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Waterville Science Olympian Go On To Nationals

posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:57 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 11:30 AM ]
Updated 4/14/17:
Waterville Sr High School steps in to represent Maine at the National Science Olympiad in Indiana after Waynflete declined. Coach Ramgren says the team has to work doubly hard to both refine their science and problem-solving skills while raising the considerable funds needed to get everyone to Indianapolis.  The team will leave Waterville on May 17th and return on the 22nd. 

Updated 4/3/17:
After a hard-fought match, Waterville High's Science Olympiad Team came found itself in 2nd place at the Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament held Saturday, April 1st. The team came into the competition ready to be challenged, and they proved that.  Out of the 23 events, Waterville finished first in six (6) events. In another five (5), they finished in second place and third in nine (9) more. This outstanding showing meant Waterville finished with a total score of 56 on the day (lowest score wins). Waynflete's Green team managed a total score of only 37 giving them this year's championship. Coach Ramgren praised the team by saying, "Our team members conducted themselves well and were great representatives of our school.  I am very proud of their efforts."

Science Olympiad Team 2016-2017
Primary:
Bridger Holly, Katie Lopes, Cecilia Morin, Anthony Pinnette, Nathan Pinnette, John Violette, Clio Bazakas, Natalia Fuentes, Nora Green, Merline Feero, Maddie Hallen, Jones, Carter, Adam Livshits, Ella Ruehsen, and David Ramgren. 
Alternates: 
Brock Jolicoeur, Jess Bazakas, Abi Bloom, Jordan Perkins, and Kevin Chen.

Coach Ramgren expressed his thanks to everyone for the support the team has received from the Waterville school community. 

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Neither rain nor snow... While we might think of this as the US Post Office's unofficial motto, it can aptly be applied to this year's Science Olympiad team.  National and local meteorologists are warning of a serious early spring snow storm for this weekend. Some educators wonder if the event will be delayed as much as two hours or even postponed. Faced with the warnings of as much as a foot of new snow tonight and tomorrow morning, the team is leaving this afternoon for Portland. Coach Ramgren said, "The kids have worked too hard to miss this, so if it is going to happen, we will be there!"   

The annual Maine Science Olympiad seems to have found a permanent home on the campus of the University of Southern Maine's, Gorham campus. This year's competition will be held in Bailey Hall and the gymnasium. Some events will begin as early as 7:45 a.m.; however, the official schedule reports events beginning after a short 8:30 opening ceremony (official schedule). Waterville's Olympic hopefuls have been preparing almost from the end of last year's national meet. A complete list of events and our competitors can be found by following this link.