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RCHS Olympians going to state

RCHS student, Devaraj Tripasuri, prepares his helicopter wing for the Science Olympiad.

Science Olympians, Paul Bisesi and Devaraj Tripasuri, are working hard in the early stages of building their helicopter.

Article by Kathy Dunker with photos by Matt Gracey

Twenty six of Rock Canyon High School’s (RCHS’s) freshman and sophomore students attended the Southern Regional Science Olympiad tournament on March 3 at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The tournament involved two RCHS teams competing against other high school teams, comprised of about 450 high school students total, in 23 events of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The RCHS Science Olympiad team has grown in student participation and funding this year due to a grant from Fujitsu.  RCHS science teacher Matt Gracey remarked, “Our two young teams competed at a high level and both teams qualified for the state tournament by placing in the top half on March 3.” The state competition will be held at the Colorado School of Mines on April 21.

Some notable results included: 3rd place, Technical Problem Solving – Zach Stazick, Drew Holthaus; 4th place, Experimental Design – Casey Stazick, Gabi Bartmann, Mythreyi Ramesh; 5th place, Thermodynamics – Dan Gowing, Keith Hardaway; 16 top 10 results in Helicopters, Gravity Vehicle, Forensics, Astronomy, Optics, Disease Detectives, and Microbe Mission.

Gracey, concluded, “A group of incoming freshman approached me last year about starting a Science Olympiad Team at Rock Canyon since they had done it previously at Rocky Heights Middle School. Science Olympiad has been a great experience for these students as they engage and compete in hands-on engineering and science events. I really enjoy working with these students one on one and seeing them take ownership of the events they specialize in!” 



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