Students compete in Science Olympiad at Vol State

Science Olympiad students at Vol State

Volunteer State Community College hosted more than 200 science students, from schools across the area Saturday, as they competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition. Thirteen schools sent teams to the regional event. They included Croft Middle Design Center, Hillsboro High School, Tennessee School for the Blind, Friendship Christian, Donelson Christian Academy, Franklin Road Academy, Knox Doss Middle School, St. Bernard Academy, St. John Vianney Catholic School, Father Ryan High School, John Overton High School, Pope John Paul II High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School. The top two high school teams and top two middle school teams will move on to the statewide Science Olympiad, which will be held at UT-Knoxville on April 27. The advancing teams are:

Division C (high school)

First: Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School

Second: Father Ryan High School

Third: John Overton High School

Division B (middle school)

First: Friendship Christian

Second: St. Bernard Academy

Third: Knox Doss Middle School

Five high school participants were selected as Performance Award winners for the event. They will receive a $500 scholarship for Vol State dual enrollment classes. They are: Alex Saavedra, Father Ryan High School; Python Chen, MLK Jr. H.S. (not pictured); John Bottei, Father Ryan High School; Tammy Guo, MLK Jr H.S.; Cecily Shi, MLK Jr. H.S. (not pictured); and George Pimentel, Vol State vice president of Academic Affairs.