Rockets were exploding and planes were flying last week at Carl Sandburg Middle School. Once again, it was time for the annual Science Olympiad. Postponed from February because of bad weather, the event took up most of the day on Saturday.
This annual tournament consists of academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events. Students prepare for these events during the year with the help of teachers and mentors.
Participating in this year’s event were the following middle schools: Carson, Twain, Rocky Run, Glasgow, Longfellow, Liberty, Frost, Lanier, Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman.
Whitman students Nicole Gailliot and Tallulah Norton placed third in the "Naked Egg Drop" competition, while Sandburg students Amanda Cain and Muhammed Chaudhary placed third in the "Compute This" event and Julia Rocke and Randy Davis took third place for "Dynamic Planet."
Cain was also a second-place winner, along with Brianne Wilson for the "Science of Fitness" event. Joshua Webb and Tom Minogue, also from Sandburg, placed second for "Wright Stuff," as did Gerleen Dineros and Joshua Webb for "Meteorology."
First place winners from Sandburg were: Elizabeth Nowak and Jenny Arcenas for "Can’t Judge a Powder By Its Color;" Brian Wilson and Amanda Cain for Fossils; and Patrick Bostick and Chloe Kougias for "Write It, Do It."
Peggy White not only brought a team from Whitman, but also coordinated the forensics event where students had to sift through clues scientifically and come up with a solution to the “Who Done It?”