On Saturday, March 4, SPA's Upper School Science Olympiad team had its best showing in a decade at the Minnesota State Science Olympiad Competition, held at Bethel University in St. Paul. The Spartan team placed first in the "Small School" category, beating rival Blake and all other small schools, and eleventh overall. In addition to the team's success, three SPA pairs medaled in individual events (medals indicate finish across schools of all sizes): Ben Konstan '18 and Terry Cheney '18 won third place in the Experimental Design event; Sammy Ries '19 and Adnan Askari '18 won fourth place in the Invasive Species event; and Libby Woodson '18 and Larry Chen '18 won fourth place in the Wind Power event. It is the most success the Spartan Science Olympiad team has had since 2007, when the SPA team took first among all schools and went on to compete nationally.
The Science Olympiad is a national science-knowledge competition in which teams are tested in twenty scientific categories: Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Chemistry Lab, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Ecology, Electric Vehicle, Experimental Design, Forensics, Helicopters, Hovercraft, Invasive Species, Materials Science, Microbe Mission, Optics, Remote Sensing, Robot Arm, Rocks & Minerals, Towers, Wind Power, and Write It/Do It. The SPA team is coached by US science faculty Beth Seibel-Hunt and Ned Heckman. "The top teams are usually big schools that do Science Olympiad as a course," says Heckman, "so it is a real accomplishment for our students to have won the championship for small schools and placed so high overall."
Congratulations to all our Science Olympiads and go Spartans!