WSD Hosts Annual STEM Olympics
The Wentzville School District hosted its third annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Olympics at Liberty High School on March 1st and March 8th. Over 500 kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in small group design challenges, as well as hands-on activities and demonstrations by high school students and WSD staff members. The event has grown so large, it was split into two nights this year.
During the month of January, classrooms across the District participated in STEM competitions where students were asked to engineer a product with specific materials in a constrained amount of time. Winners from those competitions were invited to the STEM Olympics where students were provided an engineering challenge and materials to complete it.
The following teams were named 2017 STEM Olympic Champions:
Shane Keevil and Kaylee Henry from Miss Jessica Mack’s class at Heritage Primary
Henry Barnett and Arshad Sirajudeen from Mrs. Sheila Hasse’s class at Prairie View Elementary
Lex Bruno and Christian Benner from Ms. Jaclyn Behle’s class at Duello Elementary
Phoebe Orick, Gianella Williams and Logan Huynh from Mrs. Jacqueline Plaza’s class at Heritage Primary
Carson Bauers and Aidan Sides from Mrs. Meghan Hayes’ class at Peine Ridge Elementary
Ryan Lipski, Luke Feldmanis and William Hodai in Miss Stacie Meyer’s class at Boone Trail Elementary
Honorable Mention: Bryson Holliday, Owen Fila and Jack Field from Mrs. Kasey Lann’s class at Heritage Intermediate
Julia Fick, Dylan Paul and Kolton Witbeck from Ms. Krista Kennedy’s class at Peine Ridge Elementary
Deo Reji and Luc Girard from Mrs. Kala Noonan’s class at Discovery Ridge Elementary
Matthew Manocchio, Bryson King and Evan Hargrove from Mrs. Amber Walter’s class at Prairie View Elementary
Alex Djidjev, Bryson Sutton and Christian Badra from Mrs. Shannon Griesenauer’s class at Frontier Middle
Kelci Graville and Claire Valenti from Mrs. Rebekah Messick’s class at Frontier Middle
Jacob Austin, Kayde Chronister and Kale Stone from Ms. Julia Luetkenhaus’ class at Frontier Middle
“The demand for STEM skills in the workplace is increasing exponentially and the Wentzville School District is committed to fostering STEM-capable learners,” said Dr. Karen Hill, WSD Director of Professional & Program Development. “This event highlights our students’ creativity and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math, and we’re proud to provide this fun learning opportunity for them and our families.