On April 6, five Upper School students and Science and Engineering Department Chair Drew Newman traveled to New Brunswick for the third annual Rutgers Oncology Olympiad. The team, composed of Hannah Jin ’20 (captain), Jalen Patel ’20, Bobby Lodge ’21, Kayla Patel ’21, and Om Patil ’21, earned gold in the “Cancer Knowledge” event and placed third overall out of 23 schools. This was Moorestown Friends’ second year participating in the event.
Oncology is a branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer. Rutgers’ Oncology Olympiad is described by the university as “a regional academic high school competition that invites students with an interest in biomedical sciences and related fields to showcase their knowledge in oncology.”
Students take an individual qualifying test (90 minutes; multiple choice) in January, and those with qualifying scores receive invitations to the competition.