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Grade school’s science olympiad team takes sixth place at state meet

The Big Timber Grade School science olympiad team took sixth place at the Montana Science Olympiad state meet Nov. 21 at Montana State University.

The top-10 finish was an improvement from 14th just a year ago, and featured four olympiad medalists. 

Eighth-grader Karley Garton and ninth-grader Shilo Knadler led BTGS with its best mark of the afternoon, a second-place finish in the Towers competition. 

In Experimental Design, ninth-graders Emelia Bullock, Leslie Edden and Knadler took third-place, while sixth-graders Sophia Hughes and Elyse Tuscano took third as well in Hovercraft. 

Alana Holderman and Aiden Knadler, both sixth-graders, took fourth in Battery Buggy for BTGS’s other top-five finisher.

Betty Alexander, who is the team’s coordinator, said a large portion of this year’s team is comprised of sixth-graders, which is the youngest a competitor can be in Division B (sixth through ninth-graders). With the team so young but still so successful, the up-and-coming minds have a shot to bring Big Timber back to its glory days. 

“These kids were willing to put in a lot of extra hours getting ready,” Alexander said. “And what’s nice is there’s build it tests, test taking ability tests and both. So, it hits on all the skills. Some kids are better than others at certain tests.”The Big Timber Grade School science olympiad team took sixth place at the Montana Science Olympiad state meet Nov. 21 at Montana State University.

The top-10 finish was an improvement from 14th just a year ago, and featured four olympiad medalists. 

Eighth-grader Karley Garton and ninth-grader Shilo Knadler led BTGS with its best mark of the afternoon, a second-place finish in the Towers competition. 

In Experimental Design, ninth-graders Emelia Bullock, Leslie Edden and Knadler took third-place, while sixth-graders Sophia Hughes and Elyse Tuscano took third as well in Hovercraft. 

Alana Holderman and Aiden Knadler, both sixth-graders, took fourth in Battery Buggy for BTGS’s other top-five finisher.

Betty Alexander, who is the team’s coordinator, said a large portion of this year’s team is comprised of sixth-graders, which is the youngest a competitor can be in Division B (sixth through ninth-graders). With the team so young but still so successful, the up-and-coming minds have a shot to bring Big Timber back to its glory days. 

“These kids were willing to put in a lot of extra hours getting ready,” Alexander said. “And what’s nice is there’s build it tests, test taking ability tests and both. So, it hits on all the skills. Some kids are better than others at certain tests.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Big Timber Grade School’s science olympiad team pose for a picture after the day-long competition in Bozeman. Pictured, not in any order, are: Emilea Bullock, Jake Chulyak, Ty Cowell, Dylan Cowell, Leslie Edden, Karley Garton, Alana Holderman, Sophia Hughes, Shilo Knadler, Aiden Knadler, Khannar Martin-Scroggins, Catlin Miller, Mollie Mae Ruth and Elyse Tuscano. (Submitted by Betty Alexander)

By STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Pioneer Staff Writer

 

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