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Ogallala Science Olympiad Earns 1st Place at Hastings Meet

The Ogallala High School Science Olympiad team competed in Hastings at the Patriot Invitational Science Olympiad competition on February 19, 2016.  Out of 9 teams, the Ogallala team earned 1st place. Additionally, the Ogallala students received numerous individual medals.  This is the first year for this invite that was held at Adams Central High School in Hastings. Other teams that participated included Harvard, Hastings, Adams Central, Skutt Catholic, and Giltner. The students medaled (top three) in all 19 events: 

Air Trajectory Halle Tophoj 2nd 

Anatomy Chase Coggins and Alex Lind 2nd 

Astronomy Alex Lind and Mikah Hoppens 3rd

Bridge Building Maylee Garcia and Colter Robinette 1st 

Cell Biology Steph Skinner and Tim Eveland 3rd

Disease Detectives Tim Eveland and Alex Lind 2nd 

Dynamic Planet Chase Coggins and Maylee Garcia 2nd

Experimental Design  Maylee Garcia, Steph Skinner, Halle Tophoj 2nd

Forensics Mariah Morrow and Alexandria Simmerman 1st 

Game On Zacchaeus Burnside 3rd

Green Generation Raelyn DeVries and Lupe Perez 2nd

Invasive Species Zacchaeus Burnside and Samuel Tschetter 1st 

It’s About Time Colter Robinette and Halle Tophoj 3rd

Protein Modeling Tim Eveland and Steph Skinner 1st 

Wind Power Ryan Christensen and Shane Simmerman 1st

Wright Stuff Ryan Christensen and Shane Simmerman 2nd 

Write It Do It Chase Coggins and Samuel Tschetter 3rd

The students were excited to have done so well as it was the first competition of the year. Students were also quite proud that they were able to compete against some of the larger schools in the state. There were a lot of new events this year, so students were a little unsure of what to expect, but they were still able to do quite well.  Many of the students are already looking forward to the next competition that will be held in Ogallala on March 17th. Sponsor Jennifer Jones is hoping to get even more Ogallala students involved as the season progresses and the Middle School is also participating in the next events. Jennifer Jones commented, “Science Olympiad gives kids a chance to use their knowledge to compete, and to apply many of the concepts they have learned in their classes.  We have some very smart and creative kids in our community, and this really gives them a chance to shine. Our kids did awesome at this first competition and everyone is excited to see how we do at the next ones. Hopefully these types of activities encourage students to consider the science, engineering, and technology fields as a possible career.” Mariah Morrow said, “This was the best science experience I’ve had so far.” Jordan McCormick said, “It was an eye opening experience and it is fun to be a part of science."



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