Monday, February 22, 2016

We Did It Again!

Two years in a row, St. Paul's Science Olympiad team took first place honors in Regional competition. WooHoo! I am one happy sponsor.

It is so hard to tell from year to year what type of successes we will have. Our students work very hard and are serious about their performance. Our students and parents are elated.

For those of who do not know:

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad's most popular events.
The culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university each year. This rotating system gives students the opportunity to visit new parts of the country and tour colleges they might consider for their undergraduate studies, and provides a memorable experience that lasts a lifetime.  

Here's a breakdown of how we did this year:
Our team placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in 17 of 23 events.

·       Air Trajectory (coach: Mr. Hermo): 1st place {Stone & Vincent}
·       Anatomy & Physiology (coaches Hannah Albritton & Doug Bostick) : 3rd place {James & Grant}
·       Bottle Rocket (Mr. Hermo): 3rd place {James & Armand}
·       Crave the Wave (Mr. Carrier): 1st place {Brian & Antonio}
·       Crime Busters (Dr. Lillis): 1st place {Andrew & Crane}
·       Disease Detectives (Rusty Gutierrez): 2nd place {Stone & Janey}
·       Dynamic Planet (Mrs. Schwank): 1st place {James & Antonio}
·       Elastic Launch Glider (Rusty Gutierrez): 2nd place {Josh & Kaylee}
·       Food Science (Gillian Eggleston): 1st place {Janey & Rachel}
·       Fossils (Mr. Thompson): 1st place {Brian & Ben}
·       Invasive Species (Mrs. Farnsworth): 2nd place {Crane & Brian}
·       Mission Possible (Mrs. Malone): 3rd place {Crane & Erica}
·       Picture This (Gwen Bostick): 1st place {Janey & Erica}
·       Reach for the Stars (Mr. Parks): 2nd place {Brian & Vincent}
·       Road Scholar (Mr. Chopin): 2nd place {Grant & Andrew}
·       Scrambler (Mr. Hermo): 2nd place {Armand & Antonio}
·       Wind Power (Gerald Myers): 1st place {Ben & Armand}

Our team now will prepare for State Competition on Saturday, April 9 at Southeastern University in Hammond. Stay tuned.

And thanks to the many of you who gave us well wishes.

1st place, y'all!


  1. Congrats to your students and fellow faculty Ron!! Awesome achievements!!

  2. Congratulations, Ron!! How exciting...and impressive! They are lucky to have such an incredible teacher! Good luck at the state competition.

  3. Excellent! You are sending these kids off with all kinds of optimism and confidence!! Congratulations to you and your class!!

  4. Good morning, Ron! Congratulations to your students, you, and the rest of the coaches! I can't help thinking about JoAnn Gros--she had the same passion as you for science and was the Science Olympiad moderator for many years when she was at EDW. Will be pulling for you and your students at the state competition! Have a great day! xoxo

  5. Congratulations! That is such a great achievement. I hope that you continue to do well in the next competition too.


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