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Four teams punch their ticket to state in Region 2 Science Olympiad

(Photo Courtesy/Melissa Doubek) Students identify fossils during a competition in the Science Olympiad.

Alpena, Mich. — Some of the brightest young minds on the sunrise side put their skills to the test this afternoon at the Region 2 Science Olympiad.

Junior High (Division B) and High School (Division C) students competed in all different types of science challenges to try and punch a ticket to state. Whether it was water quality, meteorology, or circuit lab, the goal was to end up with the least amount of points possible.

Region 2 Director Deb Hautau knows that the competition is fun, but it’s the experience and challenges that inspire students to further their knowledge.

“The kids get skills here that are going to carry them through college,” said Hautau. “I have, running events for me, kids who had gone through the Science Olympiad program several years ago, which now they are coming back, and they are saying “this helped me so much,” with the careers they are choosing.”

With a full day of competition in the books, the future scientists had some fun before the final results were tallied. In Division B St. Ignatius in Rogers City and C.O.A.C. Homeschoolers advanced. In Division C, Mackinaw City and Alpena High School earned a ticket to state. 10 schools competed in today’s regional.

Competing Schools (in no particular order)

Division B: C.O.A.C. Homeschoolers, Hillman Community Jr. High, St. Ignatius Catholic School, Tawas Area Jr. High, Thunder Bay Jr. High

Division C: Alpena High School, Hillman Community Sr. High, Mackinaw City High, Oscoda High, Tawas High