Science Olympiad held Feb. 18

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  POPLARVILLE – Approximately 250 students competed in the Gulf South Science Olympiad held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Pearl River Community College.
  The students competed in high school and middle school divisions in 15 categories in each. One team from each school can advance to compete in the categories at the state competition March 31 at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  Winners in the lower division categories were:
  Overall – St. Patrick, first; North Woolmarket, second; West Marion, third.
  Anatomy and physiology – St. Patrick, first; Pearl River Central Middle School, second; North Woolmarket, third.
  Bottle rocket – PRC Middle School, first; Petal Upper Elementary, second; Lillie Burney STEAM Academy, third.
  Crime Busters – PRC Middle School, first; St. Patrick, second, North Woolmarket, third.
  Disease Detectives – PRC Middle School, first; St. Patrick, second, North Woolmarket, third.
  Dynamic Planet – Petal Middle, first; West Marion, second; Petal Upper Elementary, third.
  Reach for the Stars – St. Patrick, first; North Woolmarket, second; Petal Middle, third.
  Rocks and minerals – West Marion, first; St. Patrick, second; Petal Upper Elementary, third.
  Scrambler – St. Patrick, first; D’Iberville Middle, second; North Woolmarket, third.
  Towers – North Woolmarket Middle, first; Petal Upper Elementary, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Invasive species – Petal Middle, first; North Woolmarket, second; North Woolmarket Middle, third.
  Ecology – St. Patrick, first; Petal Middle, second; West Marion, third.
  Fast Facts – North Woolmarket, first; D’Iberville Middle, second; PRC Middle, third.
  Wind power – West Marion HS, first; St. Patrick, second; D’Iberville Middle, third.
  Wright Stuff – West Marion HS, first; Northwoolmarket, second; D’Iberville Middle, third.
  Write It Do It – West Marion HS, first, Lillie Burney STEAM Academy, second; Petal Upper Elementary, third.
  Winners in the high school (9-12) division were:
  Overall – St. Patrick, first; Forrest County Agricultural High School, second; Pearl River Central High School, third.
  Anatomy and physiology – Forrest County AHS, first; St. Patrick, second; West Marion, third.
  Astronomy – Pearl River Central, first; Stone High School, second; Di”berville High School, third.
  Chemistry lab – Pearl River Central, first; St. Patrick, second; Stone, third.
  Disease Detectives – St. Patrick, first; Forrest County AHS, second; D’Iberville, third.
  Dynamic Planet – West Marion, first; Stone, second; Pearl River Central, third.
  Ecology – Forrest County AHS, first; St. Patrick, second; D’Iberville, third.
  Electric vehicle – Forrest County AHS, first; St. Patrick, second.
  Forensics – Stone, first; St. Patrick, second; D’Iberville, third.
  Helicopters – West Marion, first; D’Iberville, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Hydrogeology – Stone, first; West Marion, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Invasive species – D’Iberville, first; Forrest County AHS, second; Pearl River Central, third.
  Rocks and minerals – Pearl River Central, first; West Marion, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Towers – Pearl River Central, first; St. Patrick, second; Forrest County AHS, third.
  Wind power – Forrest County AHS, first; West Marion, second; St. Patrick, third.
  Write It Do It – D’Iberville, first; Seminary High School, second; St. Patrick, third.


Sixth-grader Anya Seals, in black shirt, watches the bottle rocket she and her partner, De’Lrun McGowen, entered in the Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad held Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College. They are students at Hattiesburg's Lillie Burney STEAM Academy and placed third in the competition.
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Judge Chris Christian confirms the raw egg that flew in the bottle rocket built by De’Lrun McGowen, center, and Anya Seals did not break when the rocket landed after a 4.2 second flight. The students at Lillie Burney STEAM Academy in Hattiesburg competed Feb. 18 in the Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad at Pearl River Community College and placed third in their grade division.
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Anthony Bui, an eighth grade student at St. Patrick High School in Biloxi, watches his airplane during Wright Stuff competition in the Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad on Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College.
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Senior Emilio Pitti, left, and sophomore Charlie Flowers prepare their tower for weight testing Feb. 18 during Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad competition at Pearl River Community College. They attend Forrest County Agricultural High School, which placed third in the tower category and second overall.
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Samuel Burge, a seventh grade student at Pearl River Central Middle School, watches his entry in the Electric Vehicle competition at the Gulf South Science Olympiad held Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College.
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Junior Brittany Belesky and freshman Drake Senseney watch a practice flight of the helicopter they entered in Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad competition held Feb. 18 at Pearl River Community College. They attend D’Iberville High School which placed second in the category.
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