Student scientists from Maysville Elementary School rocketed to two first-place finishes in a Northeast Georgia Regional Science Olympiad Saturday, and their South Jackson Elementary School counterparts soared to a sixth-place overall finish.
Nearly 400 youngsters from 19 schools across the area put their heads together for the competition, held at Oconee County High School, including teams from all six elementary schools in the Jackson County School System.
Organized by the Oconee River Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center, a regional GYSTC located at the Northeast Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency in Winterville, the competition involved hands-on, time-driven work for the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.
The top four teams in 18 events were awarded medals, and MES students swept the rocket competition with first-place finishes in the Paper Rocket and Water Rocket contests. SJES earned a top-four finish in five categories to secure their tournament trophy.
JCSS teams were recognized as follows:
- SJES – second place – Barge Building
- EJES – third place – Data Crunchers
- SJES – fourth place – Disease Detectives
- NJES – fourth place – Grab a Gram
- WJES – third place – Grab a Gram
- SJES – second place – Mystery Architecture
- MES – first place – Paper Rockets
- SJES – third place – Straw Egg Drop
- EJES – third place – 24 Game
- EJES – fourth place – Water Rockets
- MES – first place – Water Rockets
- SJES – fourth place – Weather or Not
East Jackson: Lillian Bishop, BriggsWarlick, Daniel Wood, Noah Nichols, Piper Pennington, Olivia Warwick, Maddie Gooch, Emma Kate Holley, Leila Huss, Isaac Robbins, Matthew Sellers, Mason Smith, Jordyn Williams, Tallulah Williams, Wyatt Wilson, Cade Brown, Courtney Cameron, Bridgette Walden, and Matias Campos-Perez; coaches are Kaycie Rogers, Aimee Vickers, Dawn Brock, and Becky Huss.
Gum Springs: Emerson Wright, Allison Christiansen, Aubrianna Menard, Chloe Kubiak, Giovanni Dorsey, Gracie Ridgeway, Lauren Iancu, Brady Sun, Micah Sun, and Damian Drucker; coaches are Jennifer Simmons and Tammi Gowen.
Maysville: Chris Castro-Paz, Jordyn Stinchcomb, Emma Gamble, Kamdyn Dudley, Jude Fitzpatrick, Emory Kitchens, Rebecca Sinchcomb, Ryleigh Kate Martin, and Cyrus Ramey; coaches are Jennifer Plummer, Caitlin Alia, and Stephanie Purvis.
North Jackson: Eli Avrett, Alyssa Beatty, Aiden Bonner, Leilah Caroll, Abril Duran, Gabby Duska, Joe Duska, Claire Jones, Brook Lockman, Maher Magness, Daniel Nunez, Patrick Pearson, Anabelle Pittman, James Prather, Cain Rogers, and Cheyenne Smith; coach is Kasey Sheridan.
South Jackson: Savannah Brown, Camila Camacho, Alexis Cape, Jack Davis, Bodey Farfour, Brysen Henss, Robert Hollett, Norah Nichols, Ryleigh Nunn, Matthew Outon, Brady Saunders, and Kasen Wagner; coach is Thomas Wilcox.
West Jackson: Cooper Bowles, Alex Soto, Emily Carver, Reece Simpson, Rylee Dykstra, Addie Smith, Anistyn Schaeffer, Audrie Bruce, Lila Threadgill, Jason Lin, Keke Best, Danielle D’Albora, Madelyn Vanchiasong, and McEver Davis; coaches are Amy Tinnell and Kathy Venable.
In addition to Jackson County, Oconee River GYSTC serves the Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Madison, Morgan, Oconee,
Opened in 1997, GYSTC is a private, non-profit organization “designed to increase interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for serious study, particularly among elementary and middle school teachers, students and parents in typically underserved areas in the state,” according to its website, gystc.org/oconee-