Science Olympiad wins big in Tifton, advances to State

By Elizabeth Wilkes
Editor-in-Chief

After a 4 hour-long bus ride to the Science Olympiad regional competition held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA, North Springs’ two teams brought home trophies for third and fifth place overall on the weekend of March 1.

The FOMAS-sponsored trip allowed 26 students to compete and ultimately win 19 medals in 15 of 23 events.

Events at Science Olympiad are topical: some require that partners answer multiple-choice and free response questions; others require that competitors build structures and simple machines prior, such as Boomilever and Scrambler.

See all the winners below:

Place

Event

Competitors

1st Place

Circuit Lab

Brandon Jackson

Daniel Muehring

Compound Machines

Sarah Katz

Daniel Muehring

Geologic Mapping

Elizabeth Wilkes

Keith Clarke

Materials Science

Matthew Hannon

Ross McClane

2nd Place

Anatomy & Physiology

Madhu Baskaran

Steven Burgess

Astronomy

Lilly Webster

Andrew Feld

Circuit Lab

Gautam Ravichandran

Ross McClane

Disease Detectives

Veronica Sondervan

Matthew Hannon

Entomology

Lilly Webster

Andrew Feld

Geologic Mapping

Daniel Muehring

Brandon Jackson

MagLev

Sanjay John

Water Quality

Elizabeth Wilkes

Kaleem Morrow

3rd Place

Designer Genes

Griffin Melnick

Calaija Phillips

Rocks & Minerals

Lilly Webster

Kevin Santillian

Scrambler

Kevin Santillian

Emil Muly

4th Place

Boomilever

Daniel Brehm

Emil Muly

Compound Machines

Madhu Baskaran

Gautam Ravichandran

Entomology

Brandon Jackson

Calaija Phillips

Mission Possible

Emil Muly

Teams that placed first through fourth all received medals for their success; numerous ribbons were awarded as well for those who achieved fifth through tenth place.

The team’s sponsor, AP Biology teacher Kristin Jackson, has only two words to say: “GO LASERSHARKS!”

The lasershark has become the unofficial mascot for North Spring’s competing science teams after its use in another science competition resulted in unusual but welcome success. See photos below as evidence for the proud donning of lasershark-hats among team members.

Olympiad competitors are currently hard at work preparing for the upcoming state competition to be held at Southern Poly March 22.

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit that sponsors tournaments with the mission of encouraging student engagement and future careers in science.

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