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Middle schoolers compete in 2nd, 3rd Science Olympiad; state finals in March

Glassford Hill and Bradshaw Mountain Middle Schools participated in the Westar Invitational for Arizona Science Olympiad, Division B, on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Goodyear. More than 260 students from 14 schools from across the state competed in 14 of the 23 official Olympiad events, said GHMS Principal Theresa Matteson.

"This Invitational was the final practice tournament prior to regional competition in February," said Matteson, a former director of the Science Olympiad.

Bradshaw Mountain's team participated in nine of the 14 events, and students brought home several ribbons. In Forestry, Alexcis Lenzi and Karleigh DeLeon earned a fourth place. In Optics, Reece Probart and Johnny Ramirez placed sixth, Alexis Efird and Janelle Naig placed eighth, and Sam Thibodean and Michael Anderson placed ninth.

In Meteorology, Reece and Johnny earned a seventh place ribbon. The Write It/Do It team of Sam and Michael placed ninth.

Glassford Hill's teams also participated in several events. Though the Panthers did not bring home any ribbons this time, they finished just out of the ribbons range, which are awarded to 10th place.

At the North-Central Regional tournament on Feb. 11 in Peoria, GHMS students Shylah Pratt and Bethany Clesaeri earned a fourth place ribbon in Dynamic Planet, an event about the earth's fresh water systems, a seventh place finish in Meteorology, and tenth place in Road Scholars.

Adrian Kania and Gabriel Chavira took eighth place in Anatomy, an event that requires students answer questions about the respiratory and digestive systems of the human body, and an eighth place in Experimental Design.

Mitchell Wylie and John Tonnemacher earned a sixth place ribbon in Water Quality.

GHMS earned an eighth place finish overall. BMMS students did not compete in the regionals. Both teams are preparing for the State final tournament on March 24 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

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