21 Science Olympiad teams advance to state competition

Grand Haven High School team members celebrate winning the Division C Tournament.
Grand Haven High School team members celebrate winning the Division C Tournament.
Image Credit: Courtesy Regional Math and Science Center
Chandler Woods students celebrating receiving a medal.
Chandler Woods students celebrating receiving a medal.
Image Credit: Courtesy Regional Math and Science Center
 St. Patrick students celebrate being honored as a top team.
St. Patrick students celebrate being honored as a top team.
Image Credit: Courtesy Regional Math and Science Center
Students participating in the Herpetology event.
Students participating in the Herpetology event.
Image Credit: Courtesy Regional Math and Science Center
West Side Christian students participating in the Circuit Lab event.
West Side Christian students participating in the Circuit Lab event.
Image Credit: Courtesy Regional Math and Science Center
Final awards ceremony in the Kelly Family Sports Center.
Final awards ceremony in the Kelly Family Sports Center.
Image Credit: Courtesy Regional Math and Science Center

Twelve middle school teams and nine high school teams have advanced to the Michigan Science Olympiad state tournament, after competing in the 35th annual Region 12 tournament March 23 at Grand Valley.

Students from 40 middle schools and 28 high schools from across West Michigan showcased their knowledge in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology during the competition, presented by Grand Valley's Regional Math and Science Center.

More than 1,000 students took part in various competitions that involved astronomy, herpetology, thermodynamics, protein modeling, geologic mapping and forensics, just to name a few.

The state tournament will be held April 27 at Michigan State University.

Region 12 covers Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties. This year's regional tournament was sponsored by Verizon, GE Aviation, Miller Johnson, Haviland Products Company, BizStream, and National Defense Industrial Association - Michigan Chapter.