Science Olympiad heading to state meet
Tonganoxie Middle School students finished seventh overall at the Science Olympiad Northeast Kansas Regional Tournament on Saturday at Johnson County Community College.
TMS students competed with 19 other northeast Kansas teams in 23 different events across science and engineering topics.
Tonganoxie’s placing earned it an invitation to the state competition April 3 at Wichita State University.
Team members: ninth grade — Brett Morey; eighth grade — Allison Bettis, Austin Harris, Jon Irwin, Cecilia Monarrez, Jessica Rubio, Hunter Sturgis and Katelyn Waldeier; seventh grade — Mara Bigge, Tyler Fraedrich, Garrett French, Cydney Garner and Danielle Irwin; sixth grade — Kennedy Morey and Jacob Tollefson.
The TMS team medaled in the following events. Medals were given to the top six places.
Anatomy (fifth) — Katelyn Waldeier and Danielle Irwin
Battery Buggy (fourth) — Tyler Fraedrich
Can’t Judge A Powder (fifth) — Allison Bettis and Jacob Tollefson
Experimental Design (third) — Jon Irwin, Katelyn Waldeier and Garrett French
Meteorology (sixth) — Mara Bigge and Garrett French
Pentathlon (second) — Brett Morey, Hunter Sturgis, Garrett French and Kennedy Morey
Physical Science Lab (third) — Mara Bigge and Garrett French
Write It, Do It (fourth) — Katelyn Waldeier and Danielle Irwin
THS also heading to state in Division C at wichita st.
Tonganoxie High School also competed in the division C events. Team members competed in 25 events and the list of students and medals won is listed below. The team placed seventh overall (out of 20 schools including Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Olathe districts). This qualified the team for the state competition on April 3 in Wichita. Team coaches are Christine Biel and Traci Waldeier.
Team members are:
Mary O’Brien (second place, anatomy; sixth place, environmental chemistry)
Marcus Titterington (fourth place, astronomy)
Dane Erickson (sixth place, ecology)
Miranda Bontrager (second place, anatomy)
Carrie Calovich (sixth place, environmental chemistry; second place, experimental design)
Megan Woods (sixth place, ecology)
Madi Hunter (second place, elevated bridge)
Wes Williams (fourth place, astronomy; second place, elevated bridge; sixth place, ornithology)
Aaron McIntyre (sixth place, ornithology)
Alternate Jackie Neese (second place, experimental design)
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