Gardendale Elementary School students who took part in the Science Olympiad recently were, front row from left: Scott Conwell, Conner Howell, Ashley Gay, Taylor McCrary, Mary Byram, Blake Zumbado and Cameron Crane. Second row from left: Brett Cobb, Jared Stewart, Haley Nichols, Kimberli Spires, Annie Dial, Garrett Wood and Lauren Gooch. Back row from left: Sam Reburn, Bailey Moore, Seth Reburn, Carson Stricklin, Dean Shackleford, Jennifer Crumpton (coach) and Reilly Bryant.

By Melanie Patterson

The North Jefferson News

Gardendale Elementary School took the top prize on Jan. 24 at the Jefferson County Science Olympiad competition at Pleasant Grove Elementary School.

Of 16 area schools, Gardendale won first place in 10 events, second place in two events and third place in one event.

“I’m so proud of them. They did an excellent job,” said Jennifer Crumpton, team coach and fifth-grade science teacher at Gardendale Elementary.

She added that the team members’ parents are also very supportive.

Gardendale won second place last year during the competition.

Crumpton said the students took tests and did hands-on activities during the event.

The students practice twice a week after school, an hour every Tuesday and Thursday. They practiced for four events each.

Crumpton said it is very difficult for Gardendale students to make it onto her Science Olympiad team. She gives a written test and invites 24 students to join the team based on their scores. This year there are four fourth-graders and 20 fifth-graders on the team.

Of the 24 students, 21 took part in the county competition.

The Jefferson County Board of Education provided T-shirts for the team members and provided lunch.

Students who won medals were:

• Cody Baxter, gold

• Reilly Bryant, gold

• Mary Byram, two golds

• Scott Conwell, silver

• Annie Dial, gold and silver

• Lauren Gooch, two golds

• Conner Howell, gold

• Taylor McCrary, gold

• Bailey Moore, two golds

• Sam Reburn, two golds

• Kimberli Spires, two silvers

• Jared Steward, gold

• Carson Stricklin, three golds and a bronze

• Garrett Wood, gold and silver

• Blake Zumbado, two golds

The team will now compete in the regional Science Olympiad competition on Feb. 21 at Jacksonville High School.

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