Eight Years Straight, FAHS Science Olympiad Team Continues County Streak

Posted on February 6, 2015 by


On 9 January 2015, Fleetwood Area High School’s Science Olympiad team won the Berks County Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament. This was the team’s eighth consecutive county title. Fleetwood finished first out of thirteen teams.

Twenty-three students from Fleetwood competed in a variety of events, covering many scientific areas, including physics, biology, astronomy, ecology, and many others.

Certain events required a team of two to complete a test on a specific topic, while others involved constructing and testing a structure or vehicle to accomplish certain tasks. “B teams” were also set up for students to compete for experience despite not being able to compete for points.

Fleetwood placed first in six of the twenty-three events: Entomology (Sophomore Adam Cook and Senior Joe Cammarano), Anatomy and Physiology (Seniors Rachel Keirstead and Kali Galeassi), It’s About Time (Seniors Matt Oross and Issac Cook), Dynamic Planet (Senior Matt Leibman and Sophomore Carly Mitchell), Disease Detective (Seniors Rachel Keirstead and Kali Galeassi), and Green Generation (Sophomores Carly Mitchell and Ben Schittler).

The team placed second in four events, and third in five events, placing in fifteen events overall. Despite the initial success, everyone on the team knows there is still work to be done if they want to reach their goals.

“As always, we want to win Regionals and finish in the top ten in States. Going towards Regionals, kids need to learn from their mistakes and improve from there,” science teacher and head coach Todd Dreisbach said.

Up next for the high school team is the Regional Competition held on 10 March at Kutztown University. The top qualifiers at Regionals advance to the State Competition, which is held at Juniata College in April. If Fleetwood qualifies, it will be their seventeenth straight time advancing to the State Competition.

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