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Saint Anselm College Hosts NH Science Olympiad

March 10, 2016

Chip Underhill
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Students at Science Olympiad hosted by Saint Anselm CollegeOn Saturday, March 12, Saint Anselm College will host the New Hampshire Science Olympiad, a statewide competition for middle and high school students, with the help of over 60 college students and faculty volunteers. The Science Olympiad is a team-based competition for students interested in STEM - science, technology, engineering, and math.

Saturday's competition will bring more than 400 visitors to the Hilltop from 20 middle and high schools New Hampshire and Vermont. Each of the 27 teams will participate in numerous events including air trajectory, bridge building, and robot arms. While each event will award medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, the first place team with the highest combined score from all the events will advance to the National Olympiad held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in May.

Associate professor of chemistry, Nicole Eyet is the NH state director for Science Olympiad, and has coordinated the annual event with the help of biology faculty: William Ryerson and Elizabeth Greguske. A number of additional faculty and staff are also expected to participate, along with student volunteers.

"We are looking forward to our third year of hosting this event at the college," says Professor Eyet. "Our students are often inspired by the dedication and the ingenuity of the high school participants."

Whitney Moreau, a senior chemistry major who volunteered for the Olympiad last year, says that volunteering was a "great way to be involved with younger students from around New England, helping them compete in awesome, fun events." For Moreau, the most memorable part of last year's event was witnessing the students engage in a wide variety of science and mathematics.

Senior chemistry major Charles Dooley says that the best part of his previous experience with this event was "seeing young students come in and take part in competitions that require a lot of scientific forethought and math that goes well beyond high school, and to witness the pride that the young students take in their work." Both Moreau and Dooley will be participating again this Saturday, and look forward to another memorable experience.

College president Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., will speak at the opening ceremony at 8 a.m. in Davison Hall. The Science Olympiad will be held in the Goulet Science Building on campus beginning at 8:30 a.m., and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. in Davison Hall.

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