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The Langdon Area High School (LAHS) Science Olympiad team were very busy in the beginning of January as they raised funds for their upcoming trip to regional competition.

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Posted on 1/31/15

By Melissa Anderson

Linda Hope, one of the advisors for the Science Olympiad team, explained the team will first compete at regional level at Bottineau Community College on March 26 in all areas of science. From there the top three teams go on to compete at the state level in April at North Dakota State University with a total of 24 teams combining both Class A and Class B. The LAHS Science Olympiad teams have placed at the regional level for several consecutive years.

All students who attend LAHS are eligible to join and compete with the Science Olympiad teams which are divided into two divisions, with 7-9 competing in Division B and 10-12 competing in Division C much like Junior Varsity and Varsity. Currently there are 10 members on the Division B team and 15 members on the Division C team.

“It teaches them life-long learning skills, critical thinking, team work, and time management” Hope said.

Dawson Schefter, the Science OIympiad Representative on the LAHS Student Council, has been a member of the Science Olympiad team for four years and coordinated all of the fundraising for the Olympiads this year.

“Our Science Olympiad teams rely heavily on the support of our community, as we are not fully funded by the school” Schefter said.

Students who participate in the Science Olympiad have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of events such as building and testing a device, or other events that require students to compile notes and compete by writing a test. The goal of the events is to score higher than opposing teams with the highest score winning.

“I feel as though Science Olympiad provides students interested in non-athletic activities a place to not only educate themselves in what they’re interested in, but also compete and have fun doing so” Schefter stated.

Fellow teammate Jakob Iverson had this to say about the Science Olympiad “It keeps me busy and focused on doing what I enjoy.”

“Being in Science Olympiad gives me a chance to compete in both what I enjoy and what I’m good at.” Amanda Thompson, another teammate stated.

The money raised by the fundraisers and donations goes toward the purchase of essential project materials such as reference materials, building materials, robotics, and kits.

“When I reached out to the community, the support we received came in great abundance” Shefter stated.

Schefter stated that two organizations were very willing to help the Science Olympiad teams when Schefter began the fundraising process.  The Langdon Eagles Aerie #3454 donated $500 to the teams and the Masonic Temple, whom Schefter explained was instrumental to the success of the pancake and sausage breakfast and bake sale that took place on January 11 at the Masonic Temple of Langdon.

“Our pancake and sausage fundraiser was heavily sponsored by the Masons and would not have been possible without their willingness to give back to the community” Schefter said.

The hard work of all of the students on the teams as well as generous support from the Masons and the community helped the LAHS Science Olympiad teams raise over $1,400 to fund their upcoming season.

“On behalf of the Science Olympiad Teams, as well as our advisors Linda Hope and Christina Saylor, I would like to thank the Eagles, the Masons and everyone whom contributed to the success of our breakfast and bake sale, for their support” Schefter stated.

Good luck to the Science Olympiad teams as they study and practice for the upcoming regional competition at Bottineau Community College on March 26.

The Langdon Area High School (LAHS) Science Olympiad team were very busy in the beginning of January as they raised funds for their upcoming trip to regional competition.

Linda Hope, one of the advisors for the Science Olympiad team, explained the team will first compete at regional level at Bottineau Community College on March 26 in all areas of science. From there the top three teams go on to compete at the state level in April at North Dakota State University with a total of 24 teams combining both Class A and Class B. The LAHS Science Olympiad teams have placed at the regional level for several consecutive years.

All students who attend LAHS are eligible to join and compete with the Science Olympiad teams which are divided into two divisions, with 7-9 competing in Division B and 10-12 competing in Division C much like Junior Varsity and Varsity. Currently there are 10 members on the Division B team and 15 members on the Division C team.

“It teaches them life-long learning skills, critical thinking, team work, and time management” Hope said.

Dawson Schefter, the Science OIympiad Representative on the LAHS Student Council, has been a member of the Science Olympiad team for four years and coordinated all of the fundraising for the Olympiads this year.

“Our Science Olympiad teams rely heavily on the support of our community, as we are not fully funded by the school” Schefter said.

Students who participate in the Science Olympiad have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of events such as building and testing a device, or other events that require students to compile notes and compete by writing a test. The goal of the events is to score higher than opposing teams with the highest score winning.

“I feel as though Science Olympiad provides students interested in non-athletic activities a place to not only educate themselves in what they’re interested in, but also compete and have fun doing so” Schefter stated.

Fellow teammate Jakob Iverson had this to say about the Science Olympiad “It keeps me busy and focused on doing what I enjoy.”

“Being in Science Olympiad gives me a chance to compete in both what I enjoy and what I’m good at.” Amanda Thompson, another teammate stated.

The money raised by the fundraisers and donations goes toward the purchase of essential project materials such as reference materials, building materials, robotics, and kits.

“When I reached out to the community, the support we received came in great abundance” Shefter stated.

Schefter stated that two organizations were very willing to help the Science Olympiad teams when Schefter began the fundraising process.  The Langdon Eagles Aerie #3454 donated $500 to the teams and the Masonic Temple, whom Schefter explained was instrumental to the success of the pancake and sausage breakfast and bake sale that took place on January 11 at the Masonic Temple of Langdon.

“Our pancake and sausage fundraiser was heavily sponsored by the Masons and would not have been possible without their willingness to give back to the community” Schefter said.

The hard work of all of the students on the teams as well as generous support from the Masons and the community helped the LAHS Science Olympiad teams raise over $1,400 to fund their upcoming season.

“On behalf of the Science Olympiad Teams, as well as our advisors Linda Hope and Christina Saylor, I would like to thank the Eagles, the Masons and everyone whom contributed to the success of our breakfast and bake sale, for their support” Schefter stated.

Good luck to the Science Olympiad teams as they study and practice for the upcoming regional competition at Bottineau Community College on March 26.