The Fredericktown Science Olympiad team won 1st place in the regional tournament for the third year in a row. The team members competed in 15 separate events and placed 1st place, 2nd, or 3rd in each event. The challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, problem solving skills and science applications. The team’s success at the regional tournament demonstrates not only the individual efforts of the students, but also the ability of the students to work together as a team. Science Olympiad is a national organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, creating a passion for learning science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science.
Students placing 1st in their events were:
Matt Stevens and Amy Bopp in Qualitative Analysis/Chemistry Analysis
Amanda Tawfall and Gabe Mier in Polymer Detective/Polymer Analysis
Matt Stevens and James Bearden in Chemistry Lab
Amy Bopp and Matt Stevens in Disease Detective/Epidemiology
Paul Guinn and Florian Spenner in feathered Frenzy/Bird Identification
Gabe Mier and Patrick Tilk in Robot Ramble/Robot Building
Amanda Tawfall and Josh Johnson in Wright Stuff/Airplane Building
Students placing 2nd in their events were:
Josh Johnson and Kayla Goldsmith in Bottle Rocket/Bottle Rocket Building
Patrick Tilk and Gabe Mier in Boomilever/Build Boomilever
Adam Robbins, James Bearden, and Matt Stevens in Experimental Design
Florian Spenner and Adam Robbins in Reach for the Stars/Astronomy
Amanda Tawfall and Paul Guinn in Designer Genes/Geneitcs
Students placing 3rd in their events were:
Joey Hyatt and Florian Spenner in Cell Biology
Kayla Goldsmith and Joey Hyatt in Dynamic Planet/Rivers and Lakes
James Bearden and Adam Robbins in Write It Do It
The team will compete in the State Science Olympiad tournament on April 5, 2003, in Columbia, MO. Coaches for the FHS Science Olympiad Team are Marsha Howser and Bruce Asher.
Pictured above are the 2002-2003 FHS Science Olympiad Team: Back row (L to R): Kayla Goldsmith, Paul Guinn, Florian Spenner, Gabe Mier, Josh Johnson, Joey Hyatt, and Patrick Tilk. Front row, all of the Science Olympiad Seniors’ (L to R): Amy Bopp, James Bearden, Matt Stevens, Adam Robbins, and Amanda Tawfall.