Bioathlon 2010

The twenty-first annual Department of Biological Sciences Bioathlon for high school biology students was held on Wednesday, May 5, at Michigan Technological University. Simultaneously, a workshop was held for the accompanying biology teachers. The Bioathlon serves as a means to stimulate interest and problem-solving in biology among our area youth. Teams from 16 Upper Peninsula Michigan high schools participated.

The team winning FIRST PLACE was Hancock High School, from Hancock. Coach: Kristin Schourek
The team winning SECOND PLACE was Westwood High School, from Ishpeming. Coach: Kevin Kruger

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The team winning THIRD PLACE was L’Anse High School from L’Anse. Coach: Betty Cangemi

Each team was composed of four students who have not had formal class work in biology beyond the traditional sophomore high school general biology course. All teams tackled the same four problems:

  1. Dissection, designed by Ronald Gratz, Ph.D.
  2. Protein Concentrations Using a Colorimetric Assay! designed by Elizabeth Hager, Ph.D.
  3. Field identification, designed by Meagan Harless, Ph.D. Candidate
  4. Blood Diagnosis, designed by Rita Chapel, Clinical Lab Science Undergraduate

Through these exercises, students demonstrated organizational skills, knowledge of facts and concepts, laboratory skills and creativity.

Each member of the first-place team received a $200 U.S. Savings Bond; the second-place team received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond; and the third-place team received a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. A plaque was awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams. Each student participating in the competition also received a certificate of participation and a Bio-Athlon T-shirt.

Teacher activities included:

  • “Soils: The Web Soil Survey + Testing in the Field”,led by Chris Hohnholt, Director of Recruiting and Development, School of Forest Resources
  • Environmental Sciences and “Coevolution of Plants and Pollinators”, led by Stacy Cotey, Academic Advisor Department of Biological Sciences

Funding was provided by MTU Admissions, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Michigan Tech Fund, and MTU Alumni Mark Cowan, M.D., Robert C. and Kathryn DellAngelo, M.D., Olive Kimball, D.Ed., Ph.D. and Sandra Lewin.

Participating Schools and Teachers

A.D. Johnston (Bessemer)
Teacher: David Rowe
Students: Megan Ahnen, Haley Jacobson, Danny Trudgeon, Paige Berwald

Teacher: Ms. Cara DeForge
Students: Savannah Dakota, Jana Parkila, Gabby Mackey, Dylan Hemmila

Teacher: Jen Peters
Students: Jaikob Djerf, Nicole Bonenfant, Kari Oja, Nichole Wilson

Teacher: Mary Markham
Students: Kathryn Heikkila, Brianna Johnson, Nicole Panke, Jared Jarvi

Dollar Bay
Teacher: Sara Moilanen
Students: Megan Ahnen, Haley Jacobson, Danny Trudgeon, Paige Berwald

Forest Park (Crystal Falls)
Teacher: Jen Toivonen
Students: Mindy DeNell, Kirston Kille, Jke Divine, David

Teacher: Kathy Becker
Students: Ashley Beaudry, Katie Becker, Kathryn Capodilupo, Taylor Seeley

Teacher: Kristin Schourek
Students: Stephanie Dunstan, Devin Kero, Joel Maki, Elliot Meese

Teacher: Lauri Davis
Students: Kyle Sorensen, Angela Becia, Alex Monette, Maria Pelto

Jeffers (Painesdale)
Teacher: Cindy Ruotsi
Students: Kayla Destrampe, Alyssa Taavola, Kendra Maki, Amy Puuri

Lake Linden
Teacher: Rejean Kangas
Students: Kyleigh Franklin, Nick Monette, Casey Hainault, Taylor Ambuehl

Teacher: Betty Cangemi
Students: Alex VanWagner, John Smith, Dillon Velmer, Carter Hendricks

L.L.Wright (Ironwood)
Teacher: Stephanie Sellers Mazzon
Students: Brad Torni, Ellen Hagstrom, Aleah Maki, Maighlin Kolesar

Teacher: Sherri Holmgren
Students: Emily Oja, Sarah Tresedder, Ben Rebertus, Mariah Savolainen

West Iron County (Iron River)
Teacher: Joel VanLanen
Students:Shannon Penkivech, Joel Van Lanen Jr., Sean Gustafson, and Jason Smith

Westwood (Ishpeming)
Teacher: Kevin Kruger
Students: Danielle Pierre-Trettel, Morgan Rintamaki, Nick Benda, Matt

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