WL-S Science Olympiad Team advances to state tournament


The West Liberty-Salem Science Olympiad Team will advance to the State Science Olympiad Tournament April 26 at The Ohio State University following their third-place finish at the Piqua Regional Tournament.

The state competition will include the top 40 middle school teams and the top 40 high school teams from around Ohio.

West Liberty-Salem’s team consists of 26 students in grades 6-9, who have been working after school since November on 23 separate projects that cover various areas of science. Several events such as Boomilever, Wheeled Vehicle, Rotor Egg Drop and Robo-Cross require a device that must be built and tested ahead of time.

At the regional tournament, 22 WL-S team members won medals in 15 of the 23 events, including four gold, three silver, and six bronze.

In total, about 273 teams competed in eight Science Olympiad Regional Tournaments in Ohio. Nationally, more than 350,000 students are involved in the Science Olympiad program.

West Liberty-Salem student participants include ninth-graders Nathaniel Benedict and Connor Motzko; eighth-graders Tyler Gardner, Troyer Hostetler, Olivia Jacquemart, Michael Price and Raajih Roland; seventh-graders Hailey Duncan, Lauren Fowler, Peter Gelatt, Jacob Harmon, Kayla Hudson, Zach McCall, Tyler Motzko, Lauren Scott, Chloe Spencer, Emma Will, Zane Woodruff and Mikayla Wyandt; and sixth-graders Lee Ackley, Sam Benedict, Cade Clerico, Lizzy Davis, Michael Farquharson, Sebastian Furrow and Paul Kauffman.

The head coach is Cameron Spencer, and event coaches include Jim Naderer, John Hance, Jim Hoffman, Steve McCall, John Benedict, Mary Benedict, Colin Fowler, Jessica Kaiser, Jim Lemon and Joe Farquharson.