Casady's Science Olympiad Teams successfully defended their 2018 championships by taking first place in both B and C Divisions of the team competitions of the 2019 Oklahoma Science Olympiad State Tournament.
Winning the top spot at the state tournament has earned our Cyclones the honor of representing the State of Oklahoma again at the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, May 31-June 1. This is the eighth consecutive year for Casady's Division B Team to win the state tournament!
This year Casady sent four teams to the state tournament, which included two B Division teams and two C Division teams. Fifty-one students (32 UD students and 19 MD students) competed in 23 C Division build and study events and 23 B Division build and study events. Events range from Astronomy to Microbe Mission to Potions and Poisons to Mystery Architecture to Helicopters, and everything in between.
The B Division teams finished first and fourth at the State Tournament and have competed since 2012, earning the top spot each year. The C Division teams also finished first and fourth at the State Tournament this year. C Division teams have only competed for five years, and as four-time state champions, have won the state tournament every year since 2015.
At the state tournament, C Division teams placed first in 14 of the 23 events, which is a new record for Casady Upper Division students! B Division teams placed first in 16 of the 23 events.
"Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets," as stated on the Science Olympiad website. "Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal."
Students participating in Casady's Science Olympiad program work on their projects during the week and on Saturdays when they are preparing for a competition. Students began preparing for the Science Olympiad season in September and have participated in three local tournaments and tournaments in Kansas and Missouri. The state tournament is the culmination of multiple events that began in the fall.
Faculty leading the students in Division B are Shannon Semet, Aric Sappington, and Jake Staats. Faculty leading the students in Division C are Lisa Bek-gran, Eric Ebert, and Paul Marley.