Stellar performances by Allison Abram, Racheal McDonald and Emily Thayer led the Alpena High School Science Olympiad team to its highest ever finish at a tournament. The Alpena High School Science Olympiad team traveled to the 25 team Clio Invitational on Saturday and walked away with a third place trophy.
First place medals were won by the Wildcat Science Olympians in four different events. Thayer and Corinn Gehrke won first place in Boomilever. A boomilever is a device built to hold a specified weight a given distance from a vertical surface. Abram and Nika Lounseberry won first in Rocks and Minerals Identification. Abram also won gold in Water Quality with Sarah MacMaster. Water quality is an event in which competitors analyze and evaluate aquatic insects to determine water quality as well as answer other questions about aquatic ecology, water cycles, and aquatic chemistry.
McDonald and Rebecca MacMaster earned first place in Write It Do It. During the Write It Do It event, one student writes a description of an object and how to build it, and then the other student will attempt to construct the object from this description.
Other award winning finishes came from a secnd place finish byAbram and McDonald in Forestry, McDonald and Gehrke earned secnd place in Gravity Vehicle, Emily and Hannah Thayer earned thirrd place in MagLev, Zach Johnson and Scott Mettert earned fourth place in MagLev, Abram and Emily Thayer earned fifth in Dynamic Planet, and Ben Goren and Brandon Londo earned sixth place in Fermi Questions. Seventh place ribbons were earned by Gorne and Londo in Circuit Lab as well as Gravity Vehicle and Johnson and Scott Mettert in Elastic Launched Gliders.
Alpena's third place finish beat teams such as Ann Arbor Huron, Green Hills of Ann Arbor, St. Johns, Haslett, Frankenmuth, and Hartland. The tournament was won by Ann Arbor Pioneer and second place was Holt High School. Alpena will travel to Frankenmuth on Feb. 9. The Frankenmuth Invitational is one of the largest tournaments in Michigan.