CLAYTON — The Northmont Middle School Science Olympiad team hosted the Northmont Science Olympiad Invitational held at the Middle School on February 27.
The Middle School team finished 10th out of 32 teams participating. Tower Heights of Centerville was the first place team, scoring 75 points, while the Northmont top team finished with 289 points.
“This was a long, but wonderful, and very successful day,” said Coach Jim Witters. “We learned what to do, and what not to do, and we are looking forward to having a successful finish of the competition season.”
Students competed in teams of two in 23 events throughout the day, with some of the events being study events, some being build events, and some being hands-on lab events. Northmont took home medals or ribbons – the top eight – in 8 of the 23 events.
The highest placing team members for the day were second place silver medal winners Brianna Gilson and Michael VanLuvender in “BioProcess Lab,” along with second place winners Connor Zechar and Sydney Gross in “Scrambler.” Third place bronze medals went to Alex Polivka and Aidan Wheeler in “Bottle Rockets,” and to Polivka and Ian Underburger in “Bridge Building.”
The Middle School teams will finish the regular competition season at West Liberty-Salem Middle School this coming Saturday. The teams will continue on to Regional Competition at Piqua Middle School in March, after which the winning teams will head to State Competition in Columbus in April.
The Middle School team includes 45 students, which make up three competition teams. The students are in grades six through freshmen in high school. The team is partially funded through support of the Northmont Education Foundation and the Northmont Rotary Club. Students interested in science are encouraged to attend weekly meetings at the Middle School, starting in the fall of the year.