Payson Junior High School Students Shine in Science Olympiad
Payson Junior High School Students made an excellent showing at the Utah Science Olympiad held on March 26 at Weber State University in Ogden. The Science Olympiad gives students the opportunity to display their understanding of different scientific concepts through experiments and presentations. The Payson Junior High team, which was coached by Mr. Golden Adams and was known as the B-21 team, took eighth place overall at the state competition, and many students on the team had notable performances.
Josh Evans and Dallin Johnson placed eighth for their Anatomy entry. Jessica Staehli and Seth Stringham also took eighth for their “Can’t Judge a Powder” entry. Erin Fuhriman and Dallin Johnson took sixth place for their “Dynamic Planet” entry. Tasha Griffin and Jessica Staheli took fifth for their Ecology entry. Tasha Griffin and Karanda Heimuli also took second and won a Weber State University scholarship for their Experimental Design entry. Tasha Griffin also earned individual accolades for her “Microbe Mission” entry which earned a third place finish and another Weber State University scholarship. Josh Evens and Jessica Staheli also took sixth place for their Fossils entry. Josh Evans and Karanda Heimuli teamed up to take sixth place in the Junky Challenge category. Zach Ethridge and Tasha Griffin teamed up to earn a sixth place finish for their “Mystery Architecture” entry. Karanda Heimuli and Dallin Johnson placed fifth for their “Road Scholar” entry. Dominic Hancock earned a seventh place finish in his category for his “Shock Value” entry. Kassidy Evans took eighth for her Helicopter entry. And Morgan Keller placed second with a Weber State University scholarship for his Astronomy entry.
Mr. Adams, the coach of this year’s Science Olympiad team, stated, “I’m really proud of these kids. Eighth place is the best finish at state we’ve had, and next year we’re looking at improving on that.”