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HMS students compete at national science event

June 6, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Students from Huntington Middle Schools Science Olympiad Team competed in May at the 2018 Science Olympiad National Tournament in Colorado.

This is the fourth time the team has competed at Nationals, according to a news release. The team has remained undefeated in the State Tournament, hosted by Marshall University, since Science Olympiad began in West Virginia four years ago.

The team was ranked 55th in the nation in 2017, and this year improved that ranking to 49th, placing in the top 20 in three events.

Andy Hong and Blaise Schray received third place in Wright Stuff, an event in which students construct and fly free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.

Claire Barrios and Hannah Singleton received eighth place in Crime Busters, and Blaise Schray, Maddox Schultz and Maxwell Wentz won 15th in Experimental Design.

“This is a whole team effort and whole team victory,” Leann Haines, Olympiad coach and founder of the program at Huntington Middle School, said in the release. “Each team member did an amazing job working together and doing

their part to bring about this big achievement. We are proud to represent Huntington Middle School, Cabell County, and West Virginia.”

Members of the 2018 Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad National team are Claire Barrios, Claire Burbery, Nick Copley, Mia Crookshanks, Jackson Drummond, Madi Fenn, Sydney Hatfield, Kyleigh Hoey, Andy Hong, Lily McGinnis, Jonathan Niese, Fiona Reynolds, Blaise Schray, Maddox Schultz, Hannah Singleton, Socrates Svingos and Maxwell Wentz.

For more information, contact Angela Nottingham at 304-528-5180.

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