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Science Olympiad teams earn top marks in competition

From Staff Reports Published: April 26, 2017 12:00 AM
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Both the Nordonia High School and Nordonia Middle School Science Olympiad Teams were scheduled to be recognized by the Board Of Education April 24 in recognition of an outstanding year, in which the high school team won the regional competition for the first time in 10 years and the middle school team was led by a stellar performance from Evan White who won medals in 8 of the 11 events in which he competed.

The high school team finished the season by placing 12 out of the 40 Division "C" teams that qualified at the state championship April 1, for the team's best finish in 10 years.

Three of the high school teams won medals:

Second place -- Electric Vehicle (Matt Chilton and Brett White)

Fifth place -- Experimental Design (Brett White, Jenna Stephens, Hritik Gupta)

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Sixth place -- Forensics (Ethan Lee, Paul Krempasky)

The middle school team finished 23rd out of 40 Division B teams with six top 10 finishes.

Medal winners for the middle school were:

Fifth place --- Mission Possible (Zachary Strong and Evan White)

Fifth place --- Towers (Jonathan Madden and Meg Picoult)

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Sixth place -- Ecology (Cole Gabel and Evan White)

In the regional competition, teams competed against Hudson, Revere, Aurora, and 20 other area schools at the University of Akron on March 11.

The Nordonia High School team won their competition by over 30 points, with medals in 20 of the 23 events with every one of the 15 team members finishing in the top three in at least one event.

The top performers for the team were seniors Matt Chilton, with five medals and Noah Weyrick with four medals. Junior Brett White also took home four medals. Other notable performances were put in by Conner Weyrick, Catherine Krempasky, Ethan Lee, Megan Ryan, Jenna Stephens, and Matt Lastovka who all won three medals. The team confirmed its reputation as a perennial State qualifier and placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in just under half of the events. The high school is coached by 5-year veteran parent advisor, Frank Blackwell who is aided by parents, and other dedicated community members.

The Nordonia Middle School team distinguished itself by qualifying for the Ohio State competition by landing fifth place honors at the regionals at the University of Akron. The team had six first-place finishes, two in second place and a third-place finish. Evan White won six medals, including three first-place, one second-place and two fourth-place awards. Raymond Tao and Ethan Tokarz each won three medals.

Fourteen of the 15 competing members each earned at least one award. Other middle school medal winners include Gabryelle Curcic, Loma Picoult, Melanie Richmond, Isak Llumdblad, and Vegas Roganish. The middle school team is coached by four-year parent advisor Theresa White and a host of parent and teacher volunteers.

Science Olympiad is a standards-based science competition that has been taking place for more than 33 years. It now involves 7,600 schools in all 50 states. Students compete in STEM topics including rocks and minerals, robotics, anatomy, food science, ecology, architectural engineering, meteorology, hovercraft construction, microbiology, and 14 additional topics. Nordonia Hills City Schools have been a part of this program for the last 32 years.


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