Science Olympiad competitions consist of twenty-three different events that cover the areas of physics, earth science, biology, engineering, technology, chemistry and scientific inquiry. The competition involves a wide range of activities from identifying rock samples, to designing a computer game, to planning and running an experiment on the spot.
Christie Ariail has been coaching the middle and high school teams for the past six years at Scholars Academy. This year’s high school team was a mix of freshman and sophomore students, most of who had been competing for several years on the middle school team. Freshman team members are Winston Cornish, Emma Humphries, Cayden Hunt, Molly Novak, and Braxton Sizemore. Sophomore team members are Emily Dixon, LaTatyana Hadley, Keisha Patel, Olivia Sawyer, Claudia White, and Mason Wilson. The faculty members that ran the competition at MGSU were impressed with the abilities, performance, and success of the team since most of the other teams were made mostly up juniors and seniors.
“The students were thrilled with their success this year. They know that in the next few years, they will be a force to be reckoned with at this region competition!” said Ariail.
Ariail also said that the team knows that all of the work they put into competing at the middle school level the past 4 or 5 years really contributed to their success at the high school level.
Medals were awarded for 1st through 4th places: Keisha Patel and Olivia Sawyer won 1st place in Forensics, Emily Dixon and Molly Novak won 3rd place in Astronomy, and Claudia White and Mason Wilson won 4th place in Remote Sensing.
Ribbons are awarded for 5th through 10th places. Molly Novak and Claudia White won 5th place in Ecology. Braxton Sizemore and Winston Cornish won 7th place in Rocks and Minerals. Emily Dixon and Keisha Patel won 7th place in Write It / Do It. Olivia Sawyer and Mason Wilson won 8th place in Chemistry Lab. LaTatyana Hadley and Claudia White won 8th place in Materials Science. Molly Novak and Mason Wilson won 9th place in Disease Detectives. Emma Humphries and Braxton Sizemore won 9th place in Invasive Species. Emma Humphries and Cayden Hunt won 9th place in Optics. Emma Humphries and Cayden Hunt won 9th place in Wind Power. LaTatyana Hadley, Molly Novak, and Braxton Sizemore won 10th place in Experimental Design. And, LaTatyana Hadley and Claudia White won 10th place in Hydrogeology.
“We entered 18 events this year, and we placed in 14 of them. I cannot wait to see what this team does next year!” Ariail said. For more information about Thomasville Science Olympiad, visit her school webpage at cariail841.weebly.com.