JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Barnwell Elementary School has advanced to the state-level Science Olympiad competition.
Barnwell placed third out of 36 elementary schools at the Fulton County Science Olympiad competition March 23 at Centennial High School.
Competing in all 18 events, the team was led by Barnwell science, technology, engineering and math teacher Katie Stiers and assisted by teacher coaches Leslie Black, Breana Rounds, Michael Metz, Caroline Power and Jennifer Boling.
The team was also supported by five Barnwell graduates from previous Science Olympiad teams and several parent volunteers.
Volunteers from Heath & Lineback Engineers, a Marietta-based company, also assisted by providing engineering support.
Barnwell’s Science Olympiad participation started in 2016. It was revamped in 2017 to make it a Science Olympiad Club for all students in fourth and fifth grade who wanted to participate.
This year, 60 students joined the club. In December, all club members were invited to try out for the team, and the final 20 members were announced in early January.
Stiers and her team of 20 students include fifth graders Abby Dowd, Agustin Trillo, Alexander Rossetti, Anish Kelam, Dylan Risner and Sania Singh. Fourth graders include Aaron Logigan, Angela Zhou, Andrew Kuehn, Aniket Tank, Avika Gupta, Cameron Kippels, Ethan Kushnir, Ewan Bolt, Kerrington Cox, Kevin Fan, Megan Latham, Riya Kumar, Rummaan Malik and Yusuf Ahmed.
The team spent early mornings before school perfecting their studies and builds and practiced at home on weekends. Team members also take on other roles throughout the school year such as science ambassador during Barnwell’s STEM week.
The team will head to Kennesaw State University on Saturday, May 11 to compete against more than 100 schools.