Source: Don Von Bergen, 785-826-2696, dvb@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Bennington, Brookville, Canton, Galva, Hutchinson, Lincoln, Lindsborg, Manhattan, McPherson, Minneapolis, Newton, Pretty Prairie, Salina, Seneca, Sterling, Wamego and Washington.
Prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642, nblair@k-state.edu

Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Science stars: Area schools compete in regional science olympiad at K-State Salina

SALINA -- Teams from Manhattan High School and Chisholm Middle School in Newton are the winners of the regional Kansas Science Olympiad hosted by Kansas State University Salina on Jan. 11.

Teams from 14 high schools and 11 junior high schools participated in the event.

The competition consisted of Division B for grades 6-9 and Division C for grades 9-12. Team members usually compete in pairs and enter about four events each. Although individual victories are essential, teamwork plays a large part in the competition.

Chisholm Middle School placed first in Division B with first place finishes in the Experimental Design, Reach for the Stars, Road Scholar, and Storm the Castle events.

Manhattan High School placed first in Division C and finished first in the Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Chemistry Lab, Fermi Questions, Forensics, Helicopters, Microbe Mission, Optics, Protein Modeling, Remote Sensing, Sounds of Music, Thermodynamics and Water Quality events.

Other schools participating and or placing in the event include:

Bennington High School competed in Division C; Ell-Saline High School, Brookville, placed fourth in Division C; Canton-Galva High School placed fifth in Division C, and Canton-Galva Middle School placed sixth in Division B; Reno Valley Middle School, Hutchinson, competed in Division B; Lincoln High School competed in Division C; Smoky Valley High School, Lindsborg, competed in Division C; Frank Bergman Elementary School and Lee Elementary School, Manhattan, competed in Division B; McPherson High School placed sixthin Division C, and McPherson Middle School placed fourth in Division B; Minneapolis High School competed in Division C; Pretty Prairie Middle School competed in Division B.

From Salina:Sacred Heart High School, placed third in Division C and finished first in the Robotic Arm and Towers events; SalinaCentral High School participate in Division C; Salina South High School placed second in Division C and finished first in the Technical Problem Solving event, and Salina South Middle School placed third in Division B with first-place finishes in the Crime Busters, Mousetrap Vehicle, and Rocks and Minerals events.

St. Peter and Paul Middle School, Seneca, placed fifth in Division B; Sterling High School competed in Division C, and Sterling Junior High School placed second in Division B with first place finishes in the Awesome Aquifers, Disease Detectives, Food Science, Forestry, Towers and Write It Do It events; Wamego High School competed in Division C and Wamego Middle School competed in Division B; and Washington County High School competed in Division C.

The Kansas Science Olympiad is a statewide competition that challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge, ability and skills in all areas of science, with competitions in biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, engineering and inquiry. Competitions include everything from written tests and lab experiments to building structures and robots.