Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

February 12, 2012

Young scientists compete in Olympic-style event at Goshen College Saturday

GOSHEN — Science took center stage in Goshen Saturday morning as 13 area Science Olympiad teams converged on a snow-dusted Goshen College campus to participate in the 2012 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament.

Modeled after the Olympic Games — but with a twist — each participating school fielded a team of up to 15 students to compete in more than 30 science-based events ranging anywhere from music and meteorology to physics and robotics.

Divided into middle school and high school divisions, each team did its best to secure one of three available slots — two middle school and one high school — that would allow them to advance to the state competition at Indiana University Bloomington on March 4.

Winners at the state tournament will then compete in the national tournament at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla., on May 18 and 19.

In addition to the guaranteed slot winners Saturday, one additional team from each division won a chance to compete in a “wild card” tournament set for March 10 at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette. The winners there will fill any remaining spots at the state tournament.

About 100 Goshen College students, faculty and community members involved in science-based occupations were on hand throughout the day to judge and oversee the various competitions.


Teams participating in the Division B category — grades six to nine — this year included: Bethany Christian Schools, Imagine MASTer Academy, Manchester Junior/Senior High School, Northridge Middle School, South Bend Career Academy, St. Pius X Catholic School and The Stanley Clark School.

Teams competing in Division C — grades nine to 12 — included: Bethany Christian Schools, Columbia City Hight School, John Adams High School, LaPorte High School and Mishawaka High School.

Northridge Middle School seventh graders Kelly Blough and Andrew Maas counted themselves among the approximately 180 students to participate in this year’s Science Olympiad Regional Tournament. The two made up one of seven teams to participate in the always popular “Tower” competition Saturday afternoon, where students have to construct a tower out of wood to certain specifications that is then graded on its ability to hold up to 15 kilograms of sand while weighing the least amount possible.

“They did really well,” said head Northridge coach Jen Cormack following her team’s performance. “They’ve been working really hard, and it’s a really light tower, which is really nice. Andrew came up with the design himself.”

While happy with his tower’s performance overall, Maas said he was hopeful it would hold a little more sand than it did before finally breaking.

“It did OK,” Maas said of the tower. “I was hoping it held a little bit more. I think it ended up holding around 10 kilograms, and the max is 15 kilograms.”

Even so, Maas said he’s not done with the Science Olympiad, and is already thinking of ways to make a stronger tower for his next competition.

“I definitely need to work on the design of my base,” Maas said, “That’s the part that broke last time too.”

Text Only
Breaking News
  • Clinton Frame leaving IN-MI Mennonite Conference over same-sex marriage

    After nearly 100 years of being in the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, Clinton Frame Mennonite Church officials announced it will be leaving because of the controversy related to same-sex marriage.

    July 24, 2014

  • Red D Mart armed robbery New Paris Police ask for public's help in identifying would-be robber

    Elkhart County police have released still photos captured from video of the man who attempted to hold up Red D Mart gas station, 68310 Ind. 15, New Paris, on Saturday, July 19.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Red Cross in urgent need of donors

    The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

    July 23, 2014

  • Huron Street residents under boil order

    Tuesday morning, Goshen water crews shut down the water main on Huron Street to replace a broken fire hydrant.
    The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area, which is Huron Street from West Lincoln to Pike Street.

    July 23, 2014

  • GN140723 CR34-Ind. 13 Crash 1 LaGrange man airlifted from scene of crash A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash at Ind. 13 and C.R. 34 at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday. Terry Fry, 44, LaGrange, was airlifted by MedFlight from the scene. Elkhart County police said he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with fractures to

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspicious blinking package with battery pack causes police to evacuate business area

    A package with a battery pack and a blinking red light found on the desk of an employee at MSC, 28551 Laura Court, Elkhart, caused police and firefighters to evacuate the area this morning.
    The package turned out to be a GPS tracking device and not a bomb.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cat beaten to death in burglary

    A house cat was found beaten to death following a burglary at a home in Howe Sunday.

    July 21, 2014

  • GN140721 Kosciusko Fatal Photo #2.jpg Fiery crash kills one, critically injures two in North Webster

    A fiery crash in North Webster left a Pennsylvania man dead and two others critically injured at 3:21 p.m. Sunday on Ind. 13, near Esterbrook Drive.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • GN140719 obit mcdaniel Jeanine M. McDaniel OSCEOLA — Jeanine M. McDaniel, 61, died Thursday afternoon at Elkhart Hospice House. She was born Feb. 16, 1953 in Noble County, to Everett and Nyra Lucille (Reynolds) McDaniel. Surviving are two sisters, Patty (William) Wray, Paducah, Ky. and Bever

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140718 Rosalie Bontrager senior fair queen.jpg Bontrager wins senior queen title

    Rosalie Bontrager was crowned senior fair queen at the grandstand at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday morning, July 18, 2014.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results