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February 27, 2018

"TMSA Rocks Science Olympiad "

TMSA High School Science Olympiad Team

TMSA Rocks Science Olympiad

The TMSA high school Science Olympiad team competed in Division C at the Southeast Raleigh High School Regional on February 3, 2018

The TMSA high school Science Olympiad team competed in Division C at the Southeast Raleigh High School Regional on February 3, 2018. Science Olympiad is popular in North Carolina with more than 900 teams from elementary to high school participating in 2017. It gives students who enjoy science and engineering a chance to represent their school in a competition against other schools in a way that is similar to how athletic teams compete (see https://www.sciencenc.com/ for more information). The TMSA middle school Science Olympiad team has been going strong for many years, but this was the first year that TMSA high school fielded a full team of 18 students plus two alternates to cover all of the events. There were four periods of competition throughout the day with twenty four different events on topics related to biology, chemistry, physics, math, and engineering.

The team had an exciting day with some ups and downs - students came out of some events thinking they did well, and for others they were less confident. There was some time for team-bonding and watching some of the build events show off their contraptions in the gyms and the auditorium. The award ceremony at the end of the day was well attended. Medals were presented for each event and then for the teams overall. The middle school awards were presented first, and the TMSA middle school had many medals and ended up with a solid fifth place finish that qualified them to go to the state tournament at N.C. State University in April.

As a brand new team, the TMSA high school team did not know what to expect as they were competing at a Regional against many experienced and high-calibur schools (e.g., Green Hope, Panther Creek, Cardinal Gibbons). As they started announcing the awards, the team was thrilled to learn they earned medals in the first three events called - so we weren’t going home empty-handed! By the end, the team earned medals in 10 of the 18 events, resulting in a 9th place overall finish. This was a phenomenal result for our first full team at a very competitive Regional! There was one first place medal earned by Shrija Mishra and Jason Cobb in Remote Sensing. The NCSO first place overall winners program allows these students to represent TMSA at the State competition in April. Other medals earned were: 7th in Amazing Mechatronics (Jason and Rahul Bhatia), 2nd in Anatomy and Physiology (Kwahish Sharma and Eshaa Vijay), 2nd in Astronomy (Shruti Marota and Eshaa), 2nd in Disease Detectives (Jason and Shrija), 2nd in Dynamic Planet (Jason and Sekou Samoura), 7th in Forensics (Aditya and Shruti), 5th in Helicopters (Aditya and Luis Salas), 3rd in Mission Possible (Aditya and Rahul), and 6th in Rocks and Minerals (Joel Biju).

All of the students worked very hard throughout the fall and winter and learned a lot along the way to earn their medals and other placings. They were supported in this by their coaches: Mr. Eskintan, Mrs. Shankar (mother of Aditya Shankar), and Ms. Eyth (mother of Jason Cobb). Parental support in bringing students to practices, providing lunches on Saturdays, and in procuring supplies was also much appreciated. The coaches and students were excited by this year’s result and are already planning to create a more competitive team next year with a goal of the whole team qualifying for the State competition. If you think you might be interested, keep an eye out early next school year for information on how to try out for next year’s team!