McDowell High School won first place overall in their jayvee and varsity divisions at the Regional Science Olympiad hosted and staged by UNC Asheville.
Many students from East and West middle schools and Foothills Community School also placed high in the competition. (See the full list of winners from each McDowell school on Page 4)
The competition brought young scientists from 24 middle and high schools across western North Carolina together to compete in 46 events on Saturday, March 25.
The top three high school varsity and top two middle school varsity teams move on to the statewide tournament later this month, according to a press release from UNCA.
Jo Le Weaver is one of the coaches at MHS, and said all of the students did an excellent job.
“Varsity placed first in their division and are advancing to the state competition. Jayvee also placed first in their division,” Weaver said by email. “We start the season in mid-October, so these students have worked hard. If you see them, please congratulate them!”
Other MHS coaches involved were Joe Le Weaver, Jim Rideout, Luanne Graham, Becky Rideout, Angela Autrey, Todd Buckner, Kristen Lewis, Bryan Harris and Elaine Ferguson.
High schools represented in the Science Olympiad were Ashe County High School, Charles D. Owen High, Chase High School, East Henderson High School, Hayesville High School, Henderson County Early College, Madison Early College High School, Madison High School, McDowell High School, North Buncombe High, North Henderson High School, Polk County High School, Robbinsville High School, Tuscola High School and West Henderson High School.
The participating middle schools were Bethel Middle School, East McDowell Middle School, Fairview School, Flat Rock Middle School, Foothills Community School, Madison Middle School, Polk County Middle School, Rugby Middle School and West McDowell Middle School.
Organization and judging for the Science Olympiad was provided by UNC Asheville faculty, students, alumni and staff, and by volunteers from many other schools, businesses and organizations including the NC State University Engineering Program, North Carolina BioNetwork, Sud Associates, P.A. Consulting Engineers, A.C. Reynolds High, BorgWarner Thermal Systems and the American Cryptogram Association.
The state competition will be April 28 and 29 at NC State.
BOX: MCDOWELL HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS
1st place in Codebusters --Chris Boyette, Alexis Sweazy
1st place in Dynamic Planet--Kimber Burleson, River Price
1st place in Helicopters--Jacob Whitson, Luke Sheaffer
1st place in Invasive Species--Allyson Rideout, Chris Boyette
1st place in Rocks and Minerals--Kimber Burleson, Kaleigh Jordan
2nd place in Ecology--Allyson Rideout, Pankti Sheth
3rd place in Amazing Mechatronics--Josh Jones, Paul Sheaffer
3rd place in Disease Detectives--Roger Moomaw, Chris Boyette
3rd place in Duct Tape Challenge--River Price, Alexis Sweazy
3rd place in Electric Vehicle--Paul Sheaffer, Josh Jones
3rd place in Forensics--Bea Sewell, Kaitlin Mathison
3rd place in Hovercraft--Luke Sheaffer, Jacob Whitson
3rd place in Material Science--River Price, Roger Moomaw
4th place in Astronomy--Kaleigh Jordan, Brittany Hartwell
4th place in Microbe Mission--Pankti Sheth, Tyler Young
4th place in Write it, Do it--Allyson Rideout, Luke Sheaffer
5th place in Towers--Josh Jones, Paul Sheaffer
1st place in Amazing Mechatronics--Channing Wellman, Katlyn Davis
1st place in Helicopters--Destinee Terry, Kyle Cox
1st place in Hovercraft--Destinee Terry, Olivia Bell
1st place in Remote Sensing--Katlyn Davis, Channing Wellman
1st place in Write it, Do it--Autumn Boyles, Sydney McEntire
2nd place in Astronomy--Channing Wellman, Katlyn Davis
2nd place in Chem Lab 2nd--Channing Wellman, Jarrett Cothran
2nd place in Codebusters--Maggie Buckner, Kyle Cox
2nd place in Disease Detectives--Katlyn Davis, Maggie Buckner
2nd place in Duct Tape Challenge--Lydia Hartwell, Elizabeth Curley
2nd place in Dynamic Planet--Morgan Whittemore, Charlie Moore
2nd place in Ecology--Autumn Boyles, Sydney McEntire
2nd place in Electric Vehicle--Morgan Vess, Dixon Cline
2nd place in Material Science--Turner Cline, Lydia Hartwell
2nd place in Microbe Mission--Charlie Moore, Elizabeth Curley
2nd place in Wind Power--Turner Cline, Jarrett Cothran
BOX: Foothills Community School Winners
1st place--Abigail Williams
1st place--Saige Patterson
2nd place--Cari Orr
2nd place--Claudia Taylor
2nd place--Grant Widmann
2nd place--Gretta Lamb
3rd place Chloe Phillips
3rd place--Graham Daniels
3rd place--Jesse Rodriquez
3rd place--Josh Corpening
3rd place--Kaden Elkins
3rd place--Peyton Nickleson
3rd place--Xander Gouge
BOX: West McDowell Middle School Winners
1st place in Write it Do it--Bonnie and Holly Marlowe
2nd place in Anatomy and Physiology--Nellie Rice and Avari Rector
3rd place in Fast Facts--Samantha Robinson and Avery Taylor
3rd place in Invasive Species--Avari Rector and Nellie Rice
BOX: East McDowell Middle School Winners
3rd place in Crimebusters--Hannah Laws and Haley Keseker
3rd place in Meterology--Ben Lee and Cade Jones
3rd place in Reach for the Stars--Hannah Laws and Abigail Deyton