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SMHS Science Olympiad Team Moves On To State

Team picture
From left to right, first row: Emily Yang, Anna Morgan, Alexis Thompson; second row: Danielle McPherson, Rebecca Pechmann, Sallie Hinkle, Kat Morgan, and Victoria Wlosok; third row: Mrs. Heidi West, Lucy McRae, Eli Metcalf, Tyler Milkey, Kobe Coggins, Tara Hinton, and Maia Wilde. Not pictured: Chloe Grady.

The Smoky Mountain High School Science Olympiad team will compete at the state tournament in April as a result of the exceptional showing of team members at the regional tournament in Asheville on March 2.

Overall, the team placed second in Asheville against 18 other high school teams. Individual members earned more first place gold medals than any other team. The top five places in each event earned medals giving the Smoky Mountain team a total of 37 medals at the regional competition.

Demonstrating that it wasn't just about the science, the team also took home the Varsity Spirit Award for demonstrating the highest spirit of cooperation and willingness to help other teams.

"We have such a great team," said advisor, Mrs. Heidi West. "These students worked so hard, some even stepping up at the last minute to cover events. I am especially proud of their team spirit and kindness to other the teams and each other. They really make it about learning, cooperation, and fun."

The top three teams from each region will compete at the North Carolina Science Olympiad State Tournament in Raleigh on Apr. 26 and 27.

A complete place breakdown for the team appears below:


Student Olympians


Anatomy and Physiology

Tara Hinton and Victoria Wlosok

5th place


Eli Metcalf and Victoria Wlosok

2nd place


Chloe Grady andKobe Coggins

10th place

Chem Lab

Kobe Coggins and Lucy Mcrae

5th place

Circuit Lab

Alexis Thompson andEli Metcalf

10th place


Anna Morgan, Maia Wilde, and Rebecca Pechmann

1st place

Designer Genes

Maia Wilde and Tara Hinton

4th place

Disease Detectives

Danielle McPherson and Emily Yang

1st place

Dynamic Planet

Sallie Hinkle and Victoria Wlosok

2nd place

Fermi Questions

Eli Metcalf and Alexis Thompson

10th place


Emily Yang and Sallie Hinkle

1st place


Tyler Milkey and Victoria Wlosok

1st place

Geologic Mapping

Anna Morgan and Rebecca Pechmann

3rd place


Chloe Grady and Tara Hinton

7th place

Mission Possible

Kobe Coggins and Chloe Grady

4th place

Mousetrap Vehicle

Kat Morgan and Tyler Milkey

15th place

Ping Pong Parachute

Kat Morgan and Sallie Hinkle

1st place

Protein Modeling

Emily Yang and Danielle McPherson

4th place

Sounds of Music

Chloe Grady and Emily Yang

1st place


Eli Metcalf and Kobe Coggins

5th place

Water Quality

Anna Morgan and Rebecca Pechmann

1st place

Wright Stuff

Kat Morgan and Tyler Milkey

1st place

Write it Do it

Tara Hinton and Danielle McPherson

10th place