Lower school science teacher Sandy Longhofer has long been an advocate for Missouri Science Olympiad – running tournaments, teaching students about events and coaching teams at Pembroke Hill. She coached the middle school team from fall 2010 to spring 2015. Based on her approximately 15 years of experience and expertise in the program, she has been named the Missouri Science Olympiad tournament director and a member of the state Board of Directors.
“I’m looking forward to being around the Science Olympiad students again,” Sandy said. “It’s a wonderful program to be a part of.”
Sandy is responsible for organizing the state tournament, held in April at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., for the 32 schools competing. Additionally, she hopes to grow the program throughout the state.
“There are quite a few larger schools involved in Science Olympiad and fewer small schools. We understand the challenges they face, and hopefully, we can find a solution so those schools can take part in this amazing, STEM-focused program,” she said. “Additionally, we’d like to re-engage with suburban schools that have dropped the program.”
Upper school Science Olympiad head coach Kim Cho said of her colleague’s appointment as tournament director, “This is fantastic news for Sandy. She works extremely hard, and having worked with her on previous Pembroke Hill tournaments, I know Sandy will run a fantastic tournament.”
Middle school coach Mary Maxson recommended Sandy last year to lead the state tournament based on her Science Olympiad experience and solid organizational skills. “I know Sandy will run a fair, impartial and well-organized competition that will benefit all teams that have the opportunity to attend the state tournament,” she said.