Greene Co HS students at Physics Olympics

Place seventh of 20 teams

The Greene County High School Physics Olympics team competed Tuesday, April 11, in the state physics competition hosted by the University of Northern Iowa physics department in Cedar Falls. The students represented our community well and placed seventh out of 20 schools in the school team competition based on team totals for five events, teacher Launa Buxton said.

Logan Kohl and John Mobley placed fifth in the challenge problem event. Reid Stratton and Jared Marshall placed seventh in the bridge building event. Megan Durbin and Rachael Danielson placed eighth in the catapult event. Also participating were Britton Gallagher and Lucas Ausgerber in soda straw arm event and Thomas Jacobsen and Logan Lansman in the mousetrap car event.

The team members spent many hours preparing for the event by applying physics, engineering, and math skills to build their devices and practice execution of the skills needed to compete. “This is the first year Greene County has participated in the regional and state Physics Olympics competition in many years. With only four graduating seniors on the team this year, the juniors and underclassmen are looking forward to next year’s competition and to building on to what they have learned,” Buxton said.

A total of 155 students from 20 different schools competed. They qualified by placing first or second in regional competitions. Grinnell High School placed first in the overall school team competition.



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