The students competed in categories including "Boomilever," "Mousetrap Vehicle" and "The Wright Stuff" at the Delaware Science Olympiad at Delaware State University.
Appoquinimink High School students were recognized for their knowledge, innovation and creativity in the use of technology at the Delaware Science Olympiad March 2 at Delaware State University.
The team advisors gave special thanks to the senior team captains for all their hard work and leadership: Jessica Burtell and Erin Rosche, Team 49, and Tyler Phommachanh, Team 50.
Innovation awards are given to participants and teams that demonstrate exceptional creativity and innovation in their design process.
The following Jaguars earned innovation awards:
Tyler Phommachanh, Ed Cierniak and Gwen Cierniak for the Mousetrap Vehicle event in propulsion;
Blake Dziewit, Georgia Angeletakis, Ed Cierniak and Gwen Cierniak for their compression tube process and design in the Boomilever event;
Gwen Cierniak in The Sound of Music event for her homemade trombone complete with a 3-D printed mouthpiece.
Gwen Cierniak was also the Runner Up Innovator of the Year for the state.
Medals were awarded to the following Appoquinimink students who placed in the top 10 overall in the state in their respective events:
Ed Cierniak and Gwen Cierniak, first place in Boomilever;
Georgia Angeletakis and Blake Dziewit, second place in Boomilever;
Ed Cierniak and Gwen Cierniak, second place in Mousetrap Vehicle;
Ed Cierniak, third place in Bottle Rockets;
Blake Dziewit, fourth place in Bottle Rockets;
Gwen Cierniak and Ed Cierniak, fifth place in The Wright Stuff;
Georgia Angeletakis, sixth place in Geologic Mapping;
Erin Rosche, seventh place in Anatomy and Physiology.