EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Fifteen students from a Long Island high school have been barred from a state science competition after this winter’s brutal weather played a role in paying their registration fee on time.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the students at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket worked all year to compete and could have been eligible to earn college scholarships if they placed in the state’s Science Olympiad.
However, in an administrative mix-up, the state contacted the wrong person at the school with notification about the deadline for the team’s $150 registration fee. When the team’s coach finally learned about it, he overnighted the check, but it was delayed because of a snowstorm and arrived after the Feb. 28 due date.
The Ward Melville team is a perennial power in science fairs. They won last year’s state title and have advanced to the national tournament each of the past five years.