On Saturday, March 3, SPA's Upper School Science Olympiad team competed at the Minnesota State Science Olympiad Competition at Bethel University and for the second year in a row, the Spartan team placed first in the "Small School" category, beating rival Blake and all other small schools (>800 students). The team also placed in the Top 10 in the state (9th) of 33 schools present.
In addition to the team's success, one SPA pair medaled in individual events (medals indicate finish across schools of all sizes). Congratulations to sophomores Sameer Bijwadia and Nathan Sobotka, who earned 4th place overall in the Optics event.
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.
Congratulations to all our Science Olympiads and go Spartans!