Science Olympiad prepares for run to State finals

The Science Olympiad team went to an invitational February 2nd, at Middleville. There were 19 schools, but 24 teams at this pre-regional competitive practice.

“This gave us a chance to see how we were compared to other schools,” junior Tess VanderVeen said. The team came in 9th overall. Coach Mr. Mat Rehkopf is very optimistic about the outcome and the future regional.

“I was happy with our performance, considering we had no building events,” he said. He said that if they would have used the building events to their potential, their ranking at the invitational would have been higher.

Rehkopf admits, though, that the extra time in class is contributing to their academic events. He reports that there were multiple students in multiple events that placed.

“Now we know where we are and what we still have to learn,” senior Jen Verhagan said. The top four teams from the region were at the invitational. Out of those four our team was behind two of those and ahead of one.  Rehkopf predicts that his team will come in second at regionals, which take place March 15th at Western Michigan University.

“We’re ready for it,” VanderVeen said. If the team is in the top three at regionals, it has the opportunity to go to the state competition. The team will continue to work hard to strengthen their abilities to get to the ultimate goal.

“Our seniors are doing a nice job,” Rehkopf said. “Their hard work will hopefully lead us to the state competition.”


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