June 10, 2023 1:36 am

MOUNT PLEASANT — Manistee Higher School’s Science Olympiad group will be creating a return trip to the state finals.

The Chippewas punched their ticket to the state tournament by winning a regional competitors March 18 at Mid Michigan College in Mount Pleasant, finishing with 39 points.

Benzie Central Higher College took second with 72 points whilst Cadillac Higher School’s 79 points have been great for third.

Manistee Catholic Central also competed at the occasion, putting 11th with 258 points.

Kevin Postma, who coaches Manistee’s squad with Bridget Warnke, mentioned his students “did astounding.”

“Following competing in a national tournament hosted by the University of California, Riverside and the Allendale tournament that attracts major teams from Michigan, they demonstrated that they knew their events and have been ready,” he mentioned. “These Manistee children can do science.”

In Science Olympiad, “students have the chance to discover subjects that generally they would not knowledge in their standard college day. For some activities, the knowledge is quite ‘hands-on’, as students generate styles, resolve difficulties and study the value of teamwork,” according to the Michigan Science Olympiad internet site.

Manistee Higher College students Sarah Huber (left) and Will Somsel compete March 18 in a Science Olympiad occasion at Mid Michigan College in Mount Pleasant.

Courtesy photo/Kevin Postma

The Chippewas won 13 of 23 events. Manistee’s initially-location finishers have been:

• Jack O’Donnell, Vincent Wang and Noah Maue in Code Busters

• Jacob Scharp and Luke Smith in Fermi Inquiries

• Anna Herberger and Avery Vaas in Cell Biology

• Dylan Madsen and Vaas in Forestry

• Ben Schlaff and Madsen in Green Generation

• Jarod Wright and Verda Korzeniewski in Detector Constructing

• O’Donnell and Wang in Chemistry Lab

• Adah Korezeniewski and Cecelia Sandberg in Rocks and Minerals

• Ceci Postma and Wang in Anatomy and Physiology

• Sarah Huber and Smith in Astronomy

• Ceci Postma and Scharp in Illness Detective

• Vaas and Annika Haag in Dynamic Planet and

• Ceci Postma and Smith in Create It/Do It.

Manistee students took second in the following eight events:

• Will Somsel, Haag and Madsen in Experimental Design and style

• Verda Korzeniewski and O’Donnell in It is about Time

• Schlaff and Huber in Forensics

• Herberger and Maue in Remote Sensing

• Ceci Postma and Scharp in Environmental Chemistry

• Maue and Verda Korzeniewski in Wi-Fi Lab

• Johannes Reuting and Adah Korzeniewski in Bridges and

• Herberger and Vaas in Rocks and Minerals.

“Every person was ecstatic,” Kevin Postma mentioned. “All of the preparation paid off.”

Manistee High School Science Olympiad teammates Will Somsel (left), Johannes Reuting and Hanna Konen pose for a photo March 18 at Mid Michigan College in Mount Pleasant.

Manistee Higher College Science Olympiad teammates Will Somsel (left), Johannes Reuting and Hanna Konen pose for a photo March 18 at Mid Michigan College in Mount Pleasant.

Courtesy photo/Kevin Postma

Kevin Postma mentioned Science Olympiad has 23 events each and every year in order to expose students to just about all fields of science.

The events, which adjust annually, can cover such fields as astronomy, circuit board coding, forestry, cell biology, epidemiology, airplane physics, projectiles, remote sensing, scientific writing, structure constructing, car physics, environmental science, chemistry, crime scene investigation and designing valid experiments.

The competitions let students to discover some of their interests at a deeper level than classroom instruction may well take them, according to Kevin Postma.

“If a student has an interest in science, Science Olympiad is a entertaining, competitive way to dig deeper into places that appeal to them,” he mentioned.

The Chippewas now set their sights on the state tournament, scheduled for April 22 at Michigan State University.

“The competitors will be difficult,” Kevin Postma mentioned. “We have not faced off against a lot of of the Detroit Metro schools and Science Olympiad is substantial in that area. We have some self-assurance, but we never want to be complacent.”

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