Copper Hills High School placed 3rd in the State Science Olympiad at the University of Utah on Saturday April 13th, only a few points behind the top two teams. There were over 70 teams at state from schools around the state. Copper Hills also placed well in the two Regionals before state. The team placed in the top ten in 20 out of 24 events, placed in the top 6 in half the events, and medaled in 5 events.
Science Olympiad is one of the two most prestigious high school science competitions in the state with science fair. “For the past 29 years, has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 6,400 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.” See the link for more info. SOBrochure2013
Special congratulations to the following students for medaling:
3rd Place Astronomy- Alexander Holt and Tyler Kaiser
3rd Place Disease Detectives- Nicole Olsen and Mikyla VanWagoner
3rd Place Dynamic Planet (with $500 scholarship)- Cindy Giang and Tyler Kaiser
2nd Place Fermi Questions- Hunter Anderson and Matthew Hansen
2nd Place Robot Arm- Austin Scholes and Justin Trujillo
Members of the varsity team were Hunter Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Cindy Giang, Matthew Hansen, Taryn Hargraves, Alexander Holt, Tyler Kaiser, Lance Mochizuki, Kendall Munsey, Austin Scholes, Niocle Olsen, Justin Trumillo, Jacob Wamsely, Daniel Willeitner, and Mikyla VanWagoner. Junior Varsity team members are Victoria Beard, Paul Castellanos, Tynan Davis, Quinn Everett, Natalie Holt, Santiago Leon, Ivy Tomala, and Kaleb Hall.
I’m so very proud of their hard work and grateful to all the community members, who helped them prepare!
Jen Tolbert- Mechanical Engineer for L3 Communications
Daniel Tolbert- Registered Nurse for University of Utah Hospital
Matt Steele- ATK (Engineer)
Meridith Perkins- Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator- Utah Division of Forestry
Marie Owens- Water Quality Manager for Jordan Valley Water Authority
Ray Eniss- Materials Engineer for Alleghany Technologies Titanium Plant
Francine Bardole- Crime Scene Investigator for West Jordan Police Department
Heidi Schubert- Assistant Research Professor for Department of Biochemistry University of Utah
Robert Baskin- Supervisory Hydrologist for U.S. Geological Survey
Heather Threlkeld- Science Teacher at Bingham High School
Mary Meyer and Doug Merrill- Teachers at Copper Hills High School
The students did an awesome job!
Matthew Lund- Coach Copper Hills High School Science Olympiad Team