Six Cleveland High School Students walked away with medals at the State Science Olympiad, held in late February at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
Gelyn Topacio, Alyssa Dodson, Saryssa Dodson, Spencer Leonard, Cristina Vander Warf, and Xander Givens have been meeting and working on their events since early last fall. They're shown at right with other members of the Science Olympiad team. Cleveland's best showings in the competition were in the areas of Invasive Species, Dynamic Planets, and Astronomy.
Science Olympiad is a national effort devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement. With over 20 different events, Science Olympiad competitions are a type of academic track meet. Events change every year but are balanced between the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, computers and technology.
Students selected for local teams cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set and compete at the regional and state competitions. Every event is different but in competition, students typically take written tests; perform lab work; and, for the building events, apply their engineering skills to make towers, helicopters, robots and other structures. The competition emphasizes active, hands-on group participation.
Cleveland's Science Olympiad team is led by President Gelyn Topacio and Vice President Paris Reuel.