The top two teams in each division advance to the National Science Olympiad Tournament on May 20 at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.
This was the 35th annual event held at Michigan State University.
Grand Haven High School has competed at the state level for 32 consecutive years.
The local high school team moved up a spot this year with a third place finish behind Northville with 148 points and International Academy Central with 162 points. Grand Haven scored 186 points, followed by Troy, 223; Ann Arbor Pioneer, 271; and Stevenson, 287.
Fifty-nine teams each competed in the high school and middle school divisions. There were 48 teams last year.
Lakeshore Middle School – a team of eighth and ninth-graders – finished in fifth place, with a score of 242 points. The top middle school team was Meads Mill Middle School of Northville, with a score of 116 points. The second place team, Baker Middle School of Troy, was only 33 points ahead of Lakeshore, according to Coach Nathan Mihalek.
“Lakeshore had an excellent day and represented our school district well in everything they did,” Mihalek said.
Lakeshore was the only Grand Haven School that advanced to Nationals in 2016.
White Pines Intermediate School – a team composed of sixth and seventh-graders – finished in 15th place in the middle school division.
Medals were awarded to the top eight places in each event.
Grand Haven High School medalled in 16 of the 23 events as follows:
Ecology - Matthew Marcus, Maiya Yu
Optics - Noah Merriman, John Richardson
Rocks and Minerals - John Richardson, Trent Stegink
Towers - Noah Van Abbema, Ciana Witherell
Astronomy - Travis Myers, Trent Stegink
Electric Vehicle - Ronald Hodge, Noah Van Abbema
Experimental Design - Kaden Kar, Noah Van Abbema, Ciana Witherell
Dynamic Planet - Brenner Kar, Trent Stegink
Materials Science - Kendal Kroes, Maiya Yu
Anatomy and Physiology - Kendal Kroes, John Richardson
Game On - Ronald Hodge, Kaden Kar
Microbe Mission - Valerie Bobeldyk, John Richardson
Remote Sensing - Brenner Kar, Trent Stegink
Robot Arm - Noah Van Abbema, Ciana Witherell
Wind Power - Kaden Kar, Noah Merriman
Disease Detectives - Noah Merriman, John Richardson
Forensics - Kelsie McManus, Nolan Ruble
Hydrogeology - Brenner Kar, Trent Stegink
Invasive Species - Kendal Kroes, John Richardson
Helicopters - Noah Van Abbema, Ciana Witherell
Chemistry Lab - Ciana Witherell, Maiya Yu
Hovercraft - Kaden Kar, Ronald Hodge
Write It, Do It - Kelsie McManus, Maiya Yu
Trial Event – Source Code
Other team members include Ian Dean, Thomas Draper, Rob Francis, Elizabeth Hodge, Bennett Lowe, William Mayfield, Cam Pikaart, and Gavin Plemon.
The head coach is Mike Reed and the assistant coaches are Luke Anderson, Eric Dykstra, David Funk, Greg Huizenga, Jason Hunter, George Jaeger, Robert Monetza, Melissa Moerland, Marcella Morrell, Julie Olson, Dennis Striegle, Margaret Shay, Robert Shay, Dan Tlachac, and Jeremey Wilder.
Lakeshore Middle School Results
The Lakeshore Middle School Team was made up of the following students and all played a vital role in this year’s success, Mihalek said. “They all should be congratulated for an excellent season.”
9th Grade: Carter Brown, Natalie Currie, Grace Doyon, George Fullerton, Sam Hager (team captain), Kiya Hammond, Lindsey Hubbell, Sophia Jaeger (team captain), Samantha Kasbohm, Maddie Streng and Morgan Womack
8th Grade: Lucas Bergman, Peyton Brill, Adam Hamilton, Micah Hammond, Jaxon Hancock, Marissa McManus, Paige Meller, Frank Roberts, Sammi Ruble, Olivia Stevens, Lauren Streng, Noah TenHagen and Justine Wolffis.
Mission Possible – Grace Doyon, Frank Roberts
Rocks and Minerals – Kiya Hammond, Olivia Stevens
Scrambler – Grace Doyon and Sammi Ruble
Wind Power – Micah Hammond and Frank Roberts
Dynamic Planet – Carter Brown and Olivia Stevens
Experimental Design – Peyton Brill, Kiya Hammond and Marissa McManus
Towers – Grace Doyon and Sammi Ruble
Hovercraft – Peyton Brill and Frank Roberts
Wright Stuff – Grace Doyon and Sammi Ruble
Bottle Rockets – Adam Hamilton and Noah TenHagen
Fast Facts – Natalie Currie and Kiya Hammond
Invasive Species – Kiya Hammond and Frank Roberts
Disease Detectives – Natalie Currie and Samantha Kasbohm
Reach for the Stars – Grace Doyon and Samantha Kasbohm
Food Science – Jaxon Hancock and Sammi Ruble
Source Code (Trial event) – Maddy Streng and Morgan Womack
Meteorology – Samantha Kasbohm and Noah TenHagen
Anatomy and Physiology – Natalie Currie and Samantha Kasbohm
Microbe Mission – Carter Brown and Jaxon Hancock
Crime Busters – Kiya Hammond and Sammi Ruble
Write It, Do It – Peyton Brill and Lauren Streng
Optics – Natalie Currie and Frank Roberts
Road Scholar – Marissa McManus and Lauren Streng
Ecology – Frank Roberts and Peyton Brill
White Pines Intermediate School
Individual results were not available as of press time and will be published at a later date.