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South Arbor Students Earn Science Awards

More than 37 students from South Arbor Charter Academy competed against nearly 2,500 other students from 40 different schools in Washtenaw County, June 3, at the 15th Annual Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) at Pioneer High School.

“This was the seventh consecutive year for our school and our students had an amazing time at the competition,” said Kim Bondy, principal of South Arbor. “Twenty three of our students took home award medals this year!!

The competition tested students in 21 events ranging from water rockets to aerodynamics.

In the four months leading up the competition, the South Arbor students worked hard to learn many advanced and complex subjects, including: aerodynamics, barge-building, estimation, gravity and potential/kinetic energy, map-reading, human skeleton anatomy, ornithology, architecture, light and reflection/refraction, astronomy, gene biology, computer programming with Scratch, chemical reactions with powders and liquids, electrical circuits, and building a bridge made out of pasta.
Many parents served as coaches, event volunteers, and chaperones throughout the events.  

The students were recognized at an assembly June 9 where they were allowed to wear their WESO shirts and show off their award medal.

Congratulations to the following students for representing South Arbor this year:
2nd Grade


Aadhya Kamath, Avantika Nair, Anantika Nair, Anna Hufnagel, Ishaan Kamat, Lakshya Jaiganesh, Manoj Lokam, Riya Parlapalli
3rd Grade


Aditi Gopalakrishnan, Ansen Kipruto Too, Hannah Nixon, Hasini Anand, Joseph Stevenson, Kaylee Gadepalli, Neha Sivakumaran, Nihar Gundala, Purav Chavarkar, Saanvi Mishra, Saishruti Attili
4th Grade


Abhinav Honnikoppa, Aniva Vyas, Gurnoor Sembhi, Khalil Pinjari, Navya Yerrapu, Saivaishnavi Attili, Solana Peralta, Thomas Meyer
5th Grade


Aidan Gadepalli, Claire Leone, Dhruva Gopalakrishnan, Ece Uyulur, Kiara Mastin, Kriya Jaiganesh, Nathan Rao, Neha Gundala, Sruthilaya Mohan, Varun Yalavarthi, Vibhav Alokam, Yotam Chopra
Great job, South Arbor!