Grand Haven High School finished in first place in the high school division with the lowest score of 75 points.
This is the tenth consecutive year and the 23rd time in their 29-year history of participating in Science Olympiad that the high school has won the regional event. Twenty-four high school teams competed from Kent and Ottawa counties.
In the middle school division, Lakeshore Middle School placed first and White Pines finished ninth out of 44 teams.
All three teams will continue on to the Michigan Science Olympiad state tournament on Saturday, April 26, at Michigan State University.
Grand Haven High School is the defending state champion and has won 16 state tournaments in the last 19 years including the last eight years in a row.
Medals are awarded to students finishing in the top six places in each event. Grand Haven High School received 20 medals out of the 23 events.
The results for GHHS are:
First Place - 1 point for each event
Astronomy: Luke Dionise and Scott Peters
Boomilever: Nick Johnson and Eric VanDyke
Compound Machines: Perry Benson and Nick Sterenberg
Disease Detectives: Varun Biddanda and Karl Johnson
GeoLogic Mapping: Braeton Ardell and Haley Kalis
MagLev: Braeton Ardell and Alexander Sokoly
Materials Science: Perry Benson and Evan Miller
Mission Possible: Perry Benson and Nick Sterenberg
Second Place - 2 points for each event
Anatomy and Physiology: Karl Johnson and Nick Sterenberg
Dynamic Planet: Ellie Scholtz and Nick Sterenberg
Entomology: Haley Kalis and Ellie Scholtz
Experimental Design: Luke Dionise, Kaia Hayes, and Evan Miller
Water Quality: Adam Greer and Haley Kalis
Third Place - 3 points for each event
Chemistry Lab: Karl Johnson and Evan Miller
Elastic Launched Glider: Nick Johnson and Eric VanDyke
Fourth Place - 4 points
Scrambler: Nick Johnson and Eric VanDyke
Fifth Place - 5 points for each event
Designer Genes: Adam Greer and Karl Johnson
Rocks and Minerals: Varun Biddanda and Ellie Scholtz
Sixth Place - 6 points for each event
Circuit Lab - Adam Greer and Alexander Sokoly
Write It Do It - Ellie Scholtz and Alexander Sokoly
Seventh Place - 7 points
Forensics: Kaia Hayes and Eric VanDyke
Eighth Place - 8 points
Technical Problem Solving: Luke Dionise and Scott Peters
Tenth Place - 10 points
Bungee Drop: Braeton Ardell and Perry Benson
Trial Events - no team points
4th place, Pentathlon: Anna Jullie, Grant Teeple, Connor Weber, and Emma Wingard
11th place, Materials Engineering: Logan Johnson and Grant Teeple
The high school teams moving on to the state tournament from this region and their points are:
Grand Haven High School, 75; Grand Rapids Christian High School, 100; Plymouth Christian High School, 132; West Ottawa High School, 144;
Forest Hills Central High School, 158; and Grandville High School, 172.
Middle School teams advancing to the state tournament, in order of place, are:
1. Lakeshore Middle School, 2. Grandville Middle School, 3. Jenison Jr. High, 4. Chandler Woods Charter, 5. East Grand Rapids Middle School, 6. Harbor Lights Middle School, 7. Plymouth Christian Middle School, 8. Macatawa Bay Middle School, 9. White Pines Middle School and 10. Allendale Middle School.
Student members of the GHHS Science Olympiad team are: Seniors: Braeton Ardell, Perry Benson, Kaia Hayes, Karl Johnson, Scott Peters and Eric VanDyke; Juniors: Varun Biddanda, Luke Dionise, Adam Greer, Nick Johnson, Evan Miller, Ellie Scholtz, Alexander Sokoly and Nick Sterenberg; Sophomores: Scott Bays, Emily Bruch, Fritz Jaeger, Logan Johnson, Anna Jullie, Brittany Jullie, Haley Kalis, Emily Stringham, Grant Teeple, Connor Weber and Emma Wingard.
Assistant coaches of the GHHS Science Olympiad team are: Eric Dykstra, Roger Glass, Greg Huizenga, Jason Hunter, George Jaeger, Kris Johnson, John Mauro, Robert Monetza, Marcella Morrell, Julie Olson, Margaret Shay, Robert Shay, Scott Stanley, Mike Sterenberg, Dennis Striegle, Dan Tlachac, Jim Vande Waa and Jeremey Wilder.