Third grade team wins at Science Olympiad 4.1.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci came through with the champion third grade Science Olympiad team again this year, topping 10 other competitors from Hillsdale and Lescience_oly._team.jpgnawee counties.

The 2009 Tri-County Science Olympiad was scheduled Thursday in Adrian.

The third grade team tied a Pittsford squad in total points, but claimed three first-place finishes among the six events to take the overall top spot.

Mystery Boxes: 1st place, Anna Gautz and Evany Schmidt. Students reach inside a box to estimate the size, weight and texture of several objects.

Crossword Science: 7th, Bailee Dominique and Kyla Molitierno. Students complete a crossword puzzle based on science words.

Which Way is North? 1st, Charlene Glisson and Chase VanBrandt. Students look at a map and answer questions on a worksheet.

Can Racer: 3rd, Luke Grieder and Caleb Glecker. Students design a simple vehicle using a can, a dowel, washers and rubber bands.

Animal, Vegetable or Mineral: 8th, Layne Spradlin and Marlee Blaker. Students classify 15 objects and write a short statement about each.

Aerodynamics: 1st, Garrett Benjamin and Kaitlyn Clegg. Students fold and fly paper airplanes, aiming for a target.

What does Morenci’s winning team think about science? The answer brought a mixed response. Some think science class is great; others seem to tolerate it.

Morenci’s third grade team is coached by Normal Marks and Lori Garrow.

FIFTH GRADE—Morenci’s fifth grade team, coached by Natalie Zuvers, placed third overall. Two teams earned first-place finishes.

Crossword Science: 5th place, Wes Pierce and Clayton Borton;

Zowie Metrics: 4th, Wes Pierce and Clayton Borton;

Write It/Do It: 5th, Aubreigh Stowell and Andrea Mikuski;

Mystery Liquids: 1st, Sydney Weeks and Courtney Moore;

Propeller Propulsion: 3rd, Cody Tule and Andrea Mikuski;

Paper Rockets: 1st, Sierra Bloomer and Jared Morris.

FOURTH GRADE—Morenci’s fourth grade team was coached by Ruth Marlatt and Heidi Drake. The team placed fifth among 10 competitors.

 Catapult: 4th place, Garrett Smith and Edward Hollstein;

 Pasta Bridge: 5th, Edward Hollstein and Kendal Kuhn;

 Biomass: 6th, Madison Bachman and Tyler Van Brandt;

 Magnets: 2nd, David Cortes and Emma Vasher;

 Mystery Powders: 6th, Darian Double and Mikayla Price;

 Elements, Compounds and Mixtures:  3rd, Cheyenne Stone and Kiegan Merillat.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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