Science Olympiad winners
Tracy High, Freiler Middle and Discovery Charter schools came away from the annual State Science Olympiad with a bevy of awards.
Discovery Charter School took 15 students to the state competition. The group won third place in Mystery Architecture — they built the tallest tower in the competition constructed entirely out of straws.
Each Freiler student who attended won an award. Christine Capili and Chelsea Fowler took fifth place in the Bio Process Lab; Fowler and D.J. Villasenor took third in the Write It, Do It category; Arashpreet Gill and Brett Fowler placed fourth in Food Chemistry; Clayton Garcia and Upinderpreet Gill took fifth in Meteorology; Pallavi Battar and Cameron Schnupp won fifth place in Trajectory; Arashpreet Gill and Mariah Kenton placed fourth in Oceanography; and Kenton and Arashpreet Gill placed fourth in the Reach for the Stars category.
This year was Tracy High School’s first state competition. Students Danny Ornellas and Nathan Kinser took second place in the Robot Ramble; James Wang and Clayton Germolus took third in Health Science; Brandon Pak and Vatsal Jhalani took fifth in Astronomy; and Effie Zhou and Patrick Shum took fifth place in the Experimental Design Competition.
Musicians honored at regional band festival
Tracy High School’s Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble received excellent and superior ratings, respectively, at the Northern California Band Association Festival in Rocklin on April 19. The two bands will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.