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Mt. Airy Middle School Students Compete in Maryland Science Olympiad

Release Date: 4/3/2009 3:29:31 PM

A team of 14 students from Mt. Airy Middle School competed in the Maryland Science Olympiad held on March 28, 2009. The team had the highest overall score and earned an invitation to compete in the national tournament to be held in Augusta, Georgia.
The Maryland Science Olympiad is a hands-on K-12 science program that includes rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments. The program seeks to improve the quality of science and technology education in all Maryland schools and enhance the workforce for Maryland industry.
Scientists and engineers from Maryland corporations, organizations, and universities oversee events in many scientific fields, including biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology. The events teach team skills, make science and technology fun, and motivate students to expand their knowledge and competence in science and technology. The competition also increases students’ insight into the investigative process by allowing them to “do” science through hands-on and inquiry-based exploration.
The Mt. Airy Middle School Science Olympiad team is an after-school club that began working in September to prepare for the competition. Each student competed in two or three events, ranging from building bridges and catapults to robotics and a CSI-like crime lab. Team members are: Brendan Shields, Luke Pappas, Tom O’Malley, Megan Messett, Juli Burnett, Tim Burnett, Kathleen Lasick, Jimmy Becker, John McAninley, Ben Katafiasz, Jenni Lowry, Kristen Lee, Alex Choi, and Sarah Picanso. Earth science teacher Melissa Hartley is the team’s advisor.
Mt. Airy Middle School appreciates the support that the community has provided for this program. The team is now raising funds for transportation and housing at the national competition. Businesses and community members who would like to make a donation may contact Melissa Hartley at 410-751-3554, 301-829-1314, or

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