The team competed in twenty-three different events that cover the areas of physics, earth science, biology, engineering, technology, chemistry and scientific inquiry. The competition involved a wide range of activities from identifying rock samples, designing a roller, and building a battery-powered vehicle.
Scholars Academy has a B team for grades 6 through 9, and C team for grades 9 through 12. Both teams are coached by Scholars Academy teacher Christie Ariail. This year’s team members are Abby Jones, Karley Jenkins, Evan Lovvorn, Ella Millere, Thomas Wilson, Nicholas Hall, Sam Carter, Garrett Ledford, Brian Sumler, John Isaac Fromkin, Morgan Hiers, Logan Carraway, Will Cone, and McKenna Connery.
Medals are awarded for 1st through 4th places. 1st place medals were awarded to Ella Millere and Thomas Wilson for Microbe Mission, and Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Crime Busters. 2nd place medals were awarded to Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Write It Do It, and McKenna Connery, Nicholas Hall, and Will Cone for Experimental Design. 3rd place medals were awarded to Sam Carter and Garrett Ledford for Battery Buggy and Towers, and Ella Millere and Thomas Wilson for Disease Detectives. 4th place medals were awarded to Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Potions and Poisons, Ella Millere and Thomas Wilson for Fast Facts, Brian Sumler and John Isaac Fromkin for Mystery Architecture and Hovercraft, Evan Lovvorn and Will Cone for Dynamic Planet, and Morgan Hiers and Logan Carraway for Road Scholar.
Ribbons are awarded for 5th through 10th places. 5th place ribbons were awarded to McKenna Connery and Nicholas Hall for Wright Stuff and Herpetology. 6th place ribbons were awarded to Morgan Hiers and Logan Carraway for Roller Coaster and Solar System, Ella Millere and Evan Lovvorn for Anatomy & Physiology, and Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Meteorology. 7th place ribbons were awarded to Evan Lovvorn and Will Cone for Ecology, Garrett Ledford and Sam Carter for Rocks & Minerals, and McKenna Connery and Nicholas Hall for Thermodynamics. 8th place ribbons were awarded to Brian Sumler and John Isaac Fromkin for Optics.
Ariail explained that Science Olympiad gives the students an opportunity to become experts in a topic, and then compete against their peers from around the state. Ariail is thrilled with her team’s success.
“This was the first time most of the students on this team had participated in Science Olympiad, so I am excited at how well they did. I am proud that each student won at least medal in an event that they did; their hard work has definitely paid off.” she said. "I can’t wait to see what they achieve next year after this year’s experience!”