Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fulton Science Academy High School Science Olympiad At State

Fulton Science Academy competed in its first Division C State Science Olympiad Tournament and it was a great experience!

Fulton Science Academy students competed in the Division C Science Olympiad State Tournament hosted by Emory University last Saturday. Twenty-four of the state’s top teams qualified for the tournament based on the results of eight Regional Tournaments.

“Since this is the first year we have had a high school, this was the first year we’ve competed in Division C,” explained head coach Pam Walsh. “Science Olympiad rules allow Division C teams to have 15 members, seven of whom can be twelfth graders. Because our school is so small, we requested special permission from the State Director to include a couple of eighth graders on our team.”

With both Destination Imagination and the Math Team competing this weekend, even with two eighth-graders, FSA managed to put together a team of eleven students. Chloe R. spent the morning competing in Science Olympiad and after two events left to compete in Destination Imagination. Nevertheless, with some students competing by themselves (most events allow a team of two students) the team managed to participate in all twenty-three events. What incredible perseverance our students demonstrated!

“We had two goals for this first year,” explained head Coach Gloria Stathos. “First, we wanted to compete in all twenty-three events and second, we wanted to qualify for the state tournament. Qualifying was no easy task as there were 143 teams in the state. To place 18th in the state at this tournament was quite an accomplishment for our first year.”

“We are very proud of our students,” said Building Events coach Yasin Parlak. “We had a number of events in which we finished in the top ten. Next year we will have a more experienced team and our placement should improve. ”

The following students finished in the top ten in their events:

3rd Place Hovercraft – Vishal and Tushar (pictured)

6th Place Microbe Mission – Ethan and Sanjeev

7th Place Anatomy and Physiology – Ethan and Sanjeev

8th Place Rocks and Minerals – Nicholas and Sanjeev

9th Place Towers – Maahi and Bahriye

9th Place Ecology – Nicholas and Chaitanya

Thank you to all of our students, parents, and coaches for all of your efforts, not only this weekend but every weekend!

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