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By Gwendolyn Fruehauf, SGI Student Reporter

When deciding what after school activities to involve yourself in, consider Science Olympiad a viable option. Science Olympiad is 26 events relating to technology, earth science, ecology, chemistry and physics. Students meet after school from October to February to work with their partners and prepare for their specific events. The competition they are prepping for is in February. If their team does well, the students may go to states, which requires continued preparation until March.

Eunice Reinhold, a biology teacher at SGI High School, has been a Science Olympiad coach for 32 years. She mainly helps the students with biological events, write it – do it, and experimental design. She mentioned that this opportunity helps students prepare for the future. “They’re preparing for college,” she said. “Some of them want to be doctors and nurses, so they do anatomy and physiology. Some want to go into robotics, so they build the robot arm.”

There are currently 37 students on the team and Reinhold encourages more students to join. “It will challenge your brain,” she explained. “You will learn teamwork and perhaps even show interest in what college you want to go to.”

Elaborating on how Science Olympiad promotes teamwork, Reinhold noted, “There are two-person teams and they have to work together and practice together. Everything is a team.”

Amy Stabell is a tenth grader participating on the high school team for the first time this year. However, she also participated in eighth grade and assisted the middle school team as a freshman. Academically, she said that Science Olympiad helps with the learning process. “We’re starting to learn about gases in Honors Chemistry and I’m already studying gases for my event, so I have a lot of background knowledge on what we’re learning in class now. It’s a lot easier.”

For each event, there is a different method of preparation. Stabell educated herself on wind power, ecology, and chemistry lab this year. When asked, she descriptively compared her preparation in each different event. “Ecology is studying and you take a long test on it. For wind power, you have to study for a test on the physics of wind power and energy and you build a windmill and take it to the competition to see how much energy you can generate.” Lastly, she explained, “Chemistry lab is an event where you do a lab with your partner and answer questions about gases and thermodynamics.”

Although Science Olympiad is a very demanding involvement, there are many positives included in the experience. “You can learn a lot,” Stabell said. “It’s fun, too. It’s a good way to spend your time.”

She enjoys participating because of the difficulty. “It’s a challenge. You get to learn things nobody ever really taught you before. There’s everything. It’s crazy.” She recommends this club to other students, saying, “It’s a lot to do. It takes up a lot of time, but it’s really fun.”

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