Nearly 1500 students, coaches and parents converged upon Allendale High School and Middle School to compete in the February 28th Allendale Science Olympiad Invitational. Fifty-three teams from Michigan participated in the events.
Science Olympiad is one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. During the invitational teams participate in rigorous written tests, hands-on and lab events such as Disease Detectives, Green Generation, Dynamic Planet, Bridge Building and Protein Modeling. Events cover topics in physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering and more. At the end of a very mentally demanding day students are awarded medals and ribbons for placing in 1st through 6th place, and teams placing in 1st through 6th place are awarded trophies.
This year’s first place team in the middle school competition was Meads Mill Middle School from Northville, Michigan. In the high school division Grand Rapids Christian High School took home the first place trophy. Congratulations to our Allendale Middle School team, coached by Dave Erdmans, which took 8th place out of 26 teams. And congratulations to the Allendale High School Red team, coached by Brian Brethauer, which ended the day with a 5th place trophy out of 27 teams.
Thank you to Dr. Jonker and Board of Education members, Jennifer Coffey, Sheryl Pineiro and Meegan Zickus for helping to present the awards.
With an event this large it takes a lot of help from dedicated team members and volunteers. Candice Greinke, the tournament director and Brian Brethauer, AHS Science Olympiad Coach, would like to thank Dr. Jonker, the Board of Education members and the building principals for the use of our beautiful facilities, the high school and middle school teachers for the use of their classrooms, custodians Josh Anderson and Branden Greinke for all of their help and running around during the day to fulfill our many requests, custodian Dan VanFarowe for his help with the audio-visual equipment, the room use staff and the evening custodians on duty for their help with equipment requests, setting up chairs and cleaning up after so many people, our technology department for their help with computers and the computer programs needed, assistant coaches Donna Newman and Paul Greinke for helping with preparation, registration and managing issues during the day, volunteers Lon and Vicki VanBronkhorst for helping with the data entry programs and video presentations, and of course the high school and middle school Science Olympiad teams and their parents who helped with tasks large and small to make it all work.
Best of luck to the Allendale Middle School and Allendale High School teams as they compete in the regional competition at Grand Valley State University on March 28.