On April 3, the Belfast Area High School Science Olympiad team traveled to the University of Southern Maine in Gorham to compete in the state tournament. Teams from 19 private and public high schools participated, including Cape Elizabeth, Waterville, Falmouth, Waynflete, Mt. Ararat and many others. Working in pairs, students competed in 24 different rigorous science and engineering events throughout the day.

The newly formed BAHS team took home two gold medals, four silver medals, and a bronze medal.

Gold Medal First Place Winners
Fossils – Kate Howard and Rachel Kahn
Remote Sensing – Geneva Bielenberg and Maria Swebilius

Silver Medal Second Place Winners
Trajectory – William Coward and Rachel Kahn
Ornithology – Kate Howard and Lydia Rocheleau
Disease Detectives – Lauren Martin and Alex Njaa
Dynamic Planet (Earthquakes) – Geneva Bielenberg and Maria Swebilius

Bronze Medal Third Place Winner
Ecology- Lydia Rocheleau

From designing, constructing and testing engineering devices to meeting with University of Maine Orono professors and professional in the field, the BAHS Olympians worked hard, beginning in the fall to prepare for their events. A special thanks goes to community members and BAHS teachers who helped mentor students, including Joel Knight, Scott Hall, Morten Moesswilde, Andrew Carpenter, Tony Swebilieus, David Sprague, and teachers Beth Baker, David Thomas, Steve Groening, Mike Marshall, Ted Pellerin, Dale Nealey and Mike Lawson.

Waterville placed first at the state meet for the 15th year in a row and will represent Maine at the national tournament in Chicago in May.

The BAHS Science Olympiad team is available to present to community or school groups as part of an effort to encourage student interest in science and engineering. The school is currently recruiting more team members in grades 8-11 for next year’s team and adult mentors with a background in science and engineering who are interested in working with students on specific events. If interested, contact Jacquie Kahn, Science Olympiad coach, at jkahn@sad34.net or 338-3510, ext. 316.

The National Science Olympiad program is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate work force and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

The International Science Olympiad program has been recognized as a model science and engineering program applauded by presidents of the United States and Canada’s prime minister. For more information on the Science Olympiad program see soinc.org.