Sierra Vista Middle School
|Member of SO since||We really don't know. Probably around the early 2000s though.|
|Best finish, regionals||3rd, 2013-2014, 2017-2018, 2018-2019|
|Best finish, state||9th, 2012-2013, 2018-2019|
|Best finish, nationals||Some day we will get up there :)|
Sierra Vista Middle School is a Division B school in Irvine, California. The City of Irvine is located about 40 or so miles southeast of the city of Los Angeles, CA and also 14 miles southeast from Disneyland. For the past years, we have competed in the Orange County Regional Competition and the Southern California Regionals Competition along with invitationals including Ladera Vista Invitational, Mesa-Robles Invitationals, and Kraemer Invitationals. For the past few years, we have placed at a consistent 3rd place in the regional competitions. Our team is known as the 'spirit team' because when our one teammates compete in events that are available for public view (build events), the whole team is there to support the teammates who are competing. Although we care very much about our scoring and ranking high, we prioritize our safety, fun, and friendship. We think in a positive manner: if we might have failed, at least we know what to improve on, so that next time we could be better, and in this school, this thinking motivates us to propel us through our Science Olympiad careers. We do not want our school to be a discouraging club where if one does not meet others' expectations they can get teased and bullied on, we want the students of this school to always feel safe and free to "explore the world of science".
Friends, Enemies, and other relations
Although we say we have a rivalry with Jeffrey Trail Middle School, we help each other out, so that both teams could do a great job in competitions against other schools. In addition, we have friendly relations with the other Irvine teams like Rancho San Joaquin and the coaches and the students both talked to each other about how Science Olympiad is the most efficiently run so that one day Sierra Vista could go to Nationals. Other Orange Couty schools such as Brea, Ladera Vista (they have Vista in their name as well!), and Fisler have good relations with us and we always try to maintain it. If you ever see us playing dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, or other sports, don't be scared to jump in, come and play with us! :)
Our program has 33 members for the 2017-18 season, and have increased to 36 members for the 2018-2019 season. We have an amazing support team that helps the competition team get their supplies in order to compete well. Also, our amazing parents help us carry loads of material to competitions and give inputs on what is wise to do in order to compete well. We would also like to thank Mr.Mathot and Ms. Morgan, who organized Science Olympiad in Sierra Vista and made it possible for this competition to exist in this school. In addition, the two co-captains that we have, always give inspiring speeches that give the students the courage to compete hard, and also happiness when the students are feeling down or depressed.
For the past few years, we always went to the Southern California Science Olympiad Competition, and all of those experiences helped us have fun and learn academically and morally.
In our team, a value we always stress is teamwork and making sure to have fun. While we all work hard and focus on succeeding in our events, we do our best to have a good time working together with our teammates. After all, we are all a bunch of science nerds clustered together in a classroom. It is inevitable that we share the same interests and fall into a state of mutual nerdiness! Competitions are always a time of team bonding, and we're known as the "Spirit School."
Spread positivity. :D Remember always have fun, be safe, and be happy, or there is no point in Science Olympiad. - Harrison Cho, member of Sierra Vista Science Olympiad, 2017-2019
Members, past and present (future members will be added as soon as time travel is possible)
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