Science Olympiad teams from White Pines and Lakeshore middle schools and Grand Haven High School have practiced nearly every day since January in preparation for the regional tournament on March 29 at Grand Valley State University.
Each team will be represented by 15 students and six alternates as they go up against other schools in a competition that encompasses all aspects of science — chemistry, physics, Earth and space, life/person/social, technology, and engineering — through 23 events addressing academics and technological skills.
Grand Haven High School junior Adam Greer said the practicing is tiresome, but it’s worth it in the end.
“You’re learning things you can use in college and beyond,” he said.
Students have trained for the competition with practice tests, assignments and building things — such as helicopters and musical instruments — that will be used during the competition.
Head coach Mike Reed said this year’s high school team, which consists of 25 students and 19 coaches, is looking to repeat years of successful tournament runs.
Last year’s high school team was first at the regional and state tourneys, and finished 11th in the national tournament. The White Pines team received third place at the regional and state tournaments, while the Lakeshore team was second at the regional and state tournaments, and placed 18th at the national tournament.
Reed attributes the success to everyone’s dedication to the program.
“It’s a lot of attention to detail, and lots and lots of practice,” he said.
White Pines head coach Robby Bird attributes the program’s success to the time students, coaches and parents dedicate to practice, tournaments and volunteering. She said the Science Olympiad season spans the length of two-and-a-half sports seasons.
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