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Science Olympiad meets success

Hunter Flagg

The Manhattan High Science Olympiad team placed third at the State competition on April 6 at Wichita State University. This follows their first place at Regionals at Johnson County Community College.

Team members and coaches thought the group made tons of improvement compared to other teams and that really paid off. Everyone did well.

According to assistant coach Austin Becker, there have been many tournaments that lead Manhattan High Science Olympiad to the State competition. It’s been a good year for the Manhattan High Science Olympiad.

Junior Brynn Chua competed in Optics, Air Trajectory and Towers. She felt like it was a good experience.

“I learned to think things more logistically, and conceptually, and just a lot more hands-on activities than I’m used to,” Chua said. “It was really fun. I met a lot of new people, and it was just a good environment.”

Other members on the team hoped for success going into the State competition.

Junior Jonathan Bachmeier had goals of performing well in his competitions in Chemistry Lab, Disease Detectives and Fossils, but he came away feeling like he had room to improve.

“I was disappointed I didn’t win,” Bachmeier said. “Looking back I studied hard and did the best I could and as a team we did well.”

He took second in Chemistry Lab, second in Fossils and third in Disease Detectives.

Junior Sama Nepal also felt that the competition was challenging and leaves room for improvement in the future.

“I wish I did better. I know I tried my hardest, it was very hard,” junior Sama Nepal said. “I had fun and will definitely be joining next year.”

Despite the challenges the students faced, the coaches were happy with their results.

“After State we had a celebration of the team. We are starting to look at our team for next year, starting to evaluate what potential events are being offered, and trying to build our team,” Becker said.

“We had a great year, [but we’re] losing a bunch of Varsity ,” coach Doug Andresen said. “We have lots of younger grades that are coming up. It’s always open to everybody. We’re looking for a great new year next year.”

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Hunter Flagg
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Hunter Flagg is a freshman staff writer who joined journalism this year after moving from New York, not too far from the city. If Flagg can find the time outside of class, he likes to be with friends as he likes people in general.  “I like writing and videography and stuff like that,” Flagg said. “Haven’t been able to do that because of school.” Flagg joined journalism with hopes of creating entertaining articles and having fun.  “I like all aspects of journalism, mainly videography,” Flagg said. “It allows me to bask in a job well done.” Flagg also has hopes of changing the yearbook for the better. Flagg believes the yearbook can get a bit cringy at times and he wants to stop that from happening.  “I thought the yearbook sounded cool to me,” he said. Flagg wants to be a sports correspondent to write more entertaining life filled articles.  “No offense to people in politics, but I don’t feel like the students care about it that much,” Flagg said. “I want to write about sports, current events and things that have an impact on student’s lives.” After high school, Flagg wants to join the military with no interest in continuing Journalism. Flagg says to anyone wanting to join journalism to “do it.” By Thurston Rogers Staff Writer

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