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:
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
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
Sumobots - Emily Fabian, Juliana Beratta
Storm the Castle - Mike Abbott, Sean King
Write It, Do It - Mike Abbott, Sean King
Mag-Lev Cars - Mike Abbott, Sean King
Batty Buggy - Nick Pinkowski
Junkyard Challenge - Emily Fabian, Juliana Beratta
Dynamic Planet - Steve Hogan, Mark Tompkins
Experimental Design - Dylan Felty, Mike Clark
Bottle Rocket - Steve Fournier, Tristan Wiley
Helicopter - Nick Destefano, John McManus
Optics - Mike Clark, Dylan Felty
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.