Science thrives at Region 13 Olympiad

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	Paw Paw Middle School students William MacKellar, in front, and Blake Towne prepare for the Roller Coaster event at the Region 13 Science Olympiad, held Monday at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  The duo took first place with this effort.	Courier-Leader photos/ Paul GarrodSophia Williamson, left,  and Sophia Wherley, of the Mattawan Middle School Science Olympiad team, compete Monday in the Elastic Launched Glider event.  Photo courtesy of Christina WilliamsonLawrence High School seniors Avery Curtis, left, and Val Norris, compete in the Chem Lab event at the Science Olympiad at KVCC Monday.The Paw Paw Middle School team finished first in its division at the Region 13 Science Olympiad.Five Van Buren County students were honored Monday at the Michigan Region 13 Science Olympiad  Tournament as Seventh Year Super Scientists. They are, from left: Kelsey Verran, Decatur High School; Brynn Duffy, Hartford High School; Sean McLaughlin, Paw Paw High School; Meadow Johnson, Decatur High School; and Ryan Brennan, Paw Paw High School.A team of Paw Paw High School students present their project to the judges  at the Region 13 Science Olympiad, hosted by the Van Buren Intermediate School District, the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.Mattawan Middle School Science Olympiad 2019

    KALAMAZOO - Science Olympiad teams from Paw Paw Middle School and Mattawan High School took top honors in the 36th annual Michigan Region 13 Science Olympiad Tournament, held Monday, March 4, at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
    Paw Paw Middle School placed first in the Middle School division, for the 12th time in the past 13 years, with 68 points. (The second place team received 100 points - low score wins with each place per event given points.) Mattawan Middle School was third.
    In the High School Division, Mattawan was first and Paw Paw placed third.
    There were 19 teams - 14 primary teams and five alternate teams. Every team competed against each other for individual events, and primary teams competed for team score.
    Paw Paw Middle School reported its students’ results as follows:    
    Blake Towne and Will Mackellar - First, Circuit Lab; First, Roller Coaster; First, Game on.
    Carey Towne and Sophie Mencl - First, Potions & Poisons; Fifth, Mystery Architecture; Fifth, Thermodynamics.
    Abby Goodwin and Em-ma Kenyon - Second, Fossils; Sixth, Dynamic Planet.
    Annalisa Maichele and Kylie Cox - First, Solar System; First; Density Lab; Sixth - Crime Busters.
    Delaney Kean and Amanda Towne - Second, Water Quality; Third, Anatomy and Physiology; Fifth, Heredity.
    Amelia Gibbs and Jack McLaughlin - First, Elastic Glider; Second, Meteorology; Second, Aerial Scramble; Third,  Disease Detective.
    Brenden Muessig and Rosemary Knapp - Fourth, Solar System.
    Brenden Muessig - Sixth, Density Lab.
    Abby Kuhlman, Rosemary Knapp,  and Elana Wierenga - Sixth, Experimental Design.
    Abby Kuhlman and Elana Wierenga - Fourth, Write it Do it; Fifth - Road Scholar.
    Abby Kuhlman and Rosemary Knapp - Fourth, Dynamic Planet.
    Emilee McNitt and Sydney Resman - Fourth, Elastic Glider;     Fourth  - Meteorology; Eighth - Disease Detective.
    Molly McNitt and  Ashley Olsen - First, Road Scholar; Fourth, Herpetology.
    Molly McNitt and  Alyson Olsen - First, Battery Buggy; Fifth, Boomilever.
    Molly McNitt, Alyson Olsen and  Ashley Olsen -  Second, Experimental De-sign.

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