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Chemists celebrate annual Mole Day

posted Oct 27, 2016, 8:29 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 9:00 AM by Unknown user ]
Sophomore Audrey Doffing competes in the new Molympic game, Catamolt. “Mole Day was bomb”, she said. “I liked the dart game the most.” Doffing was a member of the Moley Poleys, Chris Bellar’s sixth hour chemistry class.

Chemistry students around the country and the world put on their lab coats and safety goggles to celebrate the annual Mole Day. Mole Day is typically celebrated on Oct. 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.. The day comes from the mole, a unit of measurement for the number of atoms in an atomic mass unit. A mole is 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd power. The number was discovered by an Italian scientist, Amedeo Avogadro.

Since Mole Day was on a Sunday this year, Mole Day was instead observed on Oct. 24 at 6:02 a.m. by Conway Springs High School. This was the 22nd year Mole Day has been celebrated at CSHS. Before celebrations started, chemistry students made posters to put in the halls for extra credit, tie-dyed T-shirts and signed up to bring mole-themed breakfast foods, like “breakfast casser-mole” and “cinna-mole rolls”. Students also signed up to compete in the big event, the Molympics, which features mole-themed games, like “demolelition derby” and “mole-in-one”.

“Tie-dying my hoodie the day before and getting to wear it was the best,” junior Colt Shobe said.

The Molympics were a competition between fourth hour and sixth hour chemistry students. The class collectively came up with team names. Fourth hour chose “Moley Mammoths” and sixth hour was “Moley Poleys”. Teams also had the option of putting a team poster up.

“We decided our team name as a group,” junior Ben Neises said. “Our other option was ‘Mighty Moleting Power Rangers.’”

Chemistry students came to school before 6:02 a.m. on Monday to check in with chemistry teacher Chris Bellar and color their entry signs for the Molympics. The first event was “Leap Mole”, which features all students in both hours.

The Moley Mammoths won the Molympics overall, earning extra credit as a prize for winning. After, both hours ate breakfast and socialized.

“The best part was Mr. Bellar saying the Moley Mammoths won,” sophomore Molly Schmanke said.

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