CIS wins awards at Science Olympiad

Published 10:51 pm Thursday, April 1, 2010

Students from Clanton Intermediate School traveled to Auburn University last Saturday to participate in the statewide Science Olympiad.

Going up against 26 other teams from Alabama, the fourth through sixth-grade students competed in 22 different events.

CIS students placed in the top four in eight events. Each student brought home a medal from the event.

The school placed fourth overall and received a trophy that is on display in its front office.

The competition gives students the opportunity to enhance their scientific and mathematical skills while competing with other students from across the state.

Events are designed to test students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills.

CIS science teacher Trish Karn said the competition also gives studnets the opportunity to visit a college campus, which many of them have never done.

This is the school’s ninth year attending the Science Olympiad and is the highest place it has finished so far.

“We are very proud of our students for their hard work and preparation for each event,” Karn said.

Karn said students practiced for some of the events before school during remediation. They also stayed after school every Monday beginning in January to practice.

Along with Karn, several CIS teachers helped coach the students for the various events. Those teachers include Dione Bates, Susan Hayden, Margo Bray, Brooke Sullivan and Courtney Connell.

The following students won award:

Price Walker and Briley Mims placed second in “Don’t Bug Me” event.

Joshua Reid placed second in “Orienteering.”

Jack Bragg and Bailey Watley placed second in “Rubberband Catapult”

Briley Mims and Brianna Hamlett placed second in “Straw Egg Drop.”

Emma Cleckler, Allison Ludolf and Destiny Headley placed third in “Hot Air Balloon.”

Destiny Headley and Tessa Thompson placed fourth in “Elements, Compounds and Mixtures.”

Allison Ludolf and Emma Cleckler placed fourth in “Leaf and Tree Finder.”

Breigh Anna Alford and Andrew Evans placed fourth in “No Bones About It.”