On March 5th Science Olympiad competed at Semi-State and took a first place win, qualifying the team for State the second year in a row. The team had an incredible showing at Semi-State to earn them this win including Charlie McGarry and Cody Lambert placing 1st in Game On, Wright Stuff, and Air Trajectory, Sean McGarry and Nina Hernandez placing 1st in Anatomy and Physiology, Grace Carpenter and Christie King placing 1st in Fossils, Natalia Bator and Kati Vandygriff placing 1st in Disease Detectives, Cassidy Parks and Kati Vandygriff placing 1st in Robot Arm, and Ceci Taylor and Alissa Rose placing 1st in Electric Vehicle. These are just to name a few of the many impressive rankings of the team.
On March 19th the team competed at State and placed 20th out of a whopping 36 teams. The team improved over last year’s ranking, moving up three slots and placing in the top ten an impressive three times. These include Charlie McGarry and Cody Lambert placing 8th in Game On and 10th in Wright Stuff and Sydney Jablonski and Nina Hernandez placing 9th in Forensics.
The season is officially over and a few members had some parting words. Sydney Jablonski said, “We’re definitely turning into more of a program, and both our numbers and rankings have improved since last year.” First year member Cailynn Murphy stated, “My first Science Olympiad competition was absolutely amazing! I was nervous going into the whole situation being new to it but everyone was so nice and welcoming! I have made not only new friends, but I have found a safe place where I can be with good people and do something I love.”
If Science Olympiad seems interesting to you, and you are currently a junior or younger, the opportunity to join is still available! The season will pick up again in October of the 2016-2017 school year, but you can always get information from current members or the coach, Ms. B. Congrats to the team for another incredible season and best of luck for the next one!