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posted Apr 17, 2017, 1:54 PM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 2:00 PM ]
Two high school students look through a microscope.
Photo: Top Left-Two Apple Valley High School students show off their skills in Forensics at the third annual High Desert Regional Science Olympiad. Bottom Right- Five schools gather for this year's Regional Science Olympiad. Photos courtesy of AVHS. 

Apple Valley High School hosted the third annual High Desert Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 8. Teams from five local schools, including Apple Valley High School, Sultana High School, Academy for Academic Excellence, University Preparatory High School, and Hesperia High School competed in 11 STEM-aligned events, including bridge construction, bottle rocket construction, air trajectories, Chemistry Lab, Disease Detective, a science quiz bowl and a forensic lab.

“I enjoyed my experience.  I was able to apply Science concepts I learned in the classroom,” AVHS student Stephanie said.

Raymond Stavers, AVHS science teacher and High Desert Regional Coordinator, brought the event to the region in 2015. Stavers said AVHS is the unofficial regional host for the High Desert and that the school will need to show growth over the next two years to become an official regional Science Olympiad location. Since its start, the event has grown from three high schools with a total of 15 competingstudents to five high schools with a total of 36 students.

Group photo of the 36 students and their coaches who participated in the 2017 Science Olympiad.

Student projects were each given a gold, silver or bronze award, as decided by a panel of faculty members. Sultana High School took 

home this year’s highest prize with a total of 101 points. Apple Valley took second place with 87 points and University Preparatory took third place with 61 points.

 “I am looking forward to working with the five schools again next year and invite any other schools to join the High Desert Science Olympiad Family,” Stavers said.  “The students are the future of this nation and the Science Olympiad will help foster the brightest and the best of our future Scientists and Engineers.”  

Stavers invites any interested schools or sponsors to contact him at