Published on May 17, 2021
Students from Warwick High School and Ephrata High School collaboratively joined forces to form a brand new high school Science Olympiad team, which not only achieved success at a regional level, but also made it all the way to the Science Olympiad State tournament. Students from Warwick included Stella Longer, Abigail Kerst, and Megan Reniker. Together the team managed to place 11th overall in the AA division at States, while receiving medals in six different events, including Protein Modeling (6th place), Machines (5th place), Designer Genes (3rd place), Science Quiz Bowl (2nd place), Home Horticulture and Experimental Design (1st place).
"All last year, Stella, Abigail, and Megan had taken on the role of assistant coaches for the middle school Science Olympiad team," stated Mr. Lee Walter, Warwick Middle School science teacher and Science Olympiad coach. "So when they inquired about starting a high school team, I was excited about the prospect of starting one up with Mr. Kellogg and Mr. Ewing at Ephrata High School. It was great seeing them compete with each other again, just like they did when they were on the middle school team. I'm thrilled they had success at the state competition. They are a group of women who make their own opportunities!"