March 25, 2018
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Belfast Science Olympiad team takes second overall in meet

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
Belfast Area High School Science Olympiad Team members taking part in the Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament on April 9 at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham are (front row, from left) Jacquie Kahn, Jeremiah Kahn, Alex Njaa, Jesse Knight, Joel Knight, Caelyn Crosby, David Thomas, Grant Richards, Emma Mossewild, (row 2) Eve Norberg, Maria Swebilius, Geneva Bielenberg, William Coward, Captain Rachel Kahn, Captain Kate Howard, Noah Fishman and Jake O’Jalla (not pictured).
By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

BELFAST — The Belfast Area High School Science Olympiad team traveled April 9 to the University of Southern Maine in Gorham to compete in the Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament. Teams from 19 private and public high schools from throughout Maine participated, including Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, Waterville, Falmouth, Waynflete, Freeport, Mount Ararat and others. Students, working in pairs or in groups of three, competed in 23 rigorous science and engineering events throughout the day.

By the end of the day, BAHS had topped 17 teams to take home the second-place trophy. Medals also were awarded to the top three winners in each of the 23 events. BAHS students earned three gold, four silver and three bronze medals. In addition, most team members placed in the top third in their events, contributing to the team’s second-place victory.

Gold Medal First-Place Winners

Sounds of Music, Noah Fishman and Alex Njaa.

Protein Modeling, Rachel Kahn, Eve Norberg and Alex Njaa.

Tower Building, William Coward and Rachel Kahn.

Silver Medal Second-Place Winners

Mission Possible, Jesse Knight and Caelyn Crosby.

Ornithology, Kate Howard.

Astronomy, Kate Howard and Rachel Kahn.

Dynamic Planet, Geneva Bielenberg and Maria Swebilius.

Bronze Medal Third-Place Winners

Fossils, Kate Howard and Rachel Kahn.

Remote Sensing, Geneva Bielenberg and Maria Swebilius.

Wind Power, Noah Fishman and Eve Norberg.

Fourth Place

Mousetrap Vehicle, William Coward, Grant Richards and Jake O’Jala.

Helicopter, William Coward, Jeremiah Kahn and Jake O’Jala.

Ecology, Geneva Bielenberg and Maria Swebilius.

Write It Do It, Geneva Bielenberg and Maria Swebilius.

Community members and high school teachers who helped mentor students were University of Maine professor Neil Comins, Joel Knight, Scott Hall, professor David Lawrence, Tony Swebilius, David Sprague, and teachers Beth Baker, David Thomas, Charles Hamm, Mike Marshall, and Ted Pellerin.

The BAHS Science Olympiad team is available to give presentations to community or school groups as part of an effort to encourage student interest in science and engineering. Team organizers are recruiting more team members in grades eight through 11 for next year’s team and adult mentors with a background in science and engineering interested in working with students on specific events. For more information, contact Jacquie Kahn, Science Olympiad team coach at or 338-3510, ext. 316.

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