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OHS Science Olympiad Update

Ogallala Science Olympiad Earns 4thPlace at Goodland Meet


The Ogallala High School Science Olympiad team competed in Goodland, Kansas at the Maverick Shootout Invitational Science Olympiad competition on January 21, 2019.  Out of 9 teams, the Ogallala Orange team earned 4thplace overall. Additionally, the Ogallala students received numerous individual medals.  This is the second year for this invite that was held at Goodland Technical College. Other teams that participated included Cheyenne Mountain High School (1stand 3rd), Colorado Science Home School (2nd), Goodland, KS, Hays, KS, and Palco, KS. The following students medaled (top three):


Circuit Lab                             Cooper Schmer and Reese Larington                     3rd 

Designer Genes                     Miah Hoppens and Blake McLeod                           1st

Experimental Design                       Braeden Schmer, Seth Eveland, Reagan Emerson            2nd

Mousetrap Vehicle                Emma Jones and Brooklyne Schmer                       2nd 

Sounds of Music                    Miah Hoppens and Braeden Schmer                      3rd

Wright Stuff                           Reagan Emerson and Austin Lutz                           3rd

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 19th. Sponsor Jennifer Jones is hoping to get even more Ogallala students involved as the season progresses. 


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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