Published by The Bee News

March 30, 2022

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BULLHEAD CITY – For the sixth consecutive year, a team from Fox Creek Junior High School will advance from regional competition to the annual Arizona Science Olympiad at Arizona State University, being held this weekend. The team of nine achieved a first-place victory out of 14 teams at spring regional competition held online due to COVID precautions. The Fox Creek team brought home 22 top ten finishes out of 22 events. Individually, Fox Creek scores ranged from fourth to first place.

Science Olympiad is a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program that allows students to apply what they know in a competitive setting.  Fox Creek participates in Arizona’s Division B for middle and junior high students. Events are either academic quizzes and tests, or building competitions. Students build items prior to the competition. The highest-ranking Fox Creek scores were first place for Chelsea Engelhardt and Elena Rojas (“Bridged”) and first place for Malakai Hack and Valeria Zambrano. There were multiple second place wins for Fox Creek: Michan Gonzaga and Valeria Zambrano (“Disease Detectives”), Chelsea Engelhardt and Danna Calvario Fernandez (“Dynamic Planet”), Zephyr Chavers (“Bio Process Lab”), and Elena Rojas, Noah Beck, and Zephyr Chavers (“Code Busters”).

The students’ coaches are Fox Creek science teachers Frances Martin and Jamie McCune, as well as Desert Valley Elementary teacher Kate Hall.
“We are super proud of these students and the hours of hard work they have put into the Science Olympiad Team,” said Martin.  “In addition to after school practice twice a week, they have  worked on  projects and notes on their weekends and free time. That’s a true commitment to being successful.”

In addition to this weekend’s Science Olympiad, students will also have a chance to tour the ASU campus and attend an ASU science fair. A full list of the Fox Creek Science Olympiad team members is posted on the school district’s Facebook page, @crsk12az. Additional information is available at

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