But what about those whose talents lend themselves to the classroom rather than the athletic arenas?
Most schools across the state have dozens of athletic teams, but Grand Haven is one of the few districts that allows its brightest and most ambitious students to strut their stuff on their Science Olympiad teams.
And make no mistake — just like athletes who are up before the crack of dawn for conditioning and weight training, the students on the Science Olympiad teams certainly put in the work.
And, like athletic teams, there’s more at stake here than just learning how to build a bridge or solve an equation. Life lessons — teamwork, organization, dedication and social skills — all grow out of these competitions.
At Grand Haven, each of the middle school teams are made up of 21 students — including six alternates — who compete in events encompassing several different scientific fields, from chemistry and physics to engineering. The high school team boasts 25 students and 19 coaches.
Students train for their competitions by taking practice tests and building things that will be used during the competition.
The hard work has paid off for the local “Science O” teams, which have claimed numerous regional and state championships, and even a few national titles, over the years.
It’s no secret that our schools are some of the best in the state. What a blessing for some of those outstanding students to have a way to showcase their smarts in the field of competition.
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