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BAHS Excels in Science Competitions! Nice Job!

posted Jul 31, 2015, 4:37 AM by RSU71 Webmaster

The BAHS Science and Engineering Club had an excellent year competing in 3 different competitions, including the Nor’easter Bowl, the Science Olympiad, and the Envirothon.

On Saturday, February 7, the Ocean Sciences Bowl team competed in the annual regional competition, called the Nor’easter Bowl, against 17 teams at the University of Maine in Orono. One of the 2 Belfast teams finished in 4th place and won a 2-day field trip to the University of Maine’s Darling marine research field station. The Darling Marine Center field trip was taken on May 26 and 27. Students were able to collect samples aboard the Ira C. research vessel and engage with professors and graduate students at the lab.

On Saturday, March 21, the BAHS Science Olympiad Team traveled to the University of Southern Maine in Gorham to compete in the Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament. Teams from 15 private and public high schools from throughout Maine participated including Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, Waterville, Falmouth, Waynflete and others. Students, working in pairs competed in 21 different rigorous science and engineering events throughout the day.

This year, BAHS had two teams participate (a full team and an alternate team) as there is so much interest in this exciting science and technology program. BAHS students took home 4 medals and placed 6th overall at States.  

The Envirothon Team participated in the regional competition at Unity College on May 15. One of the teams finished in 3rd place and went to states on May 29. The State competition took place at Thomas College. The Belfast team consisted of Alexis Racioppi, Alyson Peabody, Ashley Flanders, Leah Taylor, and Cori Shooter. The team placed 6th out of 9 teams and took 3rd place in the soils category.

Students involved in these competitions worked with several professionals in their respective fields, graduate students, and other community members during these competitions. Students were able to apply knowledge learned in the classroom while gaining many valuable experiences including working on a team, collaborating with scientists, conducting independent research, visiting colleges and professional workplaces, and competing against other schools. Thanks go to all those who made it possible for these students to engage in these co-curricular activities.