Thornapple Kellogg Schools will send three Odyssey of the Mind teams to the World Competition at Michigan State University in May. One team from the high school, one from the middle school and one from elementary each earned the right to advance by getting a first or second rating at the state finals Saturday hosted at TK.
Thornapple Kellogg Middle School students Aaron Michalk and Payton Stewart were both in the final three spellers at the regional spelling bee hosted at TKMS Thursday afternoon, but both went out in the 15th round.
Clayton Wandell held his breath a little as he settled his team’s tower on the earthquake simulator.
“This should be good,” he said as his Thornapple Kellogg eighth grade science teacher Shaun Davis started the earthquake simulator, slowly, then pushed the throttle to make the shaking more significant.
It wobbled. It shook, but the tower didn’t break. Students cheered when the first structure withstood Round 1 of testing.
Payton Stewart was crowned the champion with Aaron Michalk as the first runner-up and Trysta Hilton as the second runner-up for the middle school spelling bee. Payton and Aaron will compete in the regional spelling bee Feb. 16 at TKMS. Great job by all participants and good luck to Payton and Aaron at the regional contest.
Thornapple Kellogg Middle School students raised $500 and donated funds to the Middleville Veterans Memorial project and to the Barry County Veterans Affairs.