Fayetteville-Manlius High School fields two Science Olympiad teams:  Varsity and Junior Varsity.

Varsity Team

Each year, students participate in a series of tryouts to gain a spot on one of the two teams. Students on the Varsity team compete at all competitions, earning an opportunity to compete at States and Nationals upon eligibility (placing in the top five at the Regionals, then in the top two at States).  This team may be made up of 9th-12th graders.  However, national rules stipulate a maximum number of seniors on a team.  At FM, the Varsity team may have a maximum of:

  • 7 - Freshmen
  • 7 - Sophomores
  • 7 - Juniors
  • 7 - Seniors

Junior Varsity Team

Students on the Junior Varsity team are mostly 9th & 10th graders. Members are chosen based on each candidate's performance during the tryout process, teacher recommendations, and past experience with Science Olympiad.  This team competes at competitions up through and including the New York Mid-State Regional.

Participation on this team provides students an opportunity to develop their skills in science, team work, and competitive spirit.  Often, students from the JV team are selected for the Varsity team the following year.  The JV team is an essential resource in developing enriching activities and practice for the Varsity team, as well as a basis for future Varsity teams.

The Fayetteville-Manlius Science Olympiad program owes its rewarding performance year after year to every student on both teams. Students, coaches, and parents work tirelessly to perfect a highly-effective, competitive team.


Our goal every year is to continue our tradition of an unwavering commitment to excellence and development of the 21st century learner. Given that the Science Olympiad competition is a one/two day opportunity to succeed, students need to be well prepared to compete.

1. Personal choices affect everyone on the team.  If you are considering a winter/spring sport, the musical, or other extra curricular activity, then you may not have enough time to meet your extra curricular activity, homework, family and Science Olympiad commitments. Time is valuable!

2. Each practice counts.  Therefore, students should meet deadlines assigned by coaches and produce something measurable that can withstand the challenges from all competitive teams.

3. Realize that success and achievement come through consistent hard work.  For example, building events require repeated testing well in advance of competition. Do not be satisfied with a device because it works, but aim for what works best.  Self motivation drives excellence.

4. Talent is the follower of will.  Sheer intellect and high grades do NOT mean you will make the team.  Practices will be held most days in December, January, February and the first two weeks in March. Don’t procrastinate.  More if we keep winning.

5. Experience is the most painful teacher.  Attention to detail is critical to success.  Avoid blunders.  Pay attention to coaches and coordinators at events.  Be prepared and be aware.  When things do go wrong, don't dwell on them as failures; utilize them as opportunities to learn and improve.

6. Seniors: need to be readers and leaders.  The team is limited to only 7 seniors and these people are the ones who take on the bulk of the events.

7. Failure: accept it and move on.  Be willing to accept criticism and suggestions for improvement from your team members and coaches alike.