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 12.
Northmont High School finished third at Regionals with 126 points, while Centerville High School won the High School Regional with a very high score of 40 points. Northmont Middle School placed fifth at the competition, finishing with 174 points, only 10 points away from the fourth place team, Centerville’s Hadley Watts Middle School. Centerville’s Tower Heights Middle School won the competition with a final score of 66 points.
“I think Northmont shocked the other schools at Regionals,” said High School Coach MaryAnn McInnes. “All season long, we have spread our students over two teams, which allowed them to participate in multiple events, but left each team ranking lower than usual. With all the students on one team, they placed in 14 of the 23 events. We were close to ranking in several other events, and grabbed the 3rd place Regional trophy!”
At the Regional Competition, students earned medals for sixth place and higher. Third and fourth place seemed to be the favorite place marker for both the high school and middle school teams, giving them each a solid point base to support their runs for State. McInnes reports “The week of Regionals, three students, Bekah Peter, Jessica Saini, and Beekengsa Ngu, prepared for “Protein Modeling,” an event that we had not entered in all season. They were further challenged when the computer program used in the event was different than the one they had practiced. However, these girls still pulled off a 9th place finish. Coach Brian Hartt and myself are very proud of the entire team!”
Three outstanding performances at Regionals were the on Middle School team, in both ‘Crime Busters’ and in ‘Scrambler.’ The eighth grade ‘Chemistry Kids’ Madison Gilvin and Garret Pearce earned the first highest score of the day, winning the gold medal in ‘Crime Busters.’ Next, the Middle School teams earned the top two wins in ‘Scrambler,’ with Christian Hinegardner and Liam Zechar taking the first place gold medal; while Trent Kelsey and Connor Zechar won the silver.
Additional second place winners in the high school competition were James Bousquette and Kylie Baichly in ‘Bridge Building;’ Hannah Deitering and Beekengsa Ngu in ‘It’s about Time;’ and Bousquette and Patrick Peter in ‘Wright Stuff.’
Third place medals at the high school went to Bousquette and to Mason Hoover in ‘Wind Power;’ to Deitering and to Emily Kuehl in ‘Astronomy;’ again to Deitering, this time paired with Emily Hamant in ‘Write it/Do it;’ again to Kuehl, paired with Emily Hamant, in ‘Geomapping;’ and to sisters Alison and Emily Hamant in ‘Invasive Species.’ At the middle school, third place winners were Alex Polivka and Kenneth Vallie in ‘Bottle Rockets;’ and Polivka and Ian Underburger in ‘Bridge Building.’
Fourth place high school honors were earned by Nick Cope and Olivia Oren in ‘Disease Detectives;’ by Oren and Emily Hamant in ‘Chem Lab;’ and by sisters Alison and Emily Hamant in both ‘Dynamic Planet’ and ‘Green Generation.’ Middle School fourth place winners were Mason Flora and Ian Underburger in ‘Road Scholar;’ and Underburger, paired with Natalie Canterbury, in ‘Reach for the Stars.’
The final medals taken by both the high school and middle school teams were fifth place medals. At the high school, fifth place went to Kyle Davis, Alison Hamant and Kylie Baichly in ‘Experimental Design;’ and to Bousquette and Kuehl in ‘Electric Vehicle.’ At the middle school, fifth place went to the Chemistry Kids, Gilvin and Pearce, in ‘Food Science;’ to Brianna Gilson and Christian Hinegardner in ‘Green Generation;’ and to Polivka and Parker Anderson in ‘Wind Power.’
Currently there are 14 students participating in the high school program, and 43 students, in grades 9 – 6, participating in the middle school program. A final fifteen member team from each school will head to The Ohio State University on Saturday, April 9, for State Competition.
“A year’s work of building, studying, and problem solving and successes, all compiled together, resulted in a 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!” said Middle School Head Coach Jim Witters.
The Northmont Science Olympiad teams are partially funded through support of the Northmont Education Foundation, the Northmont Rotary Club, and the Northmont Optimist Club. 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.