2017 State Science Olympiad Is Here!
Unbelievably, it's time to begin another school year & another Science Olympiad year. We will be starting our next membership year on September 1, 2016 and ending on May 31, 2017. We are already enjoying emails and inquiries for more new teams for this year as well as still hearing praises for our semi-new state venue - Westminster College.
Our National Tournament qualifiers, both Middle & High School, Ladue & Pembroke Hill, successfully made it onto the national stage to receive many medals in May. Congratulations to all!
We will again be hosting our fall workshop at Westminster on October 1, 2016. Because of the resounding feedback from last fall, we will host the coaches portion the same, which is going over all of the rules for everyone, focusing on new events, and highlighting changes from the previous event. There will, again, be question and answer sessions for each event. We will also continue with the student workshop for certain events that coincides with the coaches workshop. We will be limiting the amount of students each school can bring up until 2 weeks prior to the workshop and the open it up until our max is reached. The workshop will have lunch available again and is a great way for everyone to see the campus.
We also plan to invite first place event qualifiers to state again. However, because of some issues last year, the board has voted to limit the first place event winners to teams that will not have a school represented by an entire team. For example, if Anytown HS has 2 teams and the first team qualifies for state, but the second team placed first in Bottle Rockets and Mission, the event qualifiers would not be able to advance to state because the school has a team advancing. The first place winners can certainly be placed on the state team as many of our schools presently do. Using this to select your state team is up to the particular school, but this year the second team will not have their event qualifiers that placed first advancing to compete at the state competition. This has been amazingly popular and we’ve seen an increase in about 180 students that get to have the state tournament experience as a result as well as teams who strengthen their state qualifying teams.
Our date for the state tournament is April 8, 2017. We are very aware of the complexity of trying to schedule around everything (your school events, prom, ACT tests, the host institution’s events and the lives of our volunteer judges and workers) and have done the best we can to avoid as many conflicts as we can. So as a reminder, if there are conflicts within your team or school, etc., this date is confirmed and conflicts need to be resolved internally.
A reminder to all, e-mail is the best way to contact the state office at email@example.com. As with all Science Olympiad officials, we are unpaid volunteers, which means we also have other jobs and responsibilities that pull us away from answering phones and e-mails immediately. All requests for information and questions are answered, usually, within 48-72 hours if not before. Please be patient.
I wish you great luck for the upcoming school year and Science Olympiad season!
Patty Palmietto, State Director
Missouri Science Olympiad