Olympiad from traditional science fairs is that every event is collaborative. To promote collaboration, a critical science skill, students participate with at least one partner, and at the end of the day the event scores are totaled for the whole team.
Oakcrest was the only all-girls school among the 11 in the high school competition and the only all-girls school among the 13 middle schools in the regional tournament.
“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 is the second year in a row that Oakcrest sent students to the Virginia Science Olympiad State 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.