2 Alpena teams compete in Science Olympiad

The Alpena High School Science Olympiad team competed in the State of Michigan Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday at Michigan State University. Allison Abram and Racheal McDonald earned a silver medal in the Forestry event. Abram and McDonald had a perfect score on the outdoor tree identification. The Alpena team received 21st place, the highest score in AHS history at the state tournament.

Other top finishers for Alpena High School were Samyak Harsh and Wyatt Hanna who placed 8th in Robot Arm. Allison Abram and Michael Ross placed 11th in Rocks and Minerals, Allison Abram and Emily Thayer earned 13th in Dynamic Planet, and Shannon Kapala and Sarah MacMaster placed 14th in Anatomy and Physiology.

The Alpena High School Science Olympiad Team earned the trip to the state tournament after winning first place at the regional tournament at Alpena Community College. The state tournament at Michigan State University brings together the top 48 teams in the state to compete in science, math, and technology problem solving.

The C.O.A.C.H. (Cooperative of Alpena Area Homeschoolers) Science Olympiad team competed this past Saturday, April 27, in the junior high division of the State Science Olympiad Competition held at Michigan State University in Lansing. In order to be able to compete at this state level, the team had to win first place at the regional level, which they did last month. This allowed them to be able to move on to the state competition level.

“This year was our 4th year competing at the state level and it’s a great opportunity for our local kids to compete against some of the best scientist in the state,” says head coach, Jenny Myers. “Our homeschool team is the only homeschool team in the state that has ever made it to the state level and I am proud of each of the kids and all of their hard work that they put into this throughout the schoolyear. Our team consists of fifteen 6th through 9th grade students and they compete in 23 different events all related to the field of science.”

Levi Goebel and Haydn Goebel placed 13th in Mission Possible which is an event where they design and build a Rube Goldberg style apparatus which completes a required final task using a sequence of consecutive tasks. Tara Myers, John Carriveau and Mallory Ryan placed 16th in Experimental Design which is an event where the students design, conduct and report the findings of an experiment that they are given to construct on the day of competition. In two other events, students received 18th place: Ben Carriveau and Grace Balog with Disease Detective and John Carriveau and Keira Wright with Meteorology.