Medomak Middle School Science Olympiad State Tournament Winners

By Amanda Shelmerdine | Apr 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Esther Lane Student members of the Medomak Middle School Science Olympiad team pose with their 5th consecutive 1st place trophy at the State of Maine Science Olympiad Tournament held on April 1st.

The Medomak Middle School's Science Olympiad team took first place for the fifth consecutive year in a row at the Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament held at the University of Southern Maine on April 1st. Science Teacher, Madelon "Maddy" Kelly and two teams comprised of 21 students, brought back to the Midcoast school a total of 22 medals and the Middle School champion trophy.

"For the past 30 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,000 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing event lineup provides a variety of career choices and exposure to practicing scientists and mentors."- quoted from the Maine Science Olympiad website

This amazing team is now in the process of fundraising to send 15 team members to Dayton, Ohio for the National Tournament at Wright State University on May 20th. The estimated cost to send the team and equipment to the national competition will be $18,000. This amount will cover the necessary costs of allowing the students to travel, stay and compete in the 23 events at Science Olympiad National Competition. The experience and opportunity that the students will be able to take away with them will impact them for a lifetime.

Community members and businesses can support our award-winning students in the following ways:

There will be an ongoing bottle drive at the Waldoboro Redemption, Townline Video Plus/Redemption or at Andes Variety & Take Out/Redemption. Please drop off your bags of returnables and specify that they are to be used for the Science Olympiad team. If your business is willing to donate returnables, please contact Amanda Shelmerdine at 975-6566 to schedule a pick up.

This weekend, the Medomak Middle School will be hosting it's 9th Annual Auction, benefiting school trips and other opportunities for it's students. The Science Olympiad team will be holding a 50/50 raffle at the event to help raise funds. The doors open at 5PM for auction item preview and the auction will start at 6PM. Concessions will be available for sale. Please check out the list of auction items at: http://www.msad40.org/files/Auction.pdf

Strained school budgets today are not able to cover the expense of a trip of this magnitude. MMS Science Olympiads must rely upon the generous support of family, friends, businesses and the community. Please consider making a monetary donation to help cover the expense for these students to travel to Ohio and show the world that the future looks bright with Maine’s youth. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Sponsors who donate $500 or over will have their logo appear on the back of the team jackets.

If you require more information or, have questions, please feel free to contact fundraising coordinator Mindy Gould at mindy_gould@msad40.org, 207-458-0340, or P.O. Box 162, Washington, Me 04574.

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