We have had a lot of success this year with our Science Olympiad program. The students worked hard for many months. I am so proud of their hard work and dedication. The following paragraphs explain what this program is about.
“Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
“The culmination of more than 280 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university every year. This rotating system gives kids a chance to visit new parts of the country, to tour colleges they might consider for their undergraduate studies, and provides a memorable experience to last a lifetime.”
These programs at the middle school help support programs going on in the high school. I work closely with the high school science department and enjoy supporting their programs. All students who have participated in the past have had a great time and constantly ask when they will be starting up the following year. Some of them even go on to be the Science Sterling Scholar.
On April 13, we attended the State Science Olympiad at the University of Utah. All of the students did an excellent job and some of them ranked in the top three in their event. Jaime Carter and Ben Quarez received second place in the Crime Busters event, and Dillon Petty ranked third in the Bottle Rocket event. These students spent months preparing and their hard work paid off. Dillon also received a $1,000 scholarship from Westminster at the Ritchey Science Fair at Weber State University last month. Other students who worked very hard and did a great job were Allison Green, Nicholle Palmer, Parker Bailey, Alex Ward and DD Gualco.
These programs are so beneficial for the students at Morgan Middle School. Unfortunately, we may be losing them next year. I would like to congratulate each and every student who put forth a lot of time and dedication into these events. They are amazing to work with!