On February 12, 2013, twelve adventurous young scientists traveled to Hays to compete in a national science competition known as the “Science Olympiad.” The Science Olympiad has been developed to increase science awareness and promote higher level thinking skills for young adults. Currently, 48 states participate in the Olympiad. The contest features 24 different categories. All aspects of science are covered from biology to astronomy and everything in between.
The first round of competition took place in Hays on February 12. This was a regional competition. Any student that placed in the top 3 as per event qualified for the state level Olympiad in Wichita. Any student that took first at state would qualify for the national title to be determined this summer. Additionally, teams that place in the top three overall would move on to the state competition.
“I wanted our kids to go and experience some competition outside of the realm of sports,” said Kirk Miller, director of the event for Kiowa County schools. “I wanted them to see that furthering their education will be highly competitive and that there are many smart kids outside of Kiowa County. I do not want kids to be satisfied with being the smartest kid in just our school... It is also a goal for me to start conditioning our students to think about school outside of school and begin to think about science on a higher level.”
There were eleven schools that participated in the Hays region. Unfortunately no students from Kiowa County made it to the state level, but all the students competed and represented KCJH with pride. The following list is of all students that competed. Students that placed in the top five of their respective events are noted below.
Rotor Egg Drop: Josh Cannon and James Little (4th Place)
Road Scholars: James Little and Tierra West (5th Place)
Shock Value: Jenner Little and Josh Cannon (4th Place)
Others that did not place in the top five:
Disease Detectives: Tierra West and Morgan Powell
Forestry: Ian Hess
Mousetrap Car: William Enfield
Write-It-Do-It: Janessa Zenger and Morgan Powell
Metric Mastery: Morgan Powell and William Enfield
Crime Busters: Maddi Brensing and Alexis Trimmell
Keep the Heat: Henry Cuevas, Frank Cuevas, and Ian Hess
Meteorology: Ian Hess
Experimental Design: Frank and Henry Cuevas