The Science Olympiad Team participated in the National Tournament on May 16th in Dayton, Ohio. The team placed 46th out of 60. MeenaS said, “It gave all of us a really good experience and the opportunity to meet people from other states who are also interested science”.
According to Deven one of the highlights of the tournament was “opening and awards ceremonies. They are hosted at the Nutter Center and they went all out for that.” All out included two different JumboTrons going and showing all the neat designs, strobe lights flashing, and corporate speakers delivering inspiring talks.
Nationals are a lot harder than the state tournament because the level of competition is much greater. Kansas, since it’s not as big of a state as others, has trouble competing against New York, California, New Jersey and Illinois. The Solon Middle School has won the competition 6 years in a row….and their winning tradition is hard to stop. (It’s a class in their school and not an after-school activity.)
We stayed in the same hotel as the Illinois team (who placed 2nd in the tournament). In talking with that team, they had stayed at school until 9pm many nights to prep for the tournament.
You may want to congratulate the team if you see them. Their names are
- William W
- Hridya and
- Ethan H
Their coach was Mrs. Haug and Mr. Ernst helped with most of the building events.