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OHS Participates in Science Olympiad

Ogallala Science Olympiad Earns 3rd and 4th Place at Goodland Meet


The Ogallala High School Science Olympiad team competed in Goodland, Kansas at the Maverick Shootout Invitational Science Olympiad competition on January 15, 2018.  Out of 6 teams, the Ogallala Orange team earned 3rd place, while the Ogallala Black team earned 4th. Additionally, the Ogallala students received numerous individual medals.  This is the first year for this invite that was held at Goodland Technical College. Other teams that participated included Colorado Science Home School (1st), Goodland, KS (2nd), Hays, KS, and Palco, KS. The following students medaled (top three):


Anatomy                                Jack Doherty and Jordan Orr                                   2nd

                                                 Mikah Hoppens and Jordyn Kenkel                        3rd  

Astronomy                            Mikah Hoppens and Hunter Reil                             2nd

                                                 Miah Hoppens and Emma Coffman                         3rd

Chemistry Lab                      Jack Doherty and Justus Holthusen                        1st

                                                  Sarah McAuliffe and Mikah Hoppens                     3rd

Dynamic Planet                    Ben Knudsen and Zac Burnside                              1st

                                                   Ryanna DeVries and Evan Orth                              3rd

Ecology                                    Jack Lindgren and Jordyn Kenkel                           2nd

Experimental Design           Samantha Byrd, Katelyn Keeten, and Miah Hoppens       2nd

Forensics                                 Samantha Byrd and Katelyn Keeten                      2nd

Game On                                  Zacchaeus Burnside and Cooper Schmer               3rd

Hovercraft                               Ryan Christensen and Adam Wach                         1st

Material Science                    Camile Unrein and Adam Wach                              2nd

Microbe Mission                    Jack Lindgren and Carter Franklin                         2nd

Mousetrap Vehicle                Ryan Christensen and Trevor Edwards                 3rd

Remote Sensing                     Miah Hoppens and Nolan Nielsen                           1st

                                                    Seth Eveland and Ben Knudsen                             3rd

Rocks and Minerals              Ben Knudsen and Zac Burnside                              2nd

Write It Do It                          Ryanna DeVries and Emma Coffman                     2nd


The students were excited to have done so well as it was the first competition of the year, while the other teams are towards the end of their season. 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.  Also, most of the students that attended had never competed before, so the experience was a great introduction to the competition.  Many of the students are already looking forward to the next competition that will be held in Kearney on March 20th. Sponsor Jennifer Jones is hoping to get even more Ogallala students involved as the season progresses and the Middle School may also be 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.”


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