Science Olympiad team places

Kutz­town Mid­dle School fin­ishes in 10th place at State Fi­nal Com­pe­ti­tion; in­di­vid­u­als win medals

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

The Kutz­town Mid­dle School Science Olympiad team placed 10th in the state at the Science Olympiad State Fi­nal Com­pe­ti­tion held at Ju­ni­ata Col­lege on April 29.

“Kutz­town Mid­dle School placed 10th in the state out of 36 of the top schools in Penn­syl­va­nia,” said KMS team ad­vi­sor Bernie Boyle. In­di­vid­u­als also won medals. Isa­iah Ny­gard and Abi Miller won 1st place in the Wright Stuff.

Isa­iah Ny­gard and Sarah Love

won 1st place in Mis­sion Pos­si­ble.

Isa­iah Ny­gard and Kelly Leiby won 5th place in Hover­craft.

Isa­iah Ny­gard and Tren­ton Delp won 4th place in Scram­bler.

Ma­rina Sch­nell and Lau­ren Cly­mer won 2nd place in Road Scholar.

Sarah Love and Abi Miller won 5th place in Tower.

“The state fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion in­volves hun­dreds of the bright­est science stu­dents from across Penn­syl­va­nia gath­ered on the Cam­pus of Ju­ni­ata Col­lege in Hunt­ing­don,” said Boyle. “All of the stu­dents in­volved in the state-wide com­pe­ti­tion had to win their re­gional com­pe­ti­tion to even qual­ify for this event. The State Science Olympiad fea­tures the very BEST stu­dents in the state. To place in the top 10 as a TEAM is truly an ac­com­plish­ment and the stu­dents in­volved should be rec­og­nized for all their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.”

Kutz­town teacher Aaron Ash­man ex­plained that in or­der to place well in Science Olympiad, the team must score well in each of the 23 events.

“So, beyond pairs of stu­dents earn­ing medals in six events, earn­ing 10th in the state as a team shows a true, well-rounded team ef­fort,” said Ash­man. “The 15 stu­dents that made up the team put in re­mark­able ef­fort. Some have been work­ing all year long on mas­ter­ing their top­ics. Some joined the team later, af­ter a fall ac­tiv­ity ended. Stu­dents fre­quently worked at home on their own, af­ter school on week­days, and Satur­days. Their ef­forts showed.”

Ash­man said Boyle does a fan­tas­tic job of mo­ti­vat­ing stu­dents with­out be­ing over­bear­ing.

“He in­spires stu­dents to work all year on their projects, to stay af­ter school, and to at­tend Satur­day ses­sions with­out turn­ing Science Olympiad into a chore that stu­dents feel is more work than fun. It is a dif­fi­cult bal­ance that he man­ages to achieve,” said Ash­man.

Ash­man said stu­dents ob­vi­ously learn a great deal of sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to their topic, “which in and of it­self is worth­while.”

“Beyond that, though, stu­dents learn time man­age­ment, team­work, and re­spon­si­bil­ity. They get to ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing team­mates count­ing on them to pre­pare and per­form. They get to com­pete against the best and bright­est from other schools and see that they can match up and com­pete,” said Ash­man.

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The Kutz­town Mid­dle School Science Olympiad team placed 10th in the state.

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The Kutz­town Mid­dle School Science Olympiad team com­pet­ing at the Science Olympiad State Fi­nal Com­pe­ti­tion held at Ju­ni­ata Col­lege on April 29.

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