A group of STEM students at Paragon Science Academy in Chandler are raising funds to attend a national competition at the University of Central Florida in May.
The team from Paragon Science Academy competed in the B Division at the Arizona Science Olympiad for grades six through nine and took the title for the second year in a row. It bested 35 other schools at the competition earlier this month hosted by Mountainside Middle School. Teams competed in 23 different categories ranging from experimental design to anatomy. Other categories included crime busters, meteorology and water quality.
The academy is the first charter school team to win consecutive Arizona Science Olympiads.
This year’s team members included: Ahmed Gamaledin, Hudhayfah Rathore, Collin Spence, Jinia Meherin, Noor Gamaledin, Grace Tebow, Sarah Abdallah, Rifa Vhora, Liban Mohamed, Ayesha Ahsan, Laith Hussein, Reneez Ro, Maddie Pangan and Kendor Vargas.
Science Olympiad is a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program that allows students to showcase their knowledge of those subjects in a competitive setting.
The University of Central Florida will host the championship on May 16 and 17. The best teams from around the nation will represent their states at the highest level of academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.
In order to cover the expenses related to the trip, Paragon students are fundraising and seeking donations from businesses and other individuals. Principal Selimhan Tanyeri stated in a newsletter companies that donate will receive recognition for their donation. There are four levels of sponsorship: leopard, jaguar, tiger and lion. Each category is based on the amount that the company donates.
Depending on how much a company donates, it will have its company name listed in the school newsletter and on the school’s website. Companies that donate between $1,200 and $2,600 will have their company name listed on T-shirts worn at tournaments and displayed on the Science Olympiad Banner during competitions.
For more information, or to make a donation, contact the school at (480) 753-3889 or visit www.sonoranschools.org/paragon.
• Kelly Kleber is a senior at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is an intern with the Tribune this semester. Reach her at email@example.com.