4/3/2013 7:56:00 AM 4 GHMS students are state champs in Science Olympiad Pentathlon event
The Glassford Hill Middle School Science Olympiad team traveled to Scottsdale on March 23 for the 28th Annual Arizona Science Olympiad Tournament for middle school students. Four GHMS students earned a gold medal in the Pentathlon event. First row, from left, are Bethanie Clesari, Amber Weaver, Taidyme Roth, and Bella Beilfuss; second row, from left, are coach John Colgan, Trytan White, Tyler Henrich, coach Tom Roberts, Brandon First and coach Chris Dalpiaz.
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Glassford Hill Middle School sent a team of seven students under coaches Chris Dalpiaz, John Colgan and Tom Roberts to the 28th Annual Arizona Science Olympiad Tournament for middle school students at Mountainside Middle School in Scottsdale. The State final tournament, in which 28 teams from across Arizona competed, wrapped up a seven-month long season on March 23.
Earning a gold medal in the Pentathlon event is the team of Bethany Clesari, Brandon First, Taidyme Roth and Amber Weaver.
The Pentathlon is a timed event, and the best time with the most correct academic challenges wins. Each member of the team has to complete an academic challenge - a matching or multiple choice science question - then complete a physical challenge. The first individual then passes the baton to the next member of the team. Once all members finish the challenges, the team competes as a group to solve yet another academic and physical challenge.
Taidyme Roth and Amber Weaver also brought home a sixth place in Write It Do It and a seventh place in Rotor Egg Drop. Brandon First and Bethany Clesari earned a seventh place in Metric Mastery. Trytan White took eighth place in the Picture This trial event. Other team members included seventh graders Bella Beilfuss and Tyler Henrich.
Paragon Science Academy in Chandler is the 2013 state champion and will represent Arizona at the National Competition in Canton, Ohio, in May.
GHMS Principal Terri Matteson has been the state director for the middle school division since 2006, and with the National Science Olympiad program for 25 years. Matteson said she is stepping down from the state director's position in June so she can work with the GHMS team to continue building the program at Glassford Hill.