WEST LIBERTY — Final preparations are being made as the Northmont Middle School Science Olympiad Division B teams head to the Regional Tournament this weekend in Piqua.
The Division B teams have a better understanding of where they rank in the region, after competing in the final Invitational of the season on last Saturday March 4, at West Liberty Salem.
All three Northmont Division B teams competed in the 32 team event, and the top team scored 357 points, finishing fourteenth in the field. Solon Middle School, outside of Cleveland, was the top ranking Middle School, scoring 112 points for the first place finish. Schools in Northmont’s region were Centerville’s Tower Heights Middle School, Magsig Middle School, and Watt’s Middle School, which each placed fourth, sixth, and eighth, respectively. West Liberty-Salem placed ahead of Northmont by 49 points, and Holy Angels of Dayton placed behind by 18 points. These schools will be the primary Northmont challengers at the Regional Competition.
At West Liberty-Salem, the top team winners were freshman Liam Zechar, paired with seventh grader Allayna Rose, who took fourth place in “Scrambler.” Fifth place winners were Reed Diller and Patrick Vennemeyer in “Bottle Rockets.” Freshmen Garret Pearce and Zoe Wilson took home sixth place ribbons for “Food Science;” as did Rose, who teamed with Jocelyn Asbra for “Towers.” Seventh place finishes went to Ben Loudenslager and Robert Macy in “Ecology;” and to Cayden Bouas and Trent Kelsey in “Wind Power.” The final win was an eighth place ribbon for Pearce partnered with Natalie Canterbury in “Write it/Do it.”
“West Liberty-Salem was our last practice to get ready for Regionals this coming Saturday,” said Northmont Science Olympiad Coach Jim Witters. “I have faith that all the students have learned from all of these Invitationals, and that they are ready to put their best foot forward to qualify to go on to State Competition in April.”
The Northmont Science Olympiad 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.