Show You Care: Mt. Vernorn Science Club Heads to Nationals

By Brad Maxwell, Reporter

MT. VERNON, Iowa - For the second time in three years, the Mount Vernon Science Olympiad team took home first place in Iowa State competition. Now, eighteen students are now taking their science wonders to Nationals in Dayton, Ohio.

Students say it all began with an interest in science.

"I just have really liked science ever since elementary school," student, Owen Egolf, said.

But hard work and dedication, landed these students a one way ticket to Dayton, Ohio.

"We were lucky enough to go to Nationals this year, we have put a lot of work into this," student Sam Krapfo said.

Over the last seven months, Mount Vernon Science Olympiads have spent hundreds of hours piecing together their projects.

"For middle school, well have 68 of the top teams in the nation to compete against and it's just an intense day of competition. It's kinda like a science track meet, 8th Grade science teacher Rob Hanson said.

From a mouse trap vehicle, to a homemade base clef, students will take on all areas of science - no matter the difficulty.

"This takes science we do in middle school above and beyond, were looking at the things they need to know is college level stuff," Hanson said.

As students put the finishing touches on their projects, they have a simple message for their competition.

"Iowa is gonna take it all this year," Egolf said. "I hope they do good, but watch out for us."

The national competition will be held at Wright State University on Friday and Saturday this weekend.
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