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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 5 years ago

Oh, Voil rules! Brothers win top medals at regional science fair

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Brothers Weston and Noah Voil won first and second place for bridge-making and car-levitation, respectively. And yes, that says car-"levitation."

BY MIKE CAVALIERE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

You probably don’t know what boomalevers or maglev cars are, but they won brothers Weston and Noah Voil top honors at last month’s regional Science Olympiad competition, against seven other area high schools.

Ormond Beach residents Weston, 16, and Noah, 14, of Mainland High School, brought home a first-place gold medal for their boomalever, a load-bearing bridge that supported 15 kilograms of weight without breaking.

They won a silver medal for their magnetic-levitation, or “maglev,” car, a vehicle they got to levitate along the length of a four-foot track in 1.4 seconds.

“We’re both very involved in our academics,” Weston Voil said, “so we like to do extra-curricular activities.

Out of 20-30 competitions, Mainland earned fourth place overall in the region, also winning first place in a glider event. In addition to their two top wins, the Voil brothers also earned a third-place nod for a rocks-and-minerals exam competition, reeling in five medals overall.

Their first year in the club, the brothers will take their talents to a state competition next month, where they hope to bring home even more hardware.

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