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Bloomington high schools to compete in state science competition

Bloomington Kennedy and Jefferson high schools’ Science Olympiad teams have both advanced to the Minnesota Science Olympiad competition after placing among the top eight teams at the regional level.

Kennedy tied for first and Jefferson finished seventh to advance to the state Science Olympiad competition on Saturday, March 3, at Bethel University.

Individual medal winners at the regional tournament from Kennedy are:
  • Dillon Ackerman and Rachael Chhang, first in Dynamic Planet
  • Savannah Salato and Madison Chesky, first in Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ella Anderson and Madison Chesky, first in Write It Do It
  • Dillon Ackerman and Savannah Salato, second in Microbe Mission
  • Gunnar Anderson and Alex Thomson, third in Hovercraft
  • Ben Griesel and Jordan Thomson, third in Towers
  • Rachael Chhang and Aley Rosas-Mondragon, third in Materials Science
  • Dillon Ackerman and Richmond Tu, third in Fermi Questions
Individual medal winners at the regional tournament from Jefferson are:
  • Kenny Peng and Freddy Alonzi, second in Fermi Questions
  • Freddy Alonzi and Ryan Martz, third in Mousetrap Vehicle
  • Daria Weinzierl and Elyse Cooke, third in Herpetology
  • Natalia Weinzierl and Ryan Martz, third in Remote Sensing
Kennedy team coaches are David Doty, Cory Elsmore, Claire Humes and Vinh Phung. Jefferson team coaches are Cory Carufel and Jon Leverenz.

Science Olympiad is a competition with several event categories. Teams of 15 students form groups of 2-3 students to compete in each event, with most students competing in multiple events. The state competition consists of 22 event categories such as astronomy, disease detectives, experimental design, herpetology, mousetrap vehicle, thermodynamics and more.