Science Olympiad Scholars

When it comes to the Science Olympiad, Carmel Valley Middle School never fails to impress with their consistently stellar performance. At this year’s Southern California State Competition in Anaheim,
the CVMS team earned second place overall for the third year in a row. This year, 30 middle and elementary schools competed in Division B, and 30 high schools competed in Division C. Each team was made up of 15 members, while an additional four students participated in two trial events. Overall, approximately 570 students participated in each division. Despite tough competition, the CVMS team went above and beyond in the study and lab events. They also performed proficiently in the events that required building.

To prepare for the competition students begin studying and working on their categories in late September and compete at the San Diego Regional competition in early February to contend for State. “CVMS has participated in Science Olympiad since the school opened 10 years ago, and they have placed in the top five at State all 10 years with a total of seven second place rankings,” shared Lance Clifner who, along with Joan Chen, organized and headed the CVMS Science Olympiad program this year. Lance and Joan were aided by 27 parents who were responsible for coaching the students to prepare them for the 25 different events they would face at the competition.

CVMS Science Olympiad is an extracurricular activity supported by the CVMS administration and PTSA. The program is run entirely by parent volunteers and is open to sponsorship.