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35th Science Olympiad at St. Andrews

Written by Joe Cicchetto

St. Andrews University held its 35th annual Science Olympiad regional tournament on March 30.  SAU Director of Logistics Rooney Coffman was again responsible for the event and has been involved in this event since its early beginnings at St. Andrews in 1974.

As always, the John Blue Lab, which is two-thirds the size of a football field, was a huge hit and allows ample room for spectators to watch the students competing.  Events such as Ping Pong Parachute were held in the DeTamble Library that boasts a three-story atrium.  All the visiting students and faculty had a great time competing in the 23 different events held around the school.

The Spirit Award was given to St. John Paul II Catholic School (Southern Pines) for their positive and encouraging attitudes.  The Outstanding Coach Award went to Jennifer Bellmore and Kim Patterson from West Pine Middle for their excellent guidance. The Outstanding Volunteer Award went to Regina Drake-Parguey, a 2016 St. Andrews alum, who has traveled from her home in Virginia for the past three years to be an event leader.

Eleven schools from eight counties competed in the events. St. John Paul II Catholic School’s varsity team will be moving on to the state tournament on April 26-27 to be held at NC State University in Raleigh.  (By Kaitlyn Lomax, COM 454)

(Photo:  Regina Drake-Paraguey ’16 pictured with her Outstanding Volunteer Award)


Junior Varsity Teams (medals and trophies)

1st Sun Valley Middle School – moving on to states

2nd Alpha Academy

3rd St. John Paul II Catholic School

4th Crain’s Creek Middle School

Varsity Teams (medals and trophies)

1st St. John Paul II Catholic School – moving on to states

2nd West Pine Middle School

3rd Parkwood Middle School

4th Sun Valley Middle School

5th Crain’s Creek Middle School

6th NC STEM Academy

7th Alpha Academy


Combined Scores – Placings (First Place Overall Winners)

1st St. John Paul II Catholic School (V)

2nd West Pine Middle School (V)

3rd Parkwood Middle School (V)

4th Crain’s Creek Middle School (V)

5th Sun Valley Middle School (V)

6th NC STEM Academy (V)

7th Sun Valley Middle School (JV)

8th Alpha Academy (V)

9th Alpha Academy (JV)

10th St. John Paul II Catholic School (JV)

11th Crain’s Creek Middle School (JV)

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.   The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.