NEW ALBANY — The Northmont Science Olympiad Division B teams are in the middle of a three week run of Invitational events, with teams in competition at the New Albany Invitational last Saturday, February 25; and also in competition at the Ionia Invitational, Michigan, two weeks ago on Saturday, February 18 where the team won the second place trophy for the Middle School.
At New Albany, the top Northmont competitors were freshmen partners Garret Pearce and Zoe Wilson, earning both second place in ‘Crimebusters’ and sixth place in ‘Food Science.’ Pearce also teamed with Natalie Canterbury for a fourth place win in ‘Write It/Do it.’ Additional New Albany winners were Robert Macy and Shawn Hinegardner for fourth place in ‘Towers;’ Cayden Bouas and Evan Gainey for fifth place in ‘Wind Power;’ and Parker Anderson and Kenneth Vallie for sixth place in ‘Hovercraft.’
Tower Heights won the New Albany Invitational with 120 points, while Northmont finished in twelfth place with 390 points. This competition included 47 teams representing 25 different schools from Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Northmont continues to be competitive with other teams within its own district, and is on pace for possible state qualification at Regional Competition in March. Local teams within Northmont’s district include Centerville’s Middle Schools: Magsig, Tower Heights and Watts; West Liberty Salem Middle School; Holy Angels School in Dayton; and Piqua Junior High School.
On Saturday, February 18, the Northmont Division B teams spent the holiday weekend off from school on their overnight trip to Ionia, Michigan for competition. Northmont placed second at this competition, bringing home an astounding nine first place wins, seven second place wins, and five third place wins. Out of Northmont’s three teams’ 69 total competition events, Northmont won the top first through sixth places in 34 events.
Northmont Middle School coach Jim Witters just says, “Wow!”
“These teams went into the competition with high expectations, and we had a fantastic showing! We incurred some sets of difficulties, but we were able to overcome the setbacks, and we left the day strong,” Witters said.
Northmont finishes the regular competition season with a final Invitational at West Liberty Middle School this weekend, in preparation for Regional Competitions in mid-March. The top six teams at the Regional Competition will qualify for State Competition at The Ohio State University on April 1.
The Science Olympiad program tests middle and high school students’ abilities to solve a variety of science problems, including physics, engineering, math, biology and anatomy problems, in complex hands-on and lab events. The Division B Teams are funded through the generous support of several local business donors, including Bob Evans, MainSource Bank, the Northmont Rotary Club, Ratliff Metal Spinning, Vancon General Contractor, and multiple additional donors. Students interested in science are encouraged to attend weekly meetings at Northmont Middle School starting in the fall of the year.