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March 11, 2011 > Students enjoy Science Olympiad success

Students enjoy Science Olympiad success

Submitted by Sarayu Satish and Archana Singh
Photo by Sarayu Satish

Sixteen middle school students from Thornton Junior High in Fremont recently participated in the Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad (BARSO) held at Foothill High school in Pleasanton on February 19. According to BARSO, "The goal of Science Olympiad is to improve the quality of science education through competitions similar to sporting events. Just as students are motivated to compete in various sporting activities, students compete as a team against other schools in 23 different events that range the spectrum of science subjects." Areas covered in the competition are: Life Sciences, Physical Science, Technology, Engineering, Chemistry, and Inquiry and Nature of Science. BARSO hosts the regional competition for public, private, or home schools in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties.

Thornton's students teamed up for these diverse events in Division B for middle school students. The common thread that held them together was their love for Science. With hard work, determination, and team spirit, the students placed second at the Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad. It has been a journey of self-discovery, too, for the parents and students. They enjoyed their awesome roller coaster ride together exploring the field of science in a way they had never done before. Parents supported them throughout as mentors.

According to the head coach, Ms. Satish, "Parents have supported and drawn from each other to make the student experience an active and engaging one. I am grateful to all the parents, Science teachers, Ms. Kathy Ashford from FUSD, Thornton Principal Ms. Hamilton and Science teacher Ms. Norling, for supporting this pursuit of Science as well."

The work of these superb "Thunderbolts" is not yet over. The students will now participate in the State Competition to be held on April 9, in Fresno. They will be joined by BARSO's first place winner, Challenger School, and third place finisher, Hopkins Jr. High. For more details regarding the Science Olympiad visit

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