GRANDVILLE, MI — The Northmont Middle School Science Olympiad team, made up of students in the sixth to ninth grades, continues to bring home the hardware, as the top team placed fifth at last Saturday’s Grandville Middle School Invitational, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
At Grandville, the top Northmont team placed fifth out of 28 teams, and scored wins in over 80 percent of the competition events.
“This was a very exciting Invitational! There were many top 8 awards, and we placed in 19 of the 23 events. Awesome job Northmont,” said Northmont Coach Jim Witters.
Northmont continues to be competitive with other teams within the district and is on pace for possible state qualification. A total of six teams from the district will qualify for state. Local teams within Northmont’s district include Centerville’s Magsig, Tower Heights and Watts middle schools, Dayton’s Holy Angels and STEM Schools, and Piqua Junior High School.
At Grandville, Northmont earned gold in three events, including an impressive sweep of first, second and third place for its Bridge Building teams. First place Bridge Builders were Alex Polivka and Ian Underburger, second place silver winners were Tim Lambert and Hailee Seagraves, and third place bronze went to Jack Knudsen and Alex Bennett.
First place gold also went to Christian Hinegardner and Christian Powell in Scrambler, and to Trent Kelsey and Xander Hughes in Wind Power. Northmont also brought in a second place medal in Wind Power with competitors Matthew Carey and Kenneth Vallie. Additional second place silver winners were Madison Gilvin and Garret Pearce in Crimebusters, and Polivka and Vallie in Bottle Rockets.
Fourth place ribbon earners were Alex Bennett and Aidan Wheeler in Bottle Rockets, Brianna Gilson and Liam Zechar in Dynamic Planet, Gilson teaming up with Gracey Hoskins in Fossils, and the chemistry duo of Gilvin and Pearce in Food Science. Sixth place winners were Caleb Ave-Lallemant and Parker Anderson earning the third Northmont win in Wind Power, Jack Knudsen and Natalie Canterbury in Mission Possible, Gilson and Zoe Wilson in Bio Process Lab, Polivka and Underburger in Reach for the Stars, and Hoskins and Underburger in Road Scholar.
After back-to-back competitions to start the season, Northmont will now have a few weeks off to prepare for the next invitational on Saturday, February 20, at New Albany Middle School in Columbus.
The Middle School 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.