Coweta students excel in Science Olympiad

by Celia Shortt

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Madras Middle School student William Meeks shows off his award at the regional Science Olympiad competition. 


Coweta County students continue to excel in many areas, and recently, four schools placed at the regional Science Olympiad competition and will represent Coweta County at the state competition.

The Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized program which gives students an opportunity to experience the practical applications of science. Teams of 15 students cross-train to prepare for 23 different events, dealing with mechanical engineering, technology, genetics, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, and earth science.

Coweta County Schools have a successful history at Science Olympiad, this year’s regional competition included. All three high schools - East Coweta, Newnan, and Northgate - had medal winners in multiple events. Northgate finished fourth in a regional event and will represent Coweta County at the state competition in March.

Madras Middle School placed second at the middle school regional competition and will also represent Coweta at the state competition. Newnan Crossing Elementary school and Brooks Elementary School placed first and second at their regional competition and will represent Coweta in May at the state elementary school Science Olympiad competition.

The Science Olympiad is special not only in that it fosters a spirit of competition for students, but also in that cultivates the spirit of volunteerism.

High school students play integral roles, as more than 50 students from all Coweta high schools and the CEC have contributed to the competitions. Usually high school students help develop opportunities for the elementary and middle school teams.

High school students also give up their Saturdays to judge events and help coach elementary and middle school science olympians. They even shared advice and encouragement with the younger kids and helped hand out medals to the winners.

The Coweta County School System currently has 15 different Science Olympiad teams in three different divisions - elementary, middle, and high school. ECHS has one of the largest programs in Georgia with three full teams competing yearly plus a number of students supporting the competition teams. Six of the Coweta elementary schools also have teams - Brooks, Poplar Road, Newnan Crossing, Ruth Hill, and White Oak. Coweta County also has four middle schools which field a team - East Coweta Middle School, Lee Middle School, Madras Middle School, and Smokey Road Middle School.



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