MHS and MCC junior high win regional Science Olympiad titles

MANISTEE — It was an all Manistee sweep at the Regional 3 Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday when the Manistee High School and Manistee Catholic Central Junior high taems both won championships.

The Manistee High School Science Olympiad team won the regional championship on Saturday at Mt. Pleasant. They will now advance to the high school competition on April 28 at Michigan State University to compete against the best teams in the state.

The Manistee High School Science Olympiad team won the regional championship on Saturday at Mt. Pleasant. They will now advance to the high school competition on April 28 at Michigan State University to compete against the best teams in the state.

The regional competition was held at Mid Michigan Community College in Mt. Pleasant. The two teams will now advance to the state tournament on April 28 on the campus of Michigan State University.

For Manistee High School coaches Kevin Postma and Bridget Warnke, the win was extremely satisfying. The Chippewa coaches and team members have been working hard to put the team back into the upper echelon of Science Olympiad teams in the state.

“After missing out on going to the state last year, we redeemed our losses by winning the regional tournament,” said Postma.

Warnke pointed to a different approach to the tournament this year as the reason for their success.

“We attribute our success to competing at two invitationals against the top teams in the state,” said Warnke.

Postma pointed out that it all came down to the work ethic of this year’s team that put in plenty of extra hours.

“Our kids kept challenging themselves to work harder and harder as the year progressed and it paid off,” said Postma. “Bridget and I are very proud of them.”

Both Postma and Warnke also praised the parents of the team members and their teachers for providing them with a good educational foundation.

Eleven Manistee High School teams came away with first place medals at the regional and several students had more than one of those medals. They also came up with four second place medals.

The Manistee Catholic Central Junior High Science Olympiad regional champions celebrate their win on Saturday at Mt. Pleasant. The Sabers are coached by Ed Kolanowski and will now advance on to the states finals at Michigan State University.

The Manistee Catholic Central Junior High Science Olympiad regional champions celebrate their win on Saturday at Mt. Pleasant. The Sabers are coached by Ed Kolanowski and will now advance on to the states finals at Michigan State University.

For the past several years Ed Kolanowski’s Manistee Catholic Central Junior High team has been winning regional titles and this year they added another trophy to the case at the school. Kolanowski said the regional title was due to months of hard work by the team, mentors and parents.

“With seven schools competing this year it was particularly competitive because of the addition of several schools from other regions, but our kids accepted the challenge,” said Kolanowski. “The students were diligent in preparing for events which involved construction such as towers, battery buggy or hovercraft. Students worked especially hard at other events which involve studying and mastering scientific ideas and concepts that are beyond the range of the typical science curriculum.”

Being a small school means most of his students are also active in other activities, so they had to find the time for Science Olympiad practice. He said that really showed their dedication to the competition.

“They had to apply self-discipline and develop the ability to be independent learners,” said Kolanowski. “Most of the student preparation for Science Olympiad occurs outside of the school day. We have learned that  competition at the state level means they will have to up their game, and I am confident they are up for the challenge.”

Eight first place efforts were turned in by the young Sabers, and they also garnered six second place efforts.

The Manistee Catholic Central High School team finished in fifth place and coach Tamara Buswinka said her team is active in so many areas.

“This team is amazing because they do it all,” said Buswinka. “All but a few team members played girls and boys basketball or skied. Many of the juniors and seniors are dual enrolled at West Shore Community College and others are on the Quiz Bowl. They did all those things while trying their best to prepare for Quiz Bowl.”

Buswinka said that is why they set a goal this year of “do our best” for Science Olympiad knowing going in how busy the students are in other activities.

Science Olympiad Regional top medal winners

Manistee High School 

First place

• Experimental Design: Heather Antal, Brynn O’Donnell and Maggie Blevins;

• Fermi Questions: Liam Quinn and Maggie Blevins;

• Game On: Roger and Titus Lind;

• Forensics: Liam Quinn and Maddie Verheek;

• Microbe Mission: Maddie Verheek and Jack Holtgren;

• Disease Detectives: Eleanor Scarlata and Mason Schaubroeck;

• Optics: Roger Lind and  Mason Schaubroeck;

• Remote Sensing: Brynn O’Donnell and Nicole Weaver;

• Towers: Titus Lind, Jack Holtgren and Luke Herberger;

• Mission Possible: Titus Lind, Elliott Kamaloski and Liam Quinn; and

• Mousetrap Vehicle: Titus Lind, Roger Lind and Elliott Kamaloski.

Second place:

• Herpetology: Kiera Raymond and Eleanor Scarlata;

• Ecology: Magge Blevins and Jack Holtgren;

• Rocks and Minerals: Kiera Raymond and Maddie Verheek;

• Helicopters: Ashley Walle, Kiera Raymond and Luke Herberger.

Manistee Catholic Central High School:

First place:

• Anatomy: Sarah Bialik and Rylee Feliczak; and

• Helicopters: Joe Buswinka and John Slivka.

Second place:

• Hovercraft: Ali Stocki and Darlene Diep; and

• Mission Possible: John Slivka and Sean Dougherty.

Third place:

• Disease Detectives: Natalie McLinden and Nicole Kaminski;

• Rocks and Minerals: Max Papenfuss and Emma Smart; and

• Remote Sensing: Preston Picardat and Ali Stocki.

 

• Material Science: Preston Picardat;

• Eperimental Design: Joe Buswinka, Austin VanAelst and Nolan Fortier;

• Forensics: Ali Stocki and Sarah Bialik; and

• Herptology: Darlent Diep and Max Papenfuss.

Manistee Catholic Central Junior High

First place

 Crime Busters: Mateo Barnett and Blake Johnson;

• Experimental Design: Rachel Callesen, Taryn Kempf and Ashley VanAelst;

• Battery Buggy: Blake Johnson and Henry Hybza;

• Herpetology: Kaylyn Johnson and Taryn Kempf;

• Roller Coaster: Josie Ziehm and Mallory Meikle;

• Wright Stuff: Mateo Barnett, Blake Johnson;

• Hovercraft: Henry Hybza, Ian Kamaloski; and

• Road Scholar: Blake Johnson and Alex Shriver.

Second place:

• Towers: Mateo Barnett;

• Rocks and Minerals: Henry Hybza and Brendan McComb;

• Anatomy and Physiology: Kaya Watkins and Kyle McLinden;

• Write It Do It: Kaya Watkins;

• Disease Detectives: Josie Ziehm and Ashley VanAelst; and

• Towers: Alex Shriver.

Third place:

• Dynamic Planet: Rachel Callesen;

• Fast Facts: Mallory Meikle and Elena Pizana; and

• Optics: Elena Pizana.

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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