Photo by Souad Abul-Khoudoud
Left to Right: Duncan McGinnis, Josh Griffith, Billy Gussler, Jackson Raich, Brayden Pack, Ayog Prasad, Coach Derick Elliott, Lee Lee Knupp, Will Gunning, Sarah Baird, Hannah Allen, Bailee Smith, Izzy McCloud, Sara Abul-Khoudoud, and Anushka Valsan. Russell Middle School Maroon Team for the 9th year in a row came in first place at the State Science Olympiad Competition.Science Olympiad competitions consist of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology; a combination of events from all disciplines. The culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university each year. From Kentucky, only the top team goes to Nationals which is taking place the weekend of May 19 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. This event is also broadcast live during the Opening Ceremony and the Awards Ceremony.