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Posted: Monday, March 3, 2003 10:00 pm

Students at Lodi-area high schools and middle schools took home several honors at the San Joaquin County Science Olympiad on Saturday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

In the high school division, Tokay's Purple Team won first place overall and the Lodi's Red Team took third place overall, competing against 12 other schools.

In the middle school division, Lodi Middle School took fourth place overall in competition against 10 other schools.

Tokay Purple Team

Michelle Costamagna
Stef Poteet
Rod Shinozaki
Aileen Cua
Brent Dutra
Joshua Funamura
Ricky Gill
Seamus Gormly
Sarabdeep Mann
Frank Sasaki
Toren Stearns
Ryan Tong
Becky Uhlich
Stephanie Uhlich
Alex Wong

Lodi Red Team

Colin Bortner
Robert Chase
David Crabill
David Dickey
Josh Halecky
Bill Hatfield
Andrew Grant
Kaitlin Grant
Matt Kiesz
Patrick McLaughlin
Tom Moffitt
Calvin Patel
Molly Prima
Nathan Smith
David Vincent

Lodi Middle School Team

Simi Batth
Trent Cunningham
Rachel Davis
Allison Dorsey
Mackie Evans
Omar Haro
Brent Hemphill
Michael Lonzo
Elisa Moles
Andrew McKelvey
Robert Norton
Lance Peery
Polly Shah
Mikey Singh
Edwin Wong

At Saturday's regional competition, teams of 15 students competed in 23 events that covered not only the traditional disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, but also engineering, nature, and communication skills. Most of the events involve a team of people, usually two, taking a test, doing lab work, testing a construction, and/or running a contraption. Contests had names like "Can't Judge a Powder" and "Feathered Frenzy."

The events tested students' ability to apply not only scientific methods, but their own ingenuity as well. San Joaquin County sponsored its first regional Science Olympiad in 1987 and has held an event every year since. "We had a lot of fun, and that's the most important thing," said Tony Moles, Lodi High School science teacher and team adviser.

The National Science Olympiad is a national science competition, with over 12,000 K-12 schools participating across the nation, in three levels of competition: Regional, State and National.

The Tokay High Purple, Lodi High Red and Lodi Middle School Blue teams all qualified for the state competition April 5 in Visalia.

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