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By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

Burns Junior High students take third at Science Olympiad


Gary Collins/Pine Bluffs Post

Burns junior Tyler Humphrey puts sand in a bucket to see how much weight his tower could support before breaking during the Wyoming Science Olympiad competition last Saturday, March 25 at Casper College.

Competing in their fifth Wyoming Science Olympiad (WYSO), Burns Junior High students won their first trophy, taking home third place, in Division B.

The competition took place at Casper College campus on March 25. The WYSO is open to junior and senior high schools across the state and consists of two divisions: Division B for junior high students, which may contain 5 ninth graders, and Division C for high school students.

Eric Nelson, Physical Science, Physics, and Chemistry at Burns Jr./Sr. High School is the sponsor for the teams.

"Science Olympiad is a bit like a track meet of science events. Students can pick up to 4 events," Allen said. "Some events involve building things, such as a tower, a wind generator, or a hovercraft. For example, in the towers event students build a tower and then determine how much weight it can hold before breaking."

Freshmen, Rylee Nichols and Gracie Keiter competed in Division B and took first place in the Food Science event for their simple calorimeter. They burned food inside of it to find the amount of calories in the food. In the Reach for the Stars event they took a second.

Other students who formed the junior high team were J. R. Love, freshman, who took a third in Microbe Mission and a second in Hovercraft. Carter Kirkbride, freshman, took thirds in Dynamic Planet, Meteorology and Optics. Hayden, eighth grade, and Ryan Fogg, seventh grade took a third in Rocks and Minerals and a second in Wright Stuff, while Timothy Love, freshman, took second in Bottle Rocket. Tyler Humphrey, freshman, also competed.

While the students competing in Division C for grades 9-12 did not bring home a team trophy, they faired well in individual events.

Kestrel Medina and Roman Delgado, both seniors, took seconds in Chem Lab and Towers. Wyatt Ebben and Keenan Manlove, freshmen, also earned a second but in Hovercraft and a third in Astronomy, while Ebben took a solo third in Optics. Alexandria Williams, junior, had a third place in Materials Science. Also competing were were Sabrina Vorse, junior, and Connor David, freshman.

"This was the first time Burns has won a team trophy in our five years of competing. I was proud of how hard the kids worked and how much they learned," Allen said. "These events involve a lot of trial and error. Often the first try at a project fails and the idea has to be reworked."


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