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A team of students from Dallas Middle School placed fifth in Division B, the middle school division, in the Northeast Regional Science Olympiad competition on March 11 at Wilkes-Barre.

Casey McAndrew, left, and Sal Polit-Moran, members of team #4 from the Dallas Middle School, participate in the annual Science Olympiad at Penn State/Wilkes-Barre.

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Because the Dallas Middle School team placed in the top five, they will advance to the Pennsylvania State Science Olympiad competition on May 1 at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. The team is advised by Dan Flynn.

More than 1,300 students, coaches and parents from over 50 middle schools and high schools competed in the regional event. The students competed in individual and team events that tested their skills and knowledge in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology. The coordinator of the event was Daniel Blessner, a math instructor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

Science Olympiad is devoted to increasing student interest in science, recognizing outstanding achievement, and improving the quality of science education. The goal of the Science Olympiad is to stimulate interest in science through the excitement of competition, with personal and team awards.

Members of the Dallas Middle School Science Olympiad team are: Thomas Ketchner and Sam Williams, sixth-grade; Peter Shaver, seventh-grade; Dana Yu, Megan Fleming, Jeremy Peters, Marcus Wagner, Casey McAndrew, Skylar Velazco, Sal Polit-Moran, Lauren Fernandez, Krystie Oschal, Greg Struzdus, and Chris Lafratte; eighth-grade.

Students who individually placed are: Anatomy, first-place, Megan Fleming and Dana Yu; Robo Cross, first-place, Jeremy Peters and Skylar Velasco; Dynamic Planet, second-place; Lauren Fernandez and Chris Lafratte; Meteorology, second-place, Marcus Wagner and Greg Strazdus; Wright Stuff, second-place, Marcus Wagner and Greg Strazdus; Cave the Wave, third-place, Sam Williams and Casey McAndrew; Compute This, fourth-place, Krysti Oschal; and Reach for the Stars, fourth-place, Chris LaFratte and Dana Yu.

The Dallas High School Science Olympiad team competed in Division C, the high school division, at the regional competition. The high school team came in seventh place out of 32 teams.

Individual medals were awarded to A.J. Thomas and Brad Johnson, Cell Biology; Kaitlyn Reinert and Elise Fields, Disease Detectives; Preston Balavage and Nicole Clemson, Environmental Chemistry; and Emma Pfeiffer and Elise Fields, Fossils.

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