GHHS has competed at the state level for every year of its 33-year history.
The top two teams from the state meet advance to nationals. Sixty teams competed in the high school event.
GHHS will join Northville High School in the Class C competition on May 19 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
The local high school team finished in third place last year.
The overall team scores for the top six placing teams in the high school division were: Northville, 103, Grand Haven, 124, Troy, 205, Ann Arbor Pioneer, 241, Detroit Country Day Upper School, 264, and Forest Hills Central, 270.
GHHS received medals in 20 of the 23 events.
Also moving up in the standings at the state meet were Grand Haven’s Lakeshore Middle School and White Pines Intermediate School teams.
The Lakeshore team, which made it to nationals in 2016, finished in fifth place last year. They topped 56 other teams at the state level to finish in third place this year.
Topping the Grand Haven School, which had 177 points, were Slauson Middle School from Ann Arbor with 120 and Meads Mill Middle School from Northville with 155.
The Lakeshore team is made up of 8th and 9th graders.
Lakeshore has participated in the state tournament 21 consecutive years, according to Coach Nathan Mihalek. Lakeshore earned an invite to this year's tournament by placing first in their regional tournament in March.
Lakeshore earned a medal in 16 out of 23 events as well as an additional medal in a trial event (not scored towards overall placement).
White Pines Intermediate moved up from 15th place last year to 9th place this year.
This is the highest finish ever for the team made up of sixth and seventh graders, according to their coach, Rhonda Bird.
White Pines scored 407 points.
High School Coach Mike Reed said the trip to the national tournament has an expected budget of around $19,000.
“Any donations from individual members of the community, local businesses, or organizations would be greatly appreciated,” he said.
Checks to support the Science Olympiad team can be made out to GHAPS and sent to Mike Reed at Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris Street, Grand Haven MI, 49417.
Grand Haven High School results:
First Place (1 point each)
Chemistry Lab: Brenner Kar, Kendal Kroes
Towers: Thomas Draper, Noah Van Abbema
Second Place (2 points each)
Disease Detectives: Natalie Currie, Noah Merriman
Dynamic Planet: Carter Brown, Brenner Kar
Forensics: Kiya Hammond, Nolan Ruble
Microbe Mission: Noah Merriman, John Richardson
Thermodynamics: Brenner Kar, John Richardson
Third Place (3 points each)
Ecology: Carter Brown, Jasmine Wang
Herpetology: Carter Brown, Matthew Marcus
Fourth Place (4 points each)
Hovercraft: Thomas Draper, Ronald Hodge
Rocks and Minerals: Kiya Hammond, Trent Stegink
Fifth Place (5 points)
Anatomy and Physiology: Natalie Currie, Kendal Kroes
Experimental Design: Kendal Kroes, Noah Merriman, Jasmine Wang
Fermi Questions: Noah Merriman, John Richardson
Sixth Place (6 points)
Helicopters: Nolan Ruble, Noah Van Abbema
Seventh Place (7 points each)
Materials Science: Kendal Kroes, Trent Stegink
Remote Sensing: John Richardson, Trent Stegink
Eighth Place (8 points each)
Astronomy: Matthew Marcus, Trent Stegink
Mission Possible: Thomas Draper, Nolan Ruble
Mousetrap Vehicle: Thomas Draper, Noah Van Abbema
Ninth Place (9 points)
Optics: Noah Merriman, John Richardson
Thirteenth Place (13 points)
Write It Do It: Matthew Marcus, Jasmine Wang
Seventeenth Place (17 points)
Source Code: Ronald Hodge, Jasmine Wang
Nineteenth Place (not counted for team score)
Game On (Exhibition Event): Ronald Hodge, Noah Van Abbema
Other members of the high school team are Valerie Bobeldyk, Grace Doyon, Sam Hager, Elizabeth Hodge, Lindsey Hubbell, Sophia
Jaeger, Samantha Kasbohm, Bennett Lowe, William Mayfield, Tess O’Leary, Cam Pikaart and Morgan Womack.
Mike Reed is the head coach and the assistant coaches are Luke Anderson, Todd Diederichsen, Eric Dykstra, David Funk, Greg
Huizenga, Jason Hunter, George Jaeger, Nate Kepler, Melissa Moerland, Bob Monetza, Julie Olson, Margaret Shay, Robert Shay,
Dennis Striegle, Dan Tlachac, Marcella Weldon, and Jeremey Wilder.
