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Marcellus captures third place and 52 medals at regional Science Olympiad

March 12, 2019 -- The Driver Middle School Science Olympiad team came in third place out of 23 teams and brought home a record 52 individual medals
group of smiling teen students gathered in a classroom
and a team trophy from the 2019 Mid-State Regional Science Olympiad, which was held March 9 at North Syracuse Junior High School.

Congratulations to the 16 students who represented Marcellus:
  • Ninth grade: Gabe Hoag, Grady Germain and Mason Grieb
  • Eighth grade: Lila Kelly, Justin West, Kieran Capozzi, Delaney Glass, Ava Aupperle, Nate Alexander, Will Kirk and Anella Bolster 
  • Seventh grade: Cameron Sadler, Logan McShane, Addy Moses, Park Kammer and Zoe Case
“I am so proud of these kids!” Marcellus science teacher and Olympiad faculty adviser Hannah Naczi said. 

The state competition is in April.

According to the organization’s website, Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.

One of the goals of the Science Olympiad is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs.Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.  

Here's how individual students placed in the regional competition’s categories:
  • Anatomy & Physiology, fourth place: Gabe Hoag, Delaney Glass
  • Battery Buggy, fourth place: Logan McShane
  • Boomilever, eighth place: Ava Aupperle 
  • Circuit Lab, fourth place: Kieran Capozzi, Addy Moses
  • Crime Busters, sixth place: Cameron Sadler, Zoe Case
  • Density, sixth place: Kieran Capozzi, Justin West
  • Disease Detectives, fourth place: Gabe Hoag, Grady Germain
  • Dynamic Planet, third place: Mason Grieb, Grady Germain
  • Experimental Design, fourth place: Ava Aupperle, Logan McShane, Addy Moses
  • Fossils, fourth place: Gabe Hoag, Mason Grieb
  • Game On (coding), sixth place: Lila Kelly, Logan McShane
  • Heredity, third place: Zoe Case, Delaney Glass
  • Herpetology, seventh place: Cameron Sadler, Anella Bolster
  • Meteorology, first place: Grady Germain, Mason Grieb
  • Mystery Architecture, second place: (A team) Anella Bolster, Ava Aupperle; and ninth place (B team) Will Kirk, Nate Alexander
  • Parasitology (trial event), sixth place: Addy Moses (she picked this up for practice 2 days before competition)
  • Potions & Poisons, fourth place: Zoe Case, Delaney Glass
  • Road Scholar, second place: Cameron Sadler, Gabe Hoag
  • Roller Coaster, fourth place: Addy Moses
  • Sci Tech Bowl (trial event), seventh place: Delaney Glass, Anella Bolster, Cameron Sadler
  • Solar System, third place: Mason Grieb, Zoe Case
  • Thermodynamics, seventh place: Justin West, Kieran Capozzi
  • Water Quality, fourth place: Delaney Glass, Logan McShane
  • Write it, Do it, eighth place: Ava Aupperle, Anella Bolster

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