Stark County Science Olympiad Team competes in regionals

Pictured is the Stark County Junior High Science Olympiad team and coaches at the WIU regional.

On Saturday morning, March 3, at 6 a.m., the Stark County Junior High Science Olympiad team departed the school to travel to the WIU Macomb campus to compete in the regional tournament. After preparing for the various 23 events since October, the 12 team members were eager for the competition. Following the opening exercises, competition began at 9 a.m. The academic events are scheduled for an hour of testing for each event with the build events being self-scheduled throughout the day. This format allows the 12 team members to compete in multiple disciplines. Most events allow a team of two members to compete.

The awards ceremony began at 4 p.m. and medals were awarded to the top four scorers in each of the 23 events. Following the medal presentation came the ranking of the competing schools to determine the three which would move on to the state finals contest held at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana/Champaign on April 21. By a single point, the Stark County team was able to move on as one of the three teams representing the WIU regional. Following are the medal events of the Stark County team members.

Battery Buggy 2nd place Alex Welch and Jacob Best
Crime Busters 3rd place Andy Hurst and Jacob Best
Dynamic Planet 2nd place Mark Wagner
Ecology 1st place Jack Colgan and Joey Harmon
Fast Facts 3rd place Jack Colgan and Joey Harmon
Herpetology 2nd place Logan Goerks and Jack Colgan
Meteorology 3rd place Mark Wagner
Optics 4th place Kyle Stahl and Jack Winans
Potions and Poisons 4th place Logan Goerks and Jacob Best
Roller Coaster 3rd place Kyle Stahl and Jack Winans
Solar System 3rd place Mark Wagner
Towers 4th place Colin Streitmatter and Hyatt Longabough
Wright Stuff 4th place Kyle Stahl and Jack Winans

A special thank you goes out to the State Bank of Speer for awarding an education grant to the science olympiad team allowing the purchase of supplies and materials for the various events.

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