#Smiles: RMS Science Olympiad teams earned several medals at state

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(Riverton, WY) – Earlier this month the Riverton Middle School Science Olympiad team competed in the state competition held at Casper College.

“The Science Olympiad tournament consists of approximately eighteen separate events per division which may require an individual or groups from each school for competition. Competitive teams will require knowledge obtained in the classroom and/or preparation during the year.

“The events are both fun and challenging and often very motivational. The concepts and topics for the events are balanced between Science Facts, Science Concepts, Process Skills, and Technical Application. Although the Science Olympiad is a competitive activity, most events are team competitions which require teamwork and cooperation. The emphasis is on inquiry learning, participation, interaction, and having fun.”

This was coach Sarah Fanning’s first year teaching and coaching. She shared how proud she is of the students and that she can’t wait for next year.

“Team B received the Spirit Award which was selected by the judges. They showed each other so much support and truly demonstrated their love of science at the competition. Team A won second place and medaled in all but two events. We were really close to 1st place and will be working towards 1st place next year and will hopefully go to Nationals!”

Below is the breakdown for each category RMS placed in provided by Sarah.

Ping Pong Parachute:
First Place: Team A- Paxton Stevens and Tessa Kenyon
Third Place: Team B- Jared DeClerq

Solar Systems:
Second Place: Team A- Tosha Kenyon and Korbynn Buss

Crave the Wave:
Third Place: Team A- Kyrie Bang and Sealy Johnson

Anatomy and Physiology:
Second Place: Team A- Cairo Shelsta and Tessa Kenyon

Ornithology:
Second Place: Team A- Alex Jordan and Porter Olson
Third Place: Team B- Matthew Hernandez

Code Busters:
Third Place: Team A- Anneliese Gillette and Celeste Mikesell

Sound of Music:
Third Place: Team A- Anneliese Gillette and Celeste Mikesell

Bridge:
Second Place: Team B- Matthew Hernandez
Third Place: Team A- Tosha Kenyon and Elsie Bott

Dynamic Planet:
First Place: Team B- Kapri Miller and James Castro
Second Place: Team A- Paxton Stevens and Alex Jordan 

Storm the Castle:
Second Place: Team B- Matthew Hernandez

Bio Process Lab:
Second Place: Team A- Tessa Kenyon and Korbynn Buss

Meteorology:
Second Place: Team A- Gabe Cooper and Alex Jordan

Experimental Design:
Second Place: Team A- Tosha Kenyon and Hollis Nielsen
Third Place: Team B- James Castro and Kapri Miller

Electric Wright Stuff:
Second Place: Team A- Cairo Shelsta and Gabe Cooper

Green Generation:
First Place: Team A- Elsie Bott and Cairo Shelsta

Food Science:
Second Place: Team A- Celeste Mikesell and Elsie Bott

Fanning also earned an outstanding coach award for her efforts.

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