Science Olympiad takes fifth overall at state

Mikaela McCabe, JAG reporter

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The Science Olympiad placed fifth overall against 29 other teams in the state tournament at Wichita State University on Saturday, April 6. In the separate “large schools” competition, they placed fourth.

Individual medal winners in the “large schools” competition include:

Anatomy and Physiology:  seniors Cole Clay and CJ Hopkins, first place

Robot Arm: senior Aaron Akin and junior Tyler Hinnen, first place

Chemistry Lab: Clay and Hopkins, first place

Designer Genes: Hopkins and junior Alyssa Hobson, third place

Forensics: seniors Amanda Platt and Ashley Hague, third place

Fermi Questions: seniors Chris Gillespie and Daniel Franken, third place

Clay was especially proud of his team, which made the competition enjoyable.

“My favorite part was walking out of the testing room knowing we had done really well and then getting it confirmed later at the awards ceremony,” Clay said. “We worked well together.”

Though it was Clay’s last season, he said the competition was a positive end to his senior year.

“The best way to put it is vindication of all the hard work we put in,” Clay said. “[I loved] seeing we were one of the best in Kansas.”


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