Photo by Souad Abul-Khoudoud
Russell’s Maroon Science Olympiad Team - Captured first place in the state after a rule reversal allowed Russell to defeat DuPont Manual. Left to right Michael Baird, Emily Henderson, Alex Nguyen, Claire Lyons, Ian Fried, Daniel Abul-Khoudoud, Taylor Hsieh, Alex Holmes, Ali Wilt, Cassie Wooley (the tall girl in the back and center), Daniel Sorell, Joe VanDeren, Alison Aldrich, Aaron Hoback and Sami Abul-Khoudoud: This was a competition among 25 teams in the State. Now at the National level, there are about 60 teams.
In an unusual turn of events Russell High School’s Science Olympiad team had a reversal of fortune as an error was determined and the RHS team was declared state champion.
RHS Coach Kirk Barnett said, “I received a phone call last night from the Kentucky Science Olympiad Director informing me that there was a scoring error in one of the events. I had earlier requested that they check this, because the score seemed erroneous to us.
“The Director then told me that Russell High School was the 2014 State Science Olympiad Champion and would advance to the Science Olympiad Nationals in Orlando FL, May 15-18.”
Russell High School Principal has nothing but praise for the school’s state winning team.
"Our students and coaches put in a great deal of hard work before and after school. I am pleased their efforts have been rewarded with the news that we are once again state champion,” she said.
The following is a list of students from each of Russell’s teams and their respective awards:
Russell Maroon Team - 1st place
Joe VanDeren - 3rd place Experimental Design
Ian Fried - 3rd place Chemistry; 3rd place Experimental Design; 3rd place Water Quality
Claire Lyon - 1st place Write It-Do It; 2nd place Material Science
Alex Holmes - 1st place Entomology; 2nd place Rocks; 3rd place Anatomy; 3rd place Water Quality
Daniel Sorrell - 2nd place Glaciers; 3rd place Experimental Design
Emily Henderson - 1st place Forensics
Cassie Woolley - 1st place Entomology; 2nd place Material Science; 3rd place Anatomy; 3rd place Genetics
Aaron Hoback - 3rd place Compound Machines; 3rd place MagLev
Sami Abul-Khoudoud - 1st place Bungee Drop; 3rd place Compound Machines; 3rd place MagLev
Michael Baird - 2nd place Glaciers; 2nd place Rocks; 3rd place Chemistry
Alison Aldrich - 1st place Balsa Cantilever; 1st place Glider
Danny Abul-Khoudoud - 1st place Glider; 1st place Write It-Do It
Taylor Hsieh - 1st place Balsa Cantilever; 2nd place Rube Goldberg Machine; 2nd place Scrambler
Alex Nguyen - 3rd place Genetics
Ali Wilt - 1st place Bungee Drop; 1st place Forensics
Russell Gold Team - 3rd place
Erin Henderson - 2nd place Water Quality
Devon Virgin - 2nd place Balsa Cantilever;
Aubree Zimmer - 2nd place Experimental Design; 3rd place Geologic Mapping; 3rd place Write It-Do It
Caroline Briggs - 2nd place Epidemiology; 2nd place Water Quality
Madison Gallaher - 2nd place Epidemiology;
Heather Short -2nd place Entomology
Lane McKenzie - 2nd place Entomology; 2nd place Experimental Design; 3rd place Glaciers;
Jessica Nance - 3rd place Glaciers; 3rd place GeoLogic Mapping; 3rd place Write It-Do It
Ryan Bronstein - 2nd place Experimental Design
Russell White Individuals
Johnny McGuire - 2nd place Gliders
Ambrosia McKenzie - 2nd place Gliders