PIQUA — The Northmont Science Olympiad teams will both make a trip in April to the Ohio State Competition, after both teams placed well at the Regional Competition in Piqua on Saturday, March 18.
Northmont High School finished third at Regionals, with 133 points, while Centerville High School won the High School Regional with a very high score of 57 points. The winning Northmont Division B (middle school) team placed fifth at the competition, finishing with 206 points, only 8 points away from the third place team, West Liberty-Salem Middle School. Centerville’s Tower Heights Middle School won the competition with a final score of 68 points.
“We are thrilled with these results!” said High School Coach MaryAnn McInnes. “Everyone on the team earned at least one medal, and several kids medaled in every one of their events.”
At the Regional Competition, students earned medals for sixth place and higher. The High School team medaled in fifteen out of twenty-three events; while the top scoring Division B team medaled in seven events, and placed in the top ten in an additional eight events, giving all teams a solid point base to support their runs for State.
“Our builds continue to strengthen with first place wins in Towers and Helicopters, and third in Electric Vehicle. This time, our testing and lab events also pulled up, with twelve of them earning medals, and two just missing medal placement,” McInnes said.
The highest performers of the day were builders, with high school students James Bousquette and Ian Underburger earning the gold in ‘Towers;’ and again Bousquette, paired with Shaun Spivey, winning gold in ‘Helicopters.’ On the Middle School Division B team, seventh graders Jocelynn Asbra and Allayna Rose placed the highest with the second place silver medal in ‘Towers;’ while Reed Diller and Patrick Vennemeyer also earned the silver in ‘Bottle Rockets.’ All three Northmont Division B teams scored medals in Bottle Rockets, with Liam Zechar and Jacob Shaffer winning fourth place, and Englewood team members David Wilson and Owen Zechar taking fifth.
Third place medals at the high school went to Caleb Bergan, teamed in this event with Bousquette, for ‘Electric Vehicle;’ again to Bousquette, paired with She’Vaughn Brown for ‘Optics;’ to Nick Cope and Hailee Seagraves in ‘Disease Detectives;’ and, with a particularly coveted win, to Carmen Best and Kendall Wilson-Long in ‘Forensics.’ At the middle school, third place medals in the competition went to ninth graders Garret Pearce and Zoe Wilson, in both ‘Crime Busters’ and ‘Food Science;’ as well as to eighth graders Trent Kelsey and Tim Lambert in ‘Wind Power.’
Fourth place high school honors were earned by Susie Lee Horton and Ian Underburger in ‘Astronomy;’ again by Horton, teamed with Brianna Gilson in ‘Ecology;’ and again by Gilson, paired with Michael VanLuvender in ‘Rocks and Minderals.’ Divison B fourth place wins were earned on the Englewood Team by Evan Gainey and Connor Zechar in ‘Hovercraft;’ and on the Northmont team by Natalie Canterbury and Liam Zechar in ‘Scrambler.’
High school fifth place winners were Horton and Seagraves in ‘Anatomy and Physiology;’ and again Bousquette, teamed with Darryl Kinsler for ‘Hovercraft.’ Middle School fifth place winners were Lambert and Vennemeyer in ‘Hovercraft;’ Canterbury, paired with Mackenzie Hart, in ‘Mission Possible;’ and the trio of Megan Grove, Andrew Lewis and Robert Macy in ‘Experimental Design.’
The final sixth place medals taken by the high school team went to Gilson along with Jessica Saini in ‘Chem Lab;’ again to Gilson, paired with Underburger in ‘Remote Sensing;’ again to Underburger, teams with Brown in ‘Write it/Do it;’ and finally to Cope and Horton in ‘Microbe Mission.’
The sixth place medals on the Division B level went to Christian Hinegardner and Sydney Gross in ‘Anatomy;’ again to Gross, paired with Lena Edwards, in ‘Crimebusters;’ again to Hinegardner, paired with his brother Shawn Hinegardner, in ‘Scrambler;’ to Mason Flora along with Rosemary Schmalhofer in ‘Food Science;’ to Parker Anderson and Kenneth Vallie in ‘Wind Power;’ and to Englewood students Kali Maloney and Lia Yang in ‘Rocks and Minerals.’
Currently there are 14 students participating in the Northmont High School program; and 41 students, in grades 6 – 9, participating in the Northmont Division B Science Olympiad program. A final 15 member team from each program will head to The Ohio State University on Saturday, April 1 for State Competition.
“I’m extremely proud of all of the teams that represented the Northmont community; and I’m very excited about going to Ohio State to compete,” said Division B Head Coach Jim Witters. “A year’s work of building, studying, and problem solving and successes, all compiled together, resulted in this victory for the Northmont Science Olympiad Teams! By everyone’s hard work and dedication, we get the privilege to go on to The Ohio State University to compete one more time. Go Bolts!”
The Northmont High School Science Olympiad team is partially funded through support of the Northmont Education Foundation and the Northmont Rotary Club. The Northmont Division B Teams receive generous support from several local business donors, including Bob Evans, MainSource Bank, the Northmont Rotary Club, Ratliff Metal Spinning, and Vancon General Contractor. Students interested in any of the STEM programs are encouraged to contact their school office for information regarding how to join the Science Olympiad teams next year.
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