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Science Olympiad teams advance, Clay City High School fifth

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

VINCENNES, Ind. - Teams from ten schools competed Feb. 16 at Vincennes University in about two dozen different events that tested students' knowledge of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. This is the 16th year VU has hosted the Science Olympiad