Members of the Macon R-I High School Science Olympiad team competed in the regional tournament at Truman State University in Kirksville on Feb. 23.
The young scientists finished as the second place overall team in the region.
"We have competed in the Science Olympiad for six years, but this is the first time we have placed," said team advisor Tarra Shoemaker. "Kirksville usually dominates this competition and they finished in first place."
Clint Coffey also serves as advisor for the team.
There were a total of 22 different events. Event award winners were:
• 1st place: Paul Shrum—Boomilever; Kavi Surapaneni and Jenna Herrin—Write It/Do It
• 2nd place: Autumn McLain and Sarah Whitaker—Materials Science; Allie Smoot and Jack Dwiggins—Disease Detectives; Cheyenne Smith and Jon Armstrong—Remote Sensing; Julian Farmer and Allie Smoot—Fermi Questions
• 3rd place: Kavi Surapaneni and Jenna Herrin—Anatomy and Physiology; Kaleb Welch and Hannah Grahlman—Forestry; Sabrina Outabia and Paul Shrum—Dynamic Planet; Andy Maxwell—Elastic Launched Glider; Autumn McLain, Sarah Whitaker and Jack Dwiggins—Experimental Design; Kaleb Welch and Andy Maxwell—Robot Arm
• 4th place: Mackenzie Reilly—Anatomy and Physiology; Mackenzie Reilly—Designer Genes; Cheyenne Smith and Jon Armstrong—Water Quality
•5th place: Kavi Surapaneni and Jenna Herrin—Chem Lab; Sarah Whitaker and Autumn McLain—Gravity Vehicle; Zoe Garcia—Robot Arm
The team will now advance to state competition that will be held at the University of Missouri in Columbia on April 6.