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Sandy Creek 6-9 team competes at Science Olympiad

Students in grades 6-9 from Sandy Creek Middle and High School competed in the Science Olympiad at Red Creek on March 14 where they finished in 14th place overall out of 31 teams from across Central New York.

Individual teams of Oren McDougal and Jordan Trudell took 5th place in Shock Value and in Rotor Egg Drop; Makenzie Lococo and Syndey Cook finished 7th in Crime Busters; Brianna Snyder and Makenzie Lococo took 9th in Rocks and Minerals; and Joe Metott and Sadie Lurcock took 10th in Wheeled Vehicles.

Sadie Lurcock, left, and Garrett LaPointe teamed up to compete in several competitions at the Science Olympiad. Here they prepare for the “Crime Busters” competition.
Sadie Lurcock, left, and Garrett LaPointe teamed up to compete in several competitions at the Science Olympiad. Here they prepare for the “Crime Busters” competition.

The team of 19 students competed in wide variety of science-related competitions with a focus on problem-solving skills and hands-on/minds-on creative learning.

Science Olympiad seeks to make science education more exciting, encourage teamwork and cooperative learning strategies and promote high levels of achievement in science and technology careers.

Coached by science teacher Galen Fellows with assistance from Lyndsey Fellows and Ted Krenrich, the team worked after school and on alternating weekends from September until early March in preparation for the competition.

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of science education, increasing interest in science and recognizing outstanding achievement by students and teachers.