At a glance
Honors at the Mercer University Science Olympiad Invitational went to the following students from Vickery Creek Elementary School:
* Bridge Building: Rohan Anne and Siva Appana, first place
* Crime Busters: Carolin Addison and Anna May Carder, first
* Disease Detectives: Ben Chisam and Kyra DeLoach, second
* Don't Bug Me: Carson McCoy and Jacob Rogers, second
* Leaf and Tree Finder: Jacob Rogers and Vishnu Yella, third
* Mystery Architecture: Royden Kil and Luke Woods, first
* Paper Rockets: Carson McCoy and Luke Woods, first
* Starry Starry Night: Anna May Carder and Ben Chisam, first
* Straw Egg Drop: Siddhi Chitgopkar and Payal Patel, first; and Ben Carder and Pooja Patel, second
* Water Rockets: Siva Appana and Carson McCoy, first
It was nearly a clean sweep for Vickery Creek Elementary School at the Mercer University Science Olympiad Invitational.
The 18-student team nearly swept all 14 events, taking home 11 medals, including seven first-place finishes.
“They did so well,” said Lynn Lake Wolfmeier, teacher and science Olympiad team coach. “This was my first year and this has just been the most rewarding experience for me, seeing these children with these brilliant brains, just going to work and working together collaboratively. It’s just very impressive for this age group.”
The invitational was open to students in third, fourth and fifth grades from nine different schools, including two other Forsyth schools, Sharon and Kelly Mill Elementary.
Vickery won the competition, with Kelly Mill finishing third and Sharon seventh, in addition to winners in individual competitions.
Wolfmeier said students on her team had to be dedicated from the beginning.
“They had to first try out for the team, then they had to interview for the team,” she said. “We would practice every Friday ... and we have a lot of parents that are really motivated to help their children with this.”
Competition included both study and hands-on events. The hands-on areas included building a stable bridges, protecting an egg from breaking, detecting diseases and other challenges.
In addition to the Mercer event, Vickery will be holding a scrimmage in December to practice for the state competition next year. While the Mercer event doesn’t qualify Vickery for the state competition, it does make its future more challenging.
“The invitational really puts your name on the map and walking away with this title from the invitational is pretty exciting,” Wolfmeier said. “Except now, the students have set the bar. They have to work harder and wiser to continue to do as well and to continue to improve each time we compete.”