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Seton science success

The department of science at Seton School in Manassas has been flourishing with students advancing to national or world competitions in four different categories.

The robotics team, ranked 44th in the world out of 20,000 teams, won the skills competition at the VEX state competition and will head to Kentucky for the world competition this summer. The team has been hard at work all year, meeting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as for extra practices lasting nearly six hours. The team achieved its ranking by not only focusing on the tournaments but also on special skills of the robot on auto drive. At the state level, the four members, including junior captain Sofia Garcia and sophomores Drew Dalrymple, Christian Ceol and Javi Madan, won the Judges Award for giving an impressive interview. “We have worked hard, but I think we have had success because we are close friends and pray together,” said Garcia.

Seton’s Blue Crab Bowl teams won both first and second place at the 21st Annual Virginia Regional Competition — the first time that any school has won both top spots. The first place team that narrowly defeated the other Seton team in the finals includes seniors Ben Dealey, Sean Kellogg, Joseph LaVigne, Martin Quinan and Regina Terreri. The second place team includes seniors Hannah Freivald, Katya Konstanty, Patrick Murray, Brendan Santschi and Monica Wood. Both teams devoted much time to studying marine sciences under the guidance of their coaches and Seton parents Tricia Kellogg and Hank Konstanty. The victories of the teams came from studying together after school and individually at home. The first place team will compete at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Boulder, Colo., in April. “There has been a lot of extra work necessary to get ready for the national competition,” said LaVigne. “But, we are all so happy and excited to be going to represent Seton.”

Seton’s SeaPerch team is also headed to worlds. Seton offers a dual enrollment class called An Intro to Engineering. From that class, two teams of seniors formed for the underwater robotics competition. At the Northern Virginia Regionals, Alex Ceol, Noah Smith and David Catabui placed first, while Cat Henebery, Tommy Remington, and Patrick Murray placed eighth. The winning team will head to the International SeaPerch competition at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this June.  

And lastly, freshman Liam Kellogg won the regional science fair. Thise qualifies him for the International Science Fair to be held in Pittsburgh. Kellogg’s project, “How to Minimize the Impact of Tsunamis on the Shoreline,” considers what kind of seawall would be most effective.­

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018