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Island Trees High School sophomore Zach Ricca and (Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Island Trees High School sophomore Zach Ricca and his teammate Arielle Herguth, a junior, compete in a forensics event at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Science Olympiad competition for Nassau high schools

Seventy-two teams from 38 Nassau County high schools compete Feb. 4, 2012, at the New York State Science Olympiad, Division C, Western Long Island Region, hosted by Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale. The contest, in which top winners go on to represent the region at the state level, includes events in forestry, chemistry lab, forensics, rocks and miners and tower building.

Educators watch as junior Angelo Mauro, 17, and
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Educators watch as junior Angelo Mauro, 17, and sophomore Emily Grote, 15, both from Farmingdale High School, take a turn with their gravity vehicle at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Island Trees High School sophomore Zach Ricca and
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Island Trees High School sophomore Zach Ricca and his teammate Arielle Herguth, a junior, compete in a forensics event at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Island Trees High School junior Arielle Herguth and
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Island Trees High School junior Arielle Herguth and her teammate Zach Ricca, a sophomore, compete in a forensics event at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. (Feb. 4, 2012)

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Nassau high schoolers compete in a forensics event
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Nassau high schoolers compete in a forensics event at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Joseph Mistron, left, and teammate David Massa, both
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Joseph Mistron, left, and teammate David Massa, both 16 and juniors from Kellenberg Memorial High School, make adjustments on their gravity vehicle at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Joseph Mistron, left, and teammate David Massa, both
(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Joseph Mistron, left, and teammate David Massa, both 16 and juniors from Kellenberg Memorial High School, make adjustments on their gravity vehicle at the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. (Feb. 4, 2012)

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