The Edison Intermediate/Middle School Science Olympiad team finished in second place in the regional tournament it hosted last Saturday, March 17.

The Edison Intermediate/Middle School Science Olympiad team finished in second place in the regional tournament it hosted last Saturday, March 17.

The team, competing in the Division B (grades 6-9) qualified for the state tournament April 28 at Ohio State University.

New Albany Middle School won Saturday's regional tournament.

Grandview won nine of the day's 23 events.

The winning local students and their events were:

• Awesome Aquifers, Elizabeth Bergmann and Jackson Spainhoward.

• Bottle Rockets, Spainhoward and Amelia Walsh.

• Compute This, Maya Snyder and Spainhoward.

• Experimental Design, Maya Bode, Caitlin Hyde and Snyder.

• Meteorology, Qiukui Moutvic and Zoe Wenk.

• Microbe Mission, Hyde and Snyder.

• Reach for the Stars, Bode and Hunter Fitch.

• Rocks and Minerals, Amelia Walsh and Zyler Walsh.

• Storm the Castle, Mary Emma MacLeod and Moutvic.

Grandview has hosted a regional tournament for the last several years.

"The school district is very nice to allow us to host a tournament here," said Mindy Stoltz, one of the Grandview team's coaches.

Being the home team "means we don't have to get up at 5:30 in the morning and travel to the tournament and the students get to compete in a building they know and feel comfortable in," she said.

Proceeds of concession sales also provide the funds to pay the cost of renting buses when the squad travels to other competitions, Stoltz said.

About 30 Grandview students participate in the Science Olympiad team.

"We have kids with all kinds of interests, not just your typical science brainiacs," Stoltz said.

In addition to giving students practical and fun experience in a variety of science areas, Science Olympiad "helps teach teamwork for some students who may not participate in sports," she said. "They learn to work together on a common goal."

Ninth grader Amelia Walsh is participating in her second year on the team.

"I kind of started to get really interested in science in eighth grade and my teacher, Mrs. (Ann) Getz suggested I might want to try Science Olympiad," she said. "I like being able to think about science as part of a team. We're a pretty close-knit group. It's fun."

"Science Olympiad is fun and intense," said sixth-grader Indigo London. "There is pressure in the competition, but it's fun as long as you feel like you know what you're doing."

Sixth-grader Carolyn LaPrete decided to join Science Olympiad after observing the enjoyment her cousin got from the experience.

"I do like science," she said. "I kind of like building things. I think I'd like to get into engineering some day."