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KJH Science Olympians Take Silver at Regional Comp

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Kearney, Mo., February 26, 2024: The Kearney Junior High Bulldogs flexed their brains in an impressive display and earned second place at the Science Olympiad regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 24 at William Jewell College.

The KJH team earned one gold, four silvers and six bonzes at the regional event. Their outstanding results qualified the team for the state competition to be held on April 6 at Missouri State University. Junior high science teacher Kim Vanfossan and math teacher Kathy Spero sponsor the team.

Science Olympiad is an academic competition where a team of up to 15 students compete in a total of 23 different events that range from building devices to studying specific scientific disciplines, according to the Missouri Science Olympiad website. Science Olympiad teammates collaborate to become experts in their events, studying in both school-designated practices and on their own to prepare for the competitions.

KJH Results:

  • 1st place – Air Trajectory (Landon Morrill and Luke Vanderstel)
  • 2nd place – Can’t Judge a Powder (Landon Morrill and Myka Sitton)
  • 2nd place – Codebusters (Katie Shaw, Charlie Shaw, and Logan Daugherty)
  • 2nd place – Roller Coaster (Aiden Tanner and Logan Daugherty)
  • 2nd place – Towers (Owen Katzer and Daniel Shepherd)
  • 3rd place – Disease Detectives (Luke Vanderstel and Jaxon Perez)
  • 3rd place – Ecology (Daniel Shepherd and Owen Katzer)
  • 3rd place – Experimental Design (Landon Morrill, Luke Vanderstel, and Aiden Tanner)
  • 3rd place – Microbe Mission (Myka Sitton and Trevor Meyer)
  • 3rd place – Road Scholar (Daniel Shepherd and Charlie Shaw)
  • 3rd place – Write It, Do It (Landon Morrill and Luke Vanderstel)

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