Science Olympiad is an annual competition held at various colleges around the nation depending on which region or state is competing, and how many schools are attending.
For students at Jenkins Middle School, this means an opportunity to compete at a college or high school level of science against over 200 of the top science students in Northeastern Washington (14 other teams) in over 20 science events.
On Saturday, March 10, the Science Olympiad teams from JMS traveled to Spokane Falls Community College with coaches Ryan Forsberg and Ann Gilreath. Twenty-eight of the top Raider Scientists were split up into two teams, a Red Team consisting of eighth graders, and a Black Team made up of mostly seventh graders and a few eighth grade volunteers.
In the end, the Red Team took 4th place overall, and the Black Team took 6th place. This year, the Northeastern region took the top five teams to the state competition at Eastern Washington University, whereas in the past the top six would move on to the state tournament.
Congratulations to the Red Team for earning a trip to state for the third consecutive year, and thank you to the coaches, judges, chaperones, bus drivers, and parents who put forth so much time and effort to help make this happen. Good luck Raiders.
Both teams performed very well. Here are the individual medalists:
Carly Oman and Sammi Trudeau, 2nd place – Anatomy
Josh Adlesperger and Sammi Trudeau, 2nd place – Disease Detectives
Austin Minaker and Jonah Krausz, 3rd place – Forestry
Quenton Smith and Sammi Trudeau, 3rd place – Microbe Mission
George Dreiszus and Carly Oman, 4th place – Experimental Design
Lindsay Merl and Sammi Trudeau, 4th place – Food Science
George Dreszus and Brennah Fulbright, 4th place – Road Scholar
Austin Minaker and Elijah Williamson, 4th place – Water Quality
Hannah Fischer and Berta Savage, 1st place – Write-It, Do-It
Merideth Kirry and Berta Savage, 2nd place – Crime Busters
Kayti Hilzinger and Berta Savage, 3rd place – Dynamic Planet
Maggie Cobb and Hannah Fischer, 4th place – Storm the Castle
In the photo: Both JMS teams performed well at the Science Olympiad competition.