Accolades to winning Science Olympiad teams
February 27, 2013 4:26PM
Updated: April 1, 2013 7:33AM
It just keeps happening over and over again. Porter County young people keep reminding us of how awesome and focused they are.
I have no doubt that, in the future, we will have some amazing scientists and researchers from our area. Indiana University Northwest hosted the elite Science Olympiad regional where 22 teams tried for the opportunity to advance to the state finals, which will be held March 16 at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The top four teams at the high school level included three from our area. Valparaiso High School Team A, Chesterton High School and Michigan City High School will be heading to IU.
At the middle school level, it should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever paid attention to the competition that Valpo’s Thomas Jefferson Middle School won first place with 16 golds, six silvers, one bronze, and two fourth places, followed closely by Chesterton Middle School and St. Patrick School Team A.
Garnering five of the top eight spots, we can all take pride in the educational opportunities students in our county are exposed to, and the way it shows in such competitions.
Parent Tim Henderson, whose son has been a part of the T.J. Special Olympics team for three years, noted that he never ceases to be awed at the expertise of these students with their college-level knowledge of working with scientific data to determine the “how tos” of complicated events.
Congratulations to all of you phenomenal Olympians, and best of luck at the state meet. You are my pet persons of the week, even if you do make me feel like I should be back in elementary school.
Another group of young students who deserve accolades is the Chesterton Boys Swim Team, who outdid every other team with their third state championship, all while breaking records.
Aaron Whitaker is the proud owner of two new state records in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, while teammate Blake Peironi is the 100 free new state record holder.
If you think “it’s just a sport,” coach Kevin Kinel would be happy to have you follow his swimmers’ schedule for a week, including 5 a.m. practices, and their academic schedules and homework assignments mixed with other necessary parts of their lives.
I am positive you will realize that a commitment to swimming comes with a commitment to their focused lifestyle — and it ain’t easy!
If you are looking for something to enjoy Saturday, March 2, how about spending an evening at the Valparaiso Elks Lodge for music, entertainment, food, door prizes, bake sale and more. The event benefits the Valparaiso Woman’s Club at 102 Washington St., which serves women in need.
Now the old building has its own needs — inside and outside — to continue to be a safe haven.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the Woman’s Club.
If you cannot attend, but would like to donate, checks can be made out to Valparaiso Woman’s Club Foundation Inc., and sent to First Source Bank.
Thanks, and I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.
Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.