Apr 19, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterThe middle school team dethroned McCormick Junior High School who had held the state title for the last 15 years.
An excited group of students from Riverton Middle School's Science Olympiad team received approval from the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees to travel to Dayton, Ohio, on May 17 and May 18 to compete in a national competition at Wright State University.
The students, from grades 6-8, took first place in the Wyoming state competition.
After competing against more than 300 Wyoming students -- including students from Casper, Gillette and Lander schools -- the Riverton youths took home one very important title.
"One of the cool things about this group is that they dethroned McCormick Junior High (School), who had been the winners for the past 15 years," said teacher and team sponsor Aziz Waheed.
Students created science projects and explored facts, concepts, process skills and technical applications. Riverton students presented projects that ranged from topography and inclines to mouse traps and the passing of genes from parent to offspring.
Waheed thanked the board for the financial help of about $3,000 that was needed to secure the trip. He described the win as a "big accomplishment" and added that the students were shocked.
"It's a pretty good showing for us," he said.
Board chairman Mark Stone congratulated the team and expressed appreciation for their accomplishments.
"We sure do want to keep supporting as many as those trips as we can," Stone said.
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