Westerville North High School's Science Olympiad team is moving up in the state rankings.

Westerville North High School's Science Olympiad team is moving up in the state rankings.

The team placed 16th out of 40 at the state Science Olympiad held Saturday, April 17, at The Ohio State University. It qualified for the state competition by placing first at regionals, which were held March 13 in Grandview Heights.

Last year, the team placed fourth at regionals and 17th at state, said adviser Susan Wasmund.

"They were a little disappointed in that they only medaled in one event," Wasmund said.

The team placed sixth in "It's About Time," which challenges students to build their own clock. They placed in the top 10 in four other events.

"I think after they finished so well at regionals they were expecting a little bit higher," Wasmund said. "But as a coach or a teacher, the goal is to improve, and they did. And any time you can go back to back to states is a good thing."

Senior Allison Lim. a member of the team that medaled in "It's About Time," has been involved with Science Olympiad since sixth grade.

"There were a lot of teams, and it's a really competitive competition," Lim said. "The state of Ohio gets to send two teams to national competition, so it's kind of tough."

Of the four events Lim participated in, her favorite was "Elevated Bridge."

"You have a bridge that supports the most weight while being the lightest," she said. "You have to figure out on your own how to make it better. It's a competition with yourself to try to make it better than the previous one."

Lim hopes to attend either Carnegie Mellon University or Case Western Reserve University and major in biomedical engineering.

Though there are 21 students on North's Science Olympiad team, only 15 are allowed to participate in any invitational. Another rule limits the number of seniors on any team at the state competition to seven, and Wasmund had 11 seniors on her team this year.

She selected those who participated in the state competition based on their performances in previous invitationals throughout the season.

Students who competed at the state level included: Kevin Center, Jordan Daniels, Patrick Girvin, Andrea Haugtvedt, Allison Lim, Matthew Schwein and Paul Swinger; juniors Molly Baumann and Nicole Kleinas; sophomores Phillip Craigmile, Sam Finley, Glen Gainer, Neil Hamrick and Iris Jang; and freshman Mitchell Habegger.

Wasmund said she has 10 team members who will return next year, including Craigmile, who competed in the "Mouse Trap Car" event.

"I really like (Science Olympiad)," Craigmile said. "It's provided a good, stimulating activity that I made a lot of good friendships from."

Many of the North team members who weren't selected to compete at state came to cheer on their teammates, Wasmund said.

"I think it was an excellent experience for them in that they learn more about different kinds of science that we don't have (at North)," she said. "If a student has a forte, they get to shine, and with 23 events, they all have their favorites."