Junior high and high school teams place at Science Olympiad competition

On Saturday February 21, the regional Science Olympiad competition was held at Pearl River Community College. Three hundred different students competed in the interesting science based competitions, including students from St. Patrick Catholic High School. The Irish junior high team placed first overall and the high school team placed second. St. Patrick also won the award for best t-shirt with their creative and innovative design. Both teams will advance to the state competition at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Science Olympiad is a national organization that has the goal of improving education in all different fields of science through active learning and competition. This organization helps awaken the passion for science in students of all ages, helps to create teamwork, and lets students witness the different fields of science first hand.

The competitions for Science Olympiad, including the one on Saturday at Pearl River Community College, are intense and require a lot of preparation. There are twenty-three different team events and fifteen students are allowed to compete from each school team. The different events include all different fields of science including chemistry, genetics, and mechanical engineering to name a few. The competitions also rotate to different colleges so students can discover different educational institutions around the country.

Hannah Janus, a member of the team who competed in the events “Wright Stuff” and “Dynamic Planet” and placed third in “Wright Stuff” commented on the competition. “Overall the competition went great, and we took home a lot of medals. The time we put into our events definitely paid off, and I’m excited for state!”

The teams will be busy preparing themselves for the amazing competitions for state and will continue to learn more about the magnificent field of science!

Story by Skye Ward