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BAHS Science Olympians Take Home Medals at States!

posted Apr 6, 2016, 8:04 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Apr 6, 2016, 8:07 AM ]

Pictured left to right from back: Nolan Woods, Kyle Brown, Zach Sheafe, Will Bickford, Jordan Bickford (co-captain), Zane Bielenberg. Second row: Brian Rollerson, Corey Deschamps, Trevor Martell, Caleb Hall-Arnett, Sam Davis, Michael Samsel. Front row:Hannah Greene, Kristina Walker, Alison Walker, Katy King (Head captain). Not pictured: Rick Wyman, Alexis Racioppi (Co-Captain), Dejaleen Charbonnier, Ashley Flanders, Leah Taylor


On Saturday, March 26, 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 17 private and public high schools from throughout Maine participated including Yarmouth, Falmouth, Waynflete and many more. Students, working in pairs, competed in 22 different rigorous science and engineering events throughout the day.


BAHS students took home seven Olympic medals and placed sixth overall at States.  Waterville placed first and will represent Maine at the National Tournament at the University of Wisconsin in May.


Gold Medal First Place Winners

Bridge Building – Katy King

Green Generation - Michael Samsel and Zach Sheafe

Disease Detectives – Alison Walker and Alexis Racioppi


Silver Medal Second Place Winners

Experimental Design – Katy King, Kristina Walker and Dejaleen Charbonnier

Write It Do It – Katy King and Kristina Walker


Bronze Medal Third Place Winner

Dynamic Planet – Alexis Racioppi and Dejaleen Charbonnier

Wright Stuff (plane) – Katy King and Sam Davis


Fourth Place

Invasive Species – Zane Bielenberg and Zach Sheafe

It’s About Time – Alison Walker and Caleb Hall-Arnett


Fifth Place

Game On – Kyle Brown and Corey Deschamps


Sixth Place

Astronomy – Trevor Martell and Caleb Hall-Arnett

Geologic Mapping – Hannah Greene and Alexis Racioppi

Green Generation – Hannah Greene and Leah Taylor

Invasive Species – Dejaleen Charbonnier and Ashley Flanders


A special thanks goes to community members and teachers that helped mentor students, including Professor Johanna Evans (MMA), Dr. Richard Podolsky, Susan Walker, David Sprague, Beth Baker (co-coach), David Thomas (co-coach), Steve Groening and Ted Pellerin.  Thanks also goes to team parents for their support of their children's endeavors.


We are seeking adult mentors with a background in science and engineering interested in working with high school students on specific events.  The BAHS Science Olympiad Program relies heavily on community mentors for its success. We are especially in need of engineers. If interested, please contact Jacquie Gage Kahn, Science Olympiad Team Head Coach, at jkahn@rsu71.org


The National Science Olympiad program is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.  The International Science Olympiad program has been recognized as a model science and engineering program applauded by Presidents of the United States and Canada's Prime Minister.  For more information on the Science Olympiad program see http://www.soinc.org