Driver Middle School Science Olympiad places fifth at regionals

The Driver Middle School Science Olympiad Team placed fifth at the Regional Science Olympiad competition held March 5 at East Syracuse-Minoa High School. The fifth-place performance qualifies the DMS team as a regional alternate for the state championships.

The Science Olympiad tournament begins at the regional level and progresses through state and national competitions. This year's DMS team was coached by science teachers Hannah Naczi and Jessica Hehl.

The team included sixth grade students under the guidance of DMS elementary science lab instructor Mary Jo Hoeft. The success of the team is reflective of several months of preparation, creativity, and dedication that the DMS competitors put into their individual projects. The 31 team members include:

Team #14

Seventh grade - Cecil Nelson, Josh Greenfield

Eighth grade - Mike Abbott, Sean King, Mike Clark, Dylan Felty, Julianna Beratta, Abbi Rix, Corey Palmer, Nick Pinkowski

Ninth grade - Steve Hogan, Geoffrey Golick, Mark Tompkins, Emily Fabian, Eli Parrish

Team #25

Sixth grade - M.C. Coon, Dan Cusick, Mickael Welch, Steve Fournier, Tristan Wiley, Abby Vetsch, Sarah Rohe, Mike Spicer, Kevin Brown, Nick Destefano, John McManus, Will Kisil, Shelby Panek, Kira Hawes, Abby VanCamp

Seventh grade - Colin McCormick

Individual medal winners

First place

Sumobots - Emily Fabian, Juliana Beratta

Storm the Castle - Mike Abbott, Sean King

Write It, Do It - Mike Abbott, Sean King

Second place

Mag-Lev Cars - Mike Abbott, Sean King

Third place

Batty Buggy - Nick Pinkowski

Junkyard Challenge - Emily Fabian, Juliana Beratta

Fourth place

Dynamic Planet - Steve Hogan, Mark Tompkins

Experimental Design - Dylan Felty, Mike Clark

Bottle Rocket - Steve Fournier, Tristan Wiley

Helicopter - Nick Destefano, John McManus

Fifth place

Optics - Mike Clark, Dylan Felty

Sixth place

Ecology - Steve Hogan, Geoff Golick

Junkyard Challenge - Steve Fournier, Tristan Wiley

Steve Hogan and Geoff Golick just missed a medal with a 7th place finish and Geoff placed ninth in the Fossils competition. Geoff worked alone as he filled in at the last minute and still managed a high place finish with limited resources.

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