Interlake High School

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Interlake High School At a Glance
Member of SO since 2011
Best finish, regionals 2nd (2012-2015)
Best finish, state 3rd (2015-2016)
Best finish, nationals N/A
Website scioly.club


Interlake High School is a Division C fierce national competitor for the 2016-2017 season from Washington State that has qualified for the State Tournament four consecutive times. The team was founded in 2010 by Gordon Sun and is currently in its fifth year. The school initially had only one team, but has grown to four teams that compete in the Northwest Regional. In the 2016 season, Interlake sent two teams to the Washington State tournament on April 16 at Eastern Washington University.

School Background

Interlake High School puts a strong focus on academics, with strong AP, IB, and gifted programs that bring students from other cities to the school. Interlake has about 1500 students enrolled in grades 9-12. Interlake has a fairly diverse community, with 41% of students speaking a first language other than English.

Team Demographics

Interlake Science Olympiad has had at most around 63 members at one time. Out of 55 students that competed at the Washington Northwest Regional for Interlake in 2016, 33 (60.0%) were female and 22 (40.0%) were male, making the gender split different to most other STEM-oriented clubs, which generally have significantly more male members than female members. The current leadership of Interlake Science Olympiad also has a majority of female members, with 4 female officers and 3 male officers.

Out of the 55 members who competed at the Regional competition in 2016, 12 (21.8%) were seniors (class of 2016), 10 (18.2%) were juniors, 4 (7.3%) were sophomores, and 29 (52.7%) were freshmen.

Most of the students in Interlake Science Olympiad come from an East or South Asian ethnic background. Only about 6 (+/- 1) of the 55 students who competed at the 2016 Regional competition came from other ethnic backgrounds (White or Middle Eastern).

Competition Results

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Year Team Invitational Points Regionals Points State Points Nationals Points
2011 A - - 11th 230 - - - -
2012 A - - 2nd 87 5th 179 - -
2013 A 2nd - 2nd 87 4th 153 - -
B - - 3rd 100 9th 225 - -
C - - 7th 159 - - - -
2014 A 5th 213 2nd - 4th 189 - -
B 11th 253 3rd - 10th 255 - -
C 16th 496 11th - - - - -
2015 A 1st 137 2nd 106 3rd 154 - -
B 14th 305 5th 168 7th 208 - -
C 26th 546 18th 459 - - - -
2016 A - - 2nd 130 3rd 151 - -
B - - 3rd 174 10th 228 - -
C - - 7th 256 - - - -
D - - 24th 466 - - - -

Interlake Science Olympiad regularly competes in Aviation Invitational (with the exception of the 2016 season) and the Washington Northwest Regional. Interlake has competed in both the Highline and Seattle Central Regionals, rather than choosing one location to compete at every year.

Trophies

2nd Interlake High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2012 Highline Regional Tournament.
2nd Interlake High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2013 Highline Regional Tournament.
3rd Interlake High School received a 3rd place trophy at the 2013 Highline Regional Tournament.
2nd Interlake High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2014 Seattle Central Regional Tournament.
3rd Interlake High School received a 3rd place trophy at the 2014 Seattle Central Regional Tournament.
1st Interlake High School received a 1st place trophy at the 2015 Aviation Invitational Tournament.
2nd Interlake High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2015 Highline Regional Tournament.
3rd Interlake High School received a 3rd place trophy at the 2015 Washington State Tournament.
2nd Interlake High School received a 2nd place trophy at the 2016 Seattle Central Regional Tournament.
3rd Interlake High School received a 3rd place trophy at the 2016 Washington State Tournament.


Leadership

Interlake High School has 1 head coach and 7 student officers, as well as 2 parent coaches. While all the officers perform various tasks in order to make sure the club is run effectively, each officer position also has a specific job, a system that has been in place since the end of the 2014 season. The officers are elected at the end of the season, usually during the last meeting of the school year. Build captain was initially a delegated position when it was created at the end of the 2014 season, but became integrated into the main officer team at the end of the 2015 season. The officers are voted on by popular vote of club members, and the new officer team chooses their own positions during their first officer meeting.

Coaches

Interlake Science Olympiad has one head coach who is the supervising teacher of the club. In the summer before the 2016 season, the club gained two parent volunteer coaches who coach students in life science events, including Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Biology, Disease Detectives, Green Generation, Invasive Species, and Protein Modeling.

Officer Positions

President: Leads officer meetings and oversees all general club affairs.

Vice President: Helps the president in overseeing all general club affairs.

Secretary: Takes attendance, records meeting notes, manages logistics, like forms, transportation, ordering materials, etc.

