340 Local Students Compete for State
IRVING, Texas- On March 24th, students from across the Dallas/ Forth Worth area gathered at North Lake College for Science Olympiad’s regional competition. One of ten regional matches, the event brought in 340 students in grades 6-12.
Hoping for a spot at the upcoming state tournament, 20 schools competed in over 20 categories, including Anatomy, Forestry, Experimental Design and Water Quality. Events such as “Chem Clue” and “Protein Picture Modeling” provided a science twist to the familiar games of Catch Phrase and Pictionary while matches like the “Naked Egg Drop” were events not likely to be practiced at home.
“We want to make a difference in the sciences,” said North Lake’s Regional Director Patricia Thompson. “We want it to be exciting and engaging for the students.”
Many students began attending practice invitationals last fall. On Saturday their training finally paid off as well-prepared participants lent a sense of ease and speed to even the most difficult questions. North Lake student volunteers, 229 of them to be precise, kept the events running smoothly. After a seven-hour day, medallions and trophies were awarded to the top teams.“They put in just as much work as the athletes, the actors, the choir members…and we want them to be recognized,” noted Thompson.
Among the high school (C) division, this year’s winning teams include William P. Clements’ Alpha Team, 1st place, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, 2nd place, William P. Clements’ Beta Team, 3rd place, and The Hockaday School, 4th place. In similar ranking order, the middle school (B) division winners are The Northstar School, Liberty Christian, Colleyville Middle School and the Harmony Science Academy-Grand Prairie.
The Science Olympiad State Tournament will be held at Texas A&M University, April 13-14, 2012.
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