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State Science Olympiad Results 2018

Ogallala Science Olympiad Earns 14thPlace at State Meet


The Ogallala High School Science Olympiad team competed in Lincoln at the Nebraska Science Olympiad competition on April 21st.  Out of 37 teams, Ogallala earned an overall 14thplace. 


The students medaled (top six) in 2 of the 23 events, and placed in the top ten in 7 of the 23 events including:


3rd        Rocks and Minerals       Ben Knudsen

6th       Anatomy/Physiology      Jack Doherty and Mikah Hoppens

7th        Hovercraft                   Ryan Christensen and Shane Simmerman

8th        Disease Detectives       Miah Hoppens and Blake McLeod

9th        Astronomy                    Mikah Hoppens and Miah Hoppens

9th        Optics                          Cooper Schmer and Ben Knudsen

10th      Material Science          Camile Unrein and Seth Eveland


The students were excited to have done so well as the team had a lot of new members this year, and due to prom, many experienced members were unable to attend. Students were quite proud that they were able to compete against some of the biggest schools in the state as Lincoln and Omaha schools tend to dominate the competition. 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 next year, and sponsor Jennifer Jones is hoping to get more Ogallala students involved as the Ogallala Middle School continues to participate in the program.


Jennifer Jones commented, “It is so important that our students are given the opportunity to compete in extracurricular activities that help reinforce the academic material they see in school.  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 intelligent kids in our community, and this really gives them a chance to shine.  With the middle school developing their program, I hope to get more students involved at the high school level and build our program to a point where we are a contender among the bigger schools in the state.  Hopefully these types of activities encourage students to consider the science, engineering, and technology fields as a possible career.”




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