Science Olympiad team places second 3.31.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s third grade Science Olympiad team placed second in the county competition March 23.

Three Morenci teams earned first place awards and the third graders also received the new Sportsmanship Award.

“We told the kids that was great all by itself,” said teacher Norma Marks who served as coach with Heidi Drake.

First place medals went to the Puff Mobile team (Daelyn Merillat, Mackenzie Spradlin and Bradey Osborn); the Pentathlon team (Mackenzie Spradlin, Maranda Harris, Timothy Schisler,  Hannah Borton and Dillion Gibbs); and the Wildlife Safari team (Abbie White and Morgan Gillen).

Third place finishers were the Straw Towers team (Bradey Osborn and Dillion Gibbs) and Estimania (Maranda Harris and Hannah Borton). 

Fourth place finishes were earned by the Map Reading team (Morgan Gillen and Jayden Smith) and Mystery Architecture (Faith Day and Daelyn Merillat), and fifth place went to Write It, Build It (Jayden Smith, Marissa Sizemore, Faith Day and Abbie White).

Morenci’s fourth grade team, coached by teachers Natalie Zuvers and Tatum Penrod, placed sixth among eight teams.

Pentathlon and Map Reading placed third, Food Web–Owl Pellets placed fourth, Estimania and Mystery Architecture placed fifth, Puff Mobiles and Straw Towers placed sixth and Write It, Build It placed seventh.

Team members were Seth Dunbar, Kaitlyn Clegg, Anna Gautz, Layne Spradlin, Garrett Benjamin, Kyla Molitierno, Morgan Merillat, Gabe Weeks, Chase VanBrandt, Evany Schmidt, Charlene Glisson and Caleb Gleckler.

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