From Mr. Wayne Mullins: I wanted to pass a long a detailed
description of results. My goals for our team’s first encounter at the state
Science Olympiad level were to finish above last place out of 18 teams and to win
at least three medals out of 23 different events. This is about all you can
expect for first year students. We took 15 students to Knoxville last Friday for
an “all day Saturday” tournament. Memphis-area schools are particularly challenged as a result of the driving time and distance as we lose an hour to the Eastern Time Zone.
Final results will not be posted
until Wednesday, but I feel very confident that we finished in the middle third
of the 18 schools from division B (grades 7-9). The director at UT, Knoxville
handed out medals for the top six places at state level. We brought home seven
medals in the following events:
First place in the
state in Scrambler, an engineering event that launches a car towards a wall with
a raw egg mounted on the nose. The goal is to get as close to wall as possible
in the shortest time without hitting the wall. Ben Taylor and Francis Carlota
were supported on weekends by Harold and Carol Taylor.
Place in the state in Ecology. Our
student’s had help from Mrs. Lawrence. Several students in multiple events
commented about positive experiences from 7th grade Life Science this
year. William Lamb and Francis Carlota earned silver medals in this
Third place in Trajectory, another engineering event that launches a ball using a catapult device was accomplished by Ben Taylor and Michael Green. They were supported by working with Harold and Carol Taylor, Ben’s parents and some work before regional competition by Amit Shah.
Place in the state in Bio-Process Lab was
captured by Michael Green and Drew Hutson. Their success was due almost
exclusively to the lab experiences in biology classes offered by Coach Taylor
and Dr. Schwartz. This award is a great external reflection of the quality of
their lab experiences.
Fifth Place in the state in Dynamic Planet was awarded to Andrew Renshaw and Srujan Jampana. Their experiences in 7th grade Earth Science and several after-school meetings with Coach Beck were the source of their success.
Fifth Place in the state in Bridge Building was awarded to Jake Eissler and Ben Taylor. Mrs. Lawrence spent several Saturdays on campus with Jake while Ben was over in the gym calibrating trajectory and scrambler devices. Jake’s father discovered at the beginning of Lacrosse season how much he could help with several events. He did show Jake how to bend wood into arches with steam and promised to be more involved with multiple events next year.
Sixth Place in the state in Road Scholar was awarded to Andrew Renshaw and Thornton Brooksbank. Their success at reading and geometrical analysis of maps was based on experiences in 7th grade Earth Science and meetings with Coach Beck after school.
The overall success on Saturday
could not have been accomplished without the hard work throughout the entire day
by Harold and Carol Taylor and Cheri Hutson. They brought their own vehicles,
paid for their own gas, food and hotel accommodations while carrying luggage and
equipment from Memphis to Knoxville and back.
I knew the potential for success was great at MUS. I had no idea we could have a beginning that would turn out to be this strong. Many schools are now looking over their shoulders with concern about MUS and Science Olympiad.