CENTERVILLE — The Northmont Middle School Science Olympiad team opened the season with participation in the Magsig Science Olympiad Invitational held at Magsig Middle School in Centerville, on January 23.
The lead Northmont team finished in the top half of the field, with a placement of 18th out of 41 teams participating. Tower Heights of Centerville was the first place team, scoring 101 points, while Northmont finished with 424 points.
The Northmont Middle School team is made up of 43 students in the sixth to ninth grades, who comprise three competition teams, which compete in 23 events throughout the day. Some of these events are new each year. Northmont took home medals or ribbons in five of the 23 events.
An exciting first place win goes to eighth grader Liam Zechar and sixth grader Parker Anderson, who scored best in Scrambler, a wheeled vehicle event. This duo beat out all 40 other competition teams, including the national champion team from 2015.
Bronze third place medals went to eighth grader Alex Polivka and seventh grader Mason Flora in Bottle Rockets; and to ninth grader She’vaughn Brown and eighth grader Madison Gilvin in Write it/Do it.
The Northmont Bridge Building competitors came in strongly, with Polivka and ninth grader Ian Underburger bringing home a fourth place ribbon; and seventh grader Tim Lambert and sixth grader Robert Macy bringing home a seventh place ribbon.
Polivka and Underburger won the final team ribbon for an eight place win in Reach for the Stars, an event that is student-coached by Northmont senior Daniel Carey.
“I am very pleased with these results for such a young team.” said Coach Jim Witters. “There are 20 new students on this team, and this was their first experience at an Invitational. They all bonded together and for a very successful competition.”
Coach Witters reports that the highlights of the day were during the awards ceremony when so many first time students, including young sixth graders, won awards.
The Middle School team will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for competition this coming Saturday.
The Northmont Middle School Science Olympiad team is partially funded through support of the Northmont Education Foundation and the Northmont Rotary Club, along with private local donors. Students interested in science are encouraged to join in the fall, by attending meetings that are held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday evening in the Media Center at the Middle School.