Lakeshore Middle School results:
Battery Buggy: Sammi Ruble (9) and Jacob Marcus (8)
Herpetology: Chase Greene (8) and Max Tran (8)
Roller Coaster: Frank Roberts (9) and Grant Bell (8)
Solar System: Noah TenHagen (9) and Jacob Marcus (8)
Disease Detectives: Aashray Mandala (8) and Jacob Marcus (8)
Ecology: Peyton Brill (9) and Aashray Mandala (8)
Thermodynamics: Frank Roberts (9) and Zach Bauer (8)
Fast Facts: Frank Roberts (9) and Max Tran (8)
Optics: Lucas Bergman (9) and Frank Roberts (9)
Rocks and Minerals: Carl Jaeger (9) and Max Tran (9)
Towers: Sammi Ruble (9) and Charlie Van Abbema (8)
Dynamic Planet: Peyton Brill (9) and Frank Roberts (9)
Hovercraft: Peyton Brill (9) and Frank Roberts (9)
Meteorology: Noah TenHagen (9) and Chase Greene (8)
Microbe Mission: Lucas Bergman (9) and Carl Jaeger (8)
Source Code (Trial Event): Zach Bauer (8) and Grant Bell (8)
Potions and Poisons: Sammi Ruble (9) and Carl Jaeger (8)
Crime Busters: Sammi Ruble (9) and Jacob Marcus (8)
Anatomy and Physiology: Lucas Bergman (9) and Aashray Mandala (8)
Mystery Architecture: Sammi Ruble (9) and Charlie VanAbbema (8)
Experimental Design: Peyton Brill (9), Carl Jaeger (8), and Charlie VanAbbema (8)
Road Scholar: Jacob Marcus (8) and Wil Stegink (8)
Wright Stuff: Noah TenHagen (9) and Charlie VanAbbema (8)
In everything they did this weekend, the team represented the best of Grand Haven. Please congratulate the students on a very successful season.
The 2018 Science Olympiad Team
9th Grade Students:
Lucas Bergman, Peyton Brill (Team Captain), Jaxon Hancock, Frank Roberts (Team Captain), Sammi Ruble, Olivia Stevens, Lauren Streng (Team Captain), Noah TenHagen, and Justine Wolfiss
8th Grade Students:
Zach Bauer, Grant Bell, Chase Greene, Carl Jaeger, Aashray Mandala, Jacob Marcus, Wil Stegink, Max Tran, and Charlie VanAbbema.
Nathan Bauer, Robby Bird, Amy Cahalan, Robby Cramer, Kelly Goward, Heather Varboncoeur, Dave Funk, Melissa Jaeger, George Jaeger, Joe Lutz, Nate Mihalek, Shannon Mitchell, Bob Monetza, Dr. Ortiz, Mark Salik, Amy Stringham, Kevin Sylvester, Jeff VanAbbema, and Bob Whipkey
White Pines Intermediate School results:
1st place - Fast Facts – Kyla Streng and Cale Currie
4th place - Potions and Poisons – Justin Hancock and Kyla Streng
Roller Coaster – Justin Hancock and Jake Roberts
5th place - Wright Stuff – Isaiah Salik and Sawyer Van Abbema
6th place - Crime Busters – Kyla Streng and Julianna Porath
Herpetology – Jake Roberson and Gordon Schneider
Road Scholar – Hannah Black and Cale Currie
7th place - Towers – Joey Mazor and Sawyer Van Abbema
8th place - Battery Buggy – Justin Hancock and Sawyer Van Abbema
9th place - Anatomy – Kyla Streng and Cale Currie
12th place - *Source Code – Dylan Wunder and Luka LaPointe
14th place - Rocks and Minerals – Joey Mazor and Sofiia Svyryd
15th place - Thermodynamics – Joey Mazor and Robert Greene
16th place - Hovercraft – Connor Gabel and Robert Greene
19th place - Optics – Joey Mazor and Jake Roberts
25th place - Disease Detectives – Hannah Black and Justin Hancock
28th place - Meteorology- Jake Roberson and Ryan Bell
30th place - Dynamic Planet – Hannah Black and Ryan Bell
Experimental Design – Joey Mazor, Connor Gabel, and Jake Roberts
31st place - Solar System – Joey Mazor and Julianna Porath
32nd place - Microbe Mission – Hannah Black and Justin Hancock
34th place - Write it / Do it – Hannah Black and Kyla Streng
36th place - Ecology – Ryan Bell and Robert Greene
41st place - Mystery Architecture – Kyla Streng and Sawyer Van Abbema
Other members of the team not mentioned above are Savannah Dean, Avery O’Brien, and Simon
Van Abbema. Every student played a vital role in this year’s success. They all should be
congratulated for an excellent season!
Coaches: Nathan Bauer, Robby Bird, Amy Cahalan, Robby Cramer, Kelly Goward, Heather
Varboncoeur, Dave Funk, Melissa Jaeger, George Jaeger, Joe Lutz, Nate Mihalek, Shannon Mitchell,
Bob Monetza, Mr. Ortiz, Mark Salik, Amy Stringham, Kevin Sylvester, Jeff VanAbbema, and Bob