GHHS Science Olympiad coach, teammates recall past national tournaments

While students on Mike Reed's Science Olympiad team explored the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison on Thursday afternoon, or studied for Saturday's competition, Reed recalled some of the memorable moments from his 21 years with Grand Haven High School's team. Reed, the GHHS team's head coach, has gone to nationals with the students every time. He said the National Science Olympiad is not without its challenges, and competitions don't always go as planned.
Jordan Travis
May 20, 2011

“Things that are unexpected happen with devices that you have that somehow fall apart during the competition,” Reed said. “Part of that comes from putting it on a bus. They kind of get shaken around.”

Another mishap Reed remembers involves the ride back from nationals in Auburn, Ala., in 1992, he said. Everyone was in the midst of an 18-hour ride back when the bus driver pulled the vehicle off the highway at 2 a.m. and began looking for a gas station.

“He had completely run out of fuel,” Reed said. “Luckily, the gas station (we found) was down a hill, and we coasted into” the gas station lot.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

The Tribune will post the results of Saturday's tournament online late Saturday.

 

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