Cutline: 2019 USABO Gold Medalists from L to R: Christopher Wang, Acton MA; Jason Zhang, Troy, MI; Suhas Chundi, Carmel, IN; and Henry Shen, Oak Ridge, TN. These four students will represent Team USA at the International Biology Olympiad July 14-21 in Szeged, Hungary.
Cutline: 2019 USABO Gold Medalists from L to R: Christopher Wang, Acton MA; Jason Zhang, Troy, MI; Suhas Chundi, Carmel, IN; and Henry Shen, Oak Ridge, TN. These four students will represent Team USA at the International Biology Olympiad July 14-21 in Szeged, Hungary.

CARMEL – It’s no secret that high school athletes have to maintain a certain grade point average to stay eligible to compete in their respective sport. For Junior Suhas Chundi who wrestles with the Carmel Greyhounds, and just placed fourth this past season at the state championships at 106 lbs., he is getting the opportunity of a lifetime to compete at the 2019 International Biology Olympiad which will take place in Szeged, Hungary July 14-21.

Chundi competed this past spring in a national competition with over 2,000 entrants from across the country. Because of the top 20 finish, he earned the chance to go compete with the other top 20 finalists for a spot on the United States Biology Olympiad team. Chundi placed in the top four and earned a spot on Team USA.

Head wrestling coach Ed Pendoski spoke about what it means for Chundi and the program.

“I have coached a lot of people over my time,” he said. “Usually you see guys who are extremely dedicated in the wrestling room or the classroom, usually not both. Chundi is probably one of the most special guys I’ve ever coached because of his dedication to both.”

Chundi currently has a 4.7 GPA at Carmel and scored a 1590 on his SAT. His goal coming in was to get a perfect score of a 1600. Pendoski talked about Chund’s time management and how he goes excels in both the classroom and in the wrestling room.

“One of our key goals that we try and focus on in our program is time management,” Pendoski said. “Specifically for Chundi I would see him studying for an hour before we have our practices, he is so focused and super bright. He has been a leader in both the wrestling room and the classroom, helping our guys with their homework.”

Pendoski even said that he has texted Chundi to help his daughter with her homework. The wrestling team as a whole last year had a team GPA of 3.47.

“I love the way our team culture is changing,” Pendoski said. “You will see our kids working on their homework and helping each other while we wait for the bus. It’s been remarkable to watch.”

As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness.

After two rounds of challenging exams, twenty Finalists are invited to a residential training program where they learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at the USABO National Finals.

Ultimately, four students earn the right as Team USA to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over seventy countries.

Since the Center for Excellence and Education (CEE) began administering the USABO, every member of "Team USA" has medaled at the IBO. All four members of the Team USA in years 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017 were awarded gold medals. Team USA has achieved the coveted Number 1 position in the world in 2011 and 2013.