The Tampa Prep Science Olympiad team had an exciting start to its spring break when it placed second in a competition at the University of Central Florida, and earned a spot in the national competition.
Tampa Prep competed in 23 academic events against 42 teams from across the state on March 23 at UCF. The students will be traveling to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, for the national competition in May.
Tampa Prep also won the Outstanding Coaches Award. In addition to coaching the Tampa Prep team, the coaches also volunteered to help run the state championship. Ginger Chapman worked as score counselor, reviewing the scoring of all events, while Brian Williams and Shaun Hurley ran the elastic-launched glider event.
Members of the Science Olympiad team are Kevin Wu (captain), Gregory Campo, Hannah Campo, Chris Carnes, Catie Chapman, John Holmes, Pedro Lima, Josh Robinson, Noah Robinson, Matt Steinborn, Alp Sunol, Visakan Vairavamoorthy, Daniel Weiss and Alan Williams.
In February, the Tampa Prep Terrapin Red Robotics team received the Excellence Award at the Tampa Prep Throwdown, a robotics tournament including 16 other schools in the Central Florida area. The Excellence Award is the top award in any qualifying VEX tournament and qualifies Tampa Prep for the VEX World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., in April.
This was the first year for Tampa Prep's students to participate in VEX Robotics competition, and the second year for the School's Science Olympiad team to participate in Olympiad competition.