Letter: Students broke record for first place

In 2014 Mount Vernon High School sent its first team to the State Science Olympiad competition and came home with a third-place finish. The team returned in 2015 and finished in second place and last year kept this upward trajectory going by tying with Ames High School for first place (Ames ultimately claimed first place, so Mount Vernon placed second).

On March 25, Mount Vernon kept the momentum going and broke Ames’ 23-year record of being first and came out as the top high school in the state for science olympiad.

This is no small accomplishment. This achievement is due in large part to the commitment of the students to prepare, members of the community and Cornell College who came to tutor the students, and especially to their coach, Alaina Appley, who worked diligently to help the team prepare for the tough competition.

Now the team will move on to the National Science Olympiad competition on May 19-20 in Dayton, Ohio. We should be so proud they will be there on the national stage to show Iowa’s commitment to STEM education.

The team is working hard to raise the funds to get them to nationals. They need to raise about $5,000 to cover their transportation, housing, food and supply costs for the competition. If any individuals, businesses or organizations would like to contribute to this worthy cause, send donations to the high school.

C. Sherene Hansen Player

Mount Vernon

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