Celebrating its 30th year, the Academic Olympiad contest once again showcased what Logan High's great minds have to offer. Grizzlies won first place overall and first place in two of the four main subjects tested. Brandon Wada won first place overall. This was the 7th time in ten years that LHS has won first place, demonstrating the extraordinary minds that cycle through Logan High.
Mr. Soffe, the AP history teacher who advises the team, explained that the contest focused on 24 different schools in Northern Utah and 214 different students participating. Each school gathers nine of their smartest students and starts preparing about 6 weeks before the competition. They answer general questions about each subject: math, science, social studies, and language arts.
He said, “Logan High has some of the best students in the state and this just shows it. The fact that we swept all the medals was just really cool to see.”
This competition offers an opportunity for the students who excel in academics a chance to be recognized for their labor.
Brandon Wada, senior and top overall student, said that this whole experience has been really exciting and he is proud of himself and the students he got to work with. He explained that when his name was called he was happy and at a loss of words.
To the future Olympiads all Wada has to say is, “Study hard and keep up Logan High's academic record. Don't mess it up!"
Raymond Li, junior, gold medalist winner in math, shared what he felt was the best part of the whole experience. He said, “Definitely star wars or the lunch in.”
Star wars is a speed game in the contest that focuses on who answers a question first, like jeopardy but with no time constraints. He was ecstatic when he won and was congratulated by his fellow teammates.
To future olympiad competitors, Li said, “Do your best but don't depend on what you know. Study hard and listen to Mr. Soffe!”
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