Treasurer: Manages money, including fundraising and reimbursements to members that buy materials on behalf of the club.

Newcomer Liaison: Focuses on getting new members to join the club, especially freshmen. This officer also communicates more with new members throughout the year in order to help them succeed during their first year. This position is preferably filled by one of the younger officers in order to give underclassmen a less intimidating way to talk to the officers.

Build Captains (2): Buy materials and run errands for build events, organize build meetings, ensure builds are getting done.

Team Structure

Interlake High School has 3 teams. The teams follow an A team, B team, C team structure, with A team being the top team, followed by B, and C team. For the 2015 season, Interlake registered four teams (named Trenta, Venti, Grande, and Tall), but only three competed at the regional level. For the 2016 season, Interlake registered four teams (Astronauts, Black Holes, Curiosity, and Discovery), and all four competed at the regional level.

Tryouts

Interlake began holding tryouts in the 2015 season in order to determine team and event placements, but the structure of tryouts is likely to change in future years.

Summer/Day Camps

During the summer of 2014, members from Interlake High School started a summer day camp for students entering grades 5-9 in order to fundraise for the following seasons. The camps was organized and led entirely by several of the high school students in the club. Two sessions were held, each two weeks long. Each day was focused on one or two Science Olympiad events, with more involved build events like Mission Possible, which took up two days. The event-focused lessons were also interspersed with general science lectures covering topics like chemistry, kinematics, circuits, and biology.

The day camps continued in 2015 with a one week session over the Bellevue School District's Spring Break. The main focus of this camp was build events, including Bridge Building, Wright Stuff, Scrambler, It's About Time, Write It Do It, and Mission Possible.

The summer 2015 day camps will run for four weeks, each week focused on a different branch of science. There will be one week focused on biology, one week focused on chemistry, and two weeks focused on physics.

School Affiliations

Students from Interlake have helped to start a Science Olympiad team at Big Picture School starting in the 2016 season. There is also a student at Interlake that is a student coach for Tyee Middle School Science Olympiad starting in the 2016 season.

Invitational Tournament

Interlake High School hosted it inaugural Invitational Tournament on December 06, 2014. All events were run and 28 teams completed. The results were as follows: first place to Bothell High School, second place to Camas High School, and third place to Aviation High School. Interlake will not host an invitational tournament in the 2016 season.

Notable Seasons

2016

  • The 2016 season is the start of Interlake Science Olympiad's affiliation with Big Picture School Science Olmypiad.
  • The 2016 season is the start of Interlake Science Olympiad's affiliation with Tyee Middle School Science Olympiad.

2015

  • The 2015 season is the first season in which Interlake Science Olympiad won a competition. Interlake beat out the top two teams in the state, Camas High School and Bothell High School, at the Aviation Invitational. Interlake also achieved their best finish at State with a 3rd place trophy. For the first time, every member of the team won at least one medal.
  • The 2015 season is the first season that specific officer positions were created (President, Treasurer, etc.).
  • The 2015 season is the first season that tryouts were held. Students tried out for specific sets of events that are predetermined by the officers. Each student chose which event set he or she wanted, and took one test to tryout for a 2-event set and two tests to tryout for a 3-event set. Build events were not included in these sets and were assigned after tryouts on a more subjective basis with past experience in mind. The tryout test scores were not the only factor that were be considered in team placement; other factors also came into play, such as experience in Science Olympiad as well as willingness to study or build ahead of time. However, the student with the best scores for an event set was generally placed on the top team, the student with the second best scores on second team, and so on.

2012

  • The 2012 season is the first season the Interlake competed in the Washington State Tournament.

2011

  • The 2011 season is the first season that Interlake competed in the Washington Northwest Regional Tournament.

Trivia

Interlake High School's rival schools for Science Olympiad are Bothell High School and Troy High School

Members of the Team

Gordon Sun - The honorable founder of Interlake Science Olympiad

bernard (2012-2015) - President (2013-2015), Build/Team Captain (2014-2015)

balsa (2012-2015) - Co-President (2013-2015), Entomology Expert (2013-2015)

watermydoing14 (2013-2016) - Build/Team Captain (2014-2015), President (2015-2016)

goldiny (2014-2016) - Build/Team Captain (2014-2015)

houdown (2013-2016) - Vice President (2014-2016)

FluffyBubbleFire (2013-2016) - Secretary (2014-2015), Newcomer Liaison (2015-2016)

lin_dugong (2013-2016) - Treasurer (2014-2015)

ethiopianbear (2014-2017) - Newcomer Liaison (2014-2015), Build/Team Captain (2014-2015), Build Captain (2015-2016)

raydioactive (2014-2017)