MCC-Penn Valley hosts hundreds of Science Olympiad competitors

More than 300 students from 24 schools took part in the regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 4, at MCC-Penn Valley.

The 28 teams of competitors came from schools and districts including North Kansas City Schools, Park Hill School District, Blue Springs School District, Excelsior Springs School District, Pembroke Hill School, Notre Dame de Sion School, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, Platte County R-3 School District, Kearney School District, Richmond School District, Oak Grove School District, Lathrop School District, University Academy and Northland Christian School.

There were two divisions: B (grades 6-9, 16 teams) and C (grades 9-12, 12 teams). Teams could have no more than 15 students. (There’s overlap in the divisions because some middle schools include ninth-graders.)

Pembroke Hill took first place in both the middle and high school divisions.

Here are the top winners.

Middle school division:

  1. Pembroke Hill
  2. Oak Grove
  3. St. Paul’s Episcopal
  4. Kearney
  5. Notre Dame de Sion

High school division:

  1. Pembroke Hill
  2. Staley
  3. Oak Park
  4. Platte County
  5. Plattsburg

The event was led by two MCC-Penn Valley faculty members: biology instructor Terry Davin and English instructor Lisa Spaulding. They are co-directors of the Region 3 Missouri Science Olympiad.

In addition to Davin and Spaulding, “many faculty, staff, students and  administrators pitched in to support the many events that the students competed in,” said Yvette Sweeney, Penn Valley’s dean of student development. “And of course we couldn’t have done it without support from facilities, police and our food service colleagues.”

Sweeney also thanked Penn Valley’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, whose members “created activities to keep the students occupied while we waited for the scoring to be completed.”

The Missouri Science Olympiad Regions 3 tournament covers Buchanan, Caldwell, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties. (More on Missouri Science Olympiad:

Events have names such as Disease Detectives, Microbe Mission, Bridge Building, Wind Power, Electric Vehicle, Dynamic Planet and Invasive Species.

This year MCC also provided some programming for parents and siblings of the competitors, such as informational sessions on financing a college education.

MCC-Penn Valley has hosted the Missouri Science Olympiad regionals for about the last 15 years. For 15 years before that, Penn Valley and another college alternated as host.

Our thanks to KSHB’s “41 Action News” for coming out to cover the event.

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Here are some picture from the Science Olympiad awards ceremony courtesy of MCC-Penn Valley science/math/engineering/science division chair Nancy Harrington. (Click for the full Facebook album.)