The Fulton Science Academy Science Olympiad Team recorded its best performance in team history by placing 6th at the 2021 National Tournament. The tournament was hosted by the University of Arizona but was conducted virtually with students competing from home. The team qualified for the tournament by winning the State Championship.

β€œThis was such a sweet victory for our team,” said head coach Pam Walsh, recalling that last year’s state and national tournaments were cancelled due to COVID. β€œAll but two of our team members returned for this year, and from the start, they were super focused, diligent, and engaged, in spite of the challenges of transitioning to a virtual format.”

The team began virtual practices over Zoom in September and competed in ten virtual Invitational tournaments. The team never met in person until they gathered to film the team video for the opening ceremonies. β€œPre-COVID we would do a lot together as a team,” said Assistant Coach Julianne Oliver. β€œStudents used to love staying late on Friday evenings for practices and traveling and competing at in-person tournaments. It’s remarkable that they retained their enthusiasm and dedication. Each and every team member and coach contributed to our success this season.”

Principal Dr. Sener said, “knowing that there are over 7,000 science olympiad teams in the nation, this is an incredible achievement. I am so proud of our students and coaches. Now that we are one of the top 10 teams in the nation, we can aim for the national championship in the coming years. DREAM BIG!”

The team now awaits delivery of its sixth-place team trophy and medals. Students placing in the top ten include the below list, but every student placed remarkably well across all events:

Anatomy & Physiology – coached by Dr. Nagarajan

3rd Place – Aarushi and Varsha

Chiropterology – coached by Mr. Proctor

8th Place – Audrey and Ashley

Circuit Lab – coached by Mr. Ackaramongkolrotn

10th Place – Nick and Eric

Density Lab – coached by Mr. Ackaramongkolrotn

4th Place – Nick and Karthik

Dynamic Planet – coached by Mrs. Walsh

9th Place – Gann and Tejash

Elastic Launch Glider – coached by Dr. Guin

10th Place – Aarushi and Nathan

Fossils – coached by Ms. Beres

7th Place – Weston and Gann

Heredity – coached by Mr. Karp

7th Place – Aarushi and Siddarth

Machines – coached by Mr. Ackaramongkolrotn

6th Place – Nick and Eric

Meteorology – coached by Ms. Limpanatevin

2nd Place – Nick and Gann

Mission Possible – coached by Mr. Ackaramongkolrotn

3rd Place – Nick

Reach for the Stars – coached by Mr. Crigler & Mrs. Walsh

3rd Place – Nick and Gann

Write It CAD It – coached by Mrs. Stathos

2nd Place – Blake and Siri

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