On March 26, 29 Manchester students grades six through 12 competed in the Indiana State Science Olympiad Tournament held at Indiana University, Bloomington.
The C team earned the right to compete in the state tournament by finishing fourth at the Goshen Regional tournament.
For the B team, however, their fourth place finish at the Goshen Regional meant that they had to compete in a Wild Card tournament to earn the last spot at the state tournament. “The number of invitations per regional is based on the number of teams per division at each regional,” Coach Sue Gnagy explained. “There were less B teams at the Goshen Regional, so we found ourselves two points shy of automatically qualifying for state. We won the Wild Card tournament by ten points. The Wild Card tourney was the weekend before the state tournament, so it was a quick turn around to get ready for the state tournament.”
The state tournament consisted of the thirty best B and C teams from around the state. The C team finished 12th in state, which is the highest ranking yet for a Manchester C team. The B team finished eighth, which is incredible, considering the weekend before we were fighting just to earn the right to qualify.
They had some outstanding performances at the state tournament. Freshman Karly Eichenauer ended the day with four medals, a first place in Anatomy, third place in Disease Detectives and Forestry (with Ethan Rice) and fourth place in Metric Mastery.
Matthew Pegg and Alex Good took first place in Helicopters. Pegg also partnered with Eichenauer in Anatomy and Metric Mastery. Rice (with Jonah Shenefield) also built a Boomilever that took fifth place. Sarah Pyle and Allison Smith received fourth place medals for Write it/Do it. Junior Ashton Bolinger (with partners Ross Messer and Blayk Giddens) earned two fourth place medals in Forestry and Gravity Vehicle.
In order to place that high in the state, it takes a total team effort. Even though only a few team members went up on the stage, every individual contributed to their success this season.
For more information about Science Olympiad visit www.indianascienceolympiad.org.