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BAHS Science Olympians Take Home 6 Medals From States

posted Apr 1, 2014, 10:38 AM by butch.richards@rsu20.org


On Saturday, March 28, the BAHS Science Olympiad Team traveled to the University of Maine in Orono to compete in the Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament. Teams from 16 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.

Team members were greeted by some former BAHS students who are currently students at UMO. Former team member and current UMO engineering student, Alexandra Njaa, helped run the forensics and chemistry lab events. Mary Kate Bickford served as our team guide helping students locate events throughout the campus.

BAHS students took home 6-Olympic medals and placed 6th overall in the State event. (Waynflete placed 1st and will represent Maine at the National Tournament in Orlando, Florida in May.)

Gold Medal First Place Winners

Scrambler – Nolan Woods and Jordan Bickford

Silver Medal Second Place Winners

Technical Problem Solving – Alexis Racioppi and Michael Samsel

Water Quality – Grace Bagley and Jordon Bickford

Bronze Medal Third Place Winner

Disease Detectives – Hannah Greene and Alison Walker

Rocks and Minerals - Hannah Greene and Alison Walker

Write It Do It – Katy King and Jessica Clapp

Fourth Place

Boomilever – Jordan Bickford, Nolan Woods and Micheal Samsel

Fifth Place

Mag Lev – Rick Wyman and Peter Spectre

Dynamic Planet – Grace Bagley and Hannah Greene

A special thanks goes to community members and BAHS/THMS teachers that helped mentor students, including Prof. David Lawrence, Susan Walker, Joe Woods, Kim Spectre, David Sprague, and teachers Beth Baker, David Thomas, Steve Groening and Ted Pellerin. Thanks also goes to team parents for their support of their children's endeavors.

We are currently recruiting more team members in grades 8-11 for next year's team and adult mentors with a background in science and engineering interested in working with students on specific events. If interested, please contact Jacquie Kahn, Science Olympiad Coach atjkahn@rsu20.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