AHS Science Olympiad team places 11th at invite

ALPENA — The Alpena High School Science Olympiad team took 11th place at the Frankenmuth Invitational over the weekend.

Forty-eight teams from 27 schools competed in the event Saturday. Awards for each event were presented to the top eight teams with AHS earning four awards in separate events.

“We are very pleased about the outcome,” Science Olympiad coach Melissa Doubek said. “It was very difficult, many teams such as Troy and Stevenson are always really high in the state finals so it was very exciting placing 11th.”

In the remote sensing competition, teams used remote sensing imagery, data and computational process skills to answer climate change process questions regarding the earth. In this competition Angela Salacata and Jessica Ranshaw took home second place.

Two AHS teams placed in the helicopters competition with the help of mentor Kathleen Howard. The teams designed and then flew rubberband-powered helicopters in the aim of having the longest time in the air.

Kevin Cook and Ashwin Chhapamohan placed sixth and Jenna Peterson and Joshua Pokorzynski took seventh in the competition.

In the forensic event competition, with the help of mentor Nathan Lafarge, the team of Priya Pokorzynski and Megan Milostan placed fifth. Mentor Deb Hautau worked with the team to use powder identification test, hair identification and other analytical tests to examine evidence to solve a crime.

Doubek said the team has at least seven mentors who bring their expertise to the team giving students an added element.

“The reason we have been doing well is the collaboration with community mentors and people who have or had careers in science and technology who are sharing their expertise with the kids,” she said.

The team will next compete at the regional invitational at Alpena Community College on March 11. The team is seeking its 10th straight regional victory.

Tyler Winowiecki can be reached via email at twinowiecki@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688. Follow Tyler on Twitter tw_alpenanews.