Balls Away 2015 Fundraiser a Success!

Balls Away 2015 Fundraiser a Success!

The Friends of Science Olympiad-Middle School held the 2nd Annual Balls Away- Race for Science fundraiser. One-thousand rubber balls were numbered and released down 14th street from Hillside to West on the 10th annual Roots & Rhythm Day this past weekend.

Congratulations to 1st place winner of $500 was Pioneer, 2nd place to Bresset & Santora Law Office and 3rd went to Jessie Murray. The proceeds will provide the Science Olympiad team with the necessary equipment to be more competitive at the state level.

The Wayne Highlands Middle School Science Olympiad team has placed in the top six at the regional competition for the past four years.This qualified them to go to the state competition held at Juniata College. The team participates in an Invitational held in Rustin, Pa in January to help prepare for the regional competition.The Invitational and the State competition require overnight accommodations which can be very costly.

In order to continue their success, the team needs materials such as robotics equipment, building supplies, field guides, and scientific equipment.

“It puts us on a level playing field,” said Arjun Fulp, Science Olympiad Participant from the Middle School. “In this past competition, our helicopter we built had broken and we didn’t have anything to fall back on. The other schools were able to afford multiple helicopter kits which gave them a better advantage.- this fundraiser is going to help us a lot!  We had been borrowing a kit that we had to return the pieces and start all over again every year, which was counterproductive.”

“Since we purchased our own kits, we have been able to put a single robot together and improve on it without having to take it apart for other classes to use. We were able to show other schools that we aren’t to be taken lightly!” said Andrew Latourette, 8th grade Science Olympiad participant.

With the new kits they earned a 2nd place in RoboCross at the regional competition.

First and second place teams at the state competition are able to attend the National competition.

Additional thanks goes to the Borough of Honesdale, Mayor Jack Bishop, Former Mayor Mike O’Day, Coaches Chris Roos and Kelly O’Neill, the Himalayan Institute and Friends of Science Olympiad for their support of this fundraiser. Balls Away!