Fayette’s Science Olympiad team doesn’t care how it got there, they’re just excited to be going.
After the regional competition last month in Lima, one of the state qualifying team announced that it couldn’t attend the state event April 18. That boosted Fayette into the group that will travel to Columbus this weekend.
“Needless to say, the team is very excited about this,” said science teacher and coach Kristina Newman. “They have studied hard and have built some amazing devices for the competition.”
Fayette’s team competes in Division B for seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.
At Lima, the team earned its first bronze medal—a third place finish in the Scrambler event.
The Bio-Process team placed fifth, and sixth-place finishes were earned in Compute This, Disease Detective and Ecology.
Twenty-two teams competed in 23 events at the regional contest. More than 260 teams are expected in Columbus to battle in four age divisions.
Fayette team members are Patrick Mellot, Tiffany Bates, Noelle Goodson, Travis McClain, Ben Kessler, Logan Franks, Kellen Keiser, Alec Hylander, Amanda Gilmore, Ryder Sommers, Skylar Sommers, Jon Boesger and Jesse Torres.
Science Olympiad is a national competition devoted to improving the quality of science education and increasing student interest in science. Team competitions require group planning and cooperation.