History of the Arizona Science Olympiad - Division C
In the spring of 1982 Hugh Forshier, science teacher at Shadow Mountain High School of the Paradise Valley District with help of fellow teachers, Lois Blondeau and Dick Dutton conducted a Science Olympiad Contest utilizing the basic sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Awards of plaques and trophies were presented courtesy of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science.
In the summer of 1988, Dr. Charles Y. Hoyt, started the High School Division C Science Olympiad program. The Arizona Alliance for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education has sponsored the Science Olympiad program from the beginning until 2004.
In April of 2005 after the dissolution of the AZA the Arizona Science Olympiad Division C became an affiliated organization of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. In 2016, the Arizona Division B and C Science Olympiads were officially merged.
Historical Leadership of the Arizona Science Olympiad
Year(s) Position Individual
1986-1992 State Director Dr. Charles Y. Hoyt
1993-2005 State Coordinator Dr. Charles Y. Hoyt
1988-1998 Site Director Dr. Bud Ellis
1993-1995 State Director Dr. Jeff Pommerville
1996 State Director Dr. Stan Celestian
1997-2002 State Director Dr. Stephen R. Williams
1999-2016 Site Director Dr. Karen Conzelman
2003-2004 State Director Dr. Karen Conzelman
2004-2007 State Director Mrs. Agripina Paluch
2007-2008 State Director Mr. Hal Eastin
2008-2009 State Co-directors Mr. Hal Eastin and Mrs. Agripina Paluch
2009-2016 State Director Mrs. Agripina Paluch
In 1993 the Salt River Project became the first Presenting Sponsor of the Arizona Science Olympiad Program
Some individuals have made exceptional contributions to Arizona's Science Olympiad. ANAS has dedicated some special awards in honor of these individuals.
Dr. Charles Hoyt and Dr. Bud Ellis
Dr. Charles Hoyt and Dr. Bud Ellis were both instrumental in Arizona Science Olympiad. Special awards for Dr. Hoyt and Ellis are still active and more information can be found on the main Arizona Science Olympiad - Division C page.
Ed will be remembered by the Arizona Science Olympiad teams as the event supervisor for Towers and Boomilevers.
He was a volunteer and leader in the engineering community. Not only was he active in the Science Olympiad, but in his soft-spoken and unassuming way, Ed promoted and assisted with numerous science fairs and competitions for young people.
Ed was an electrical engineer who had worked during his career for NASA and taught at Cleveland State University and ASU.
Arizona lost this pioneer of science and supporter of youth on August 14, 2006.
Charles was the supervisor of the Renewable Energy event in the Arizona Science Olympiad for many years.
An electrical engineer, Chuck worked in quality assurance and manufacturing engineering and has several inventions to his credit. He was a passionate advocate for alternative energy sources, particularly hydrogen power, and worked very hard speaking to groups about the dangers of US foreign oil dependency.
He passed away in December 21, 2006.
With degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities, Floyd taught mathematics to students in public and private high schools and, for more than 15 years, to undergraduates at ASU, Tempe, Arizona.
He is the co-author of a popular high school text, "Geometry," first published in 1964, last revision in 1991. The text appears in several languages and is still used internationally.
As one of the founding members of the Arizona Alliance for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (AZA), sponsor of the AZ Science Olympiad from 1989-2004, Dr Downs helped nurture the Science Olympiad program in the state.
Professional activities included leadership roles in mathematics education, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and The College Board's mathematics committee.