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Holy moley! Students compete in annual Molympics

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:06 AM by stu.jessicamies@usd356.org   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 8:30 AM ]

On Oct. 23, chemistry students around the country and even the world celebrated the day known as Mole Day. Mole Day is typically celebrated on Oct. 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. The day stems from the unit of measurement for the number of atoms in an atomic mass unit. A mole in chemistry is 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd power. The number was created by an Italian scientist named Avogadro. The number is called Avogadro's number.

At Conway Springs High School, Mole Day was observed on Oct. 26. at 6:02 a.m. This year was the 21st year it has been celebrated here. Before the big day, students began to prepare. Chemistry students made posters, tie-dyed shirts, and signed up to bring food. All of these were based off of mole puns, such as “cinna-mole rolls”. Students also signed up for the big event, the annual Molympics, which featured games like “mole-ing” instead of bowling.

“It was fun celebrating a good day with everyone,” junior Gunnar Denney said.

The Molympics were a competition between first and fourth hour chemistry classes. The teams this year were first hour “Straight Outta Molton”, based off the movie “Straight Outta Compton”. Fourth hour’s team was called the “Telemoley’s” based off of the 90’s TV show the “Teletubbies”. Students enjoyed making a competition out of the event. Both teams designed team posters to put up in the halls.

“I’m upset that I didn’t get our team poster done,” junior Matthias Doffing said.

Chemistry students arrived at school before 6:02 a.m. to check in and color their entry signs. The events began around 6:30 a.m. The first game, which included everyone, was “Leap Mole”. The final score was seven to five. The last game came out with a tie, leaving first hour victorious overall. After the Molympics, both hours enjoyed breakfast with each other.  

    “The cinnamon rolls and Mary’s donuts were the best,“ junior Abby Linn said.

Students gather to take the annual Molympics picture with the “Molefficial”, chemistry teacher Chris Bellar. The day is celebrated each year on Oct. 23 to honor Avogadro’s number.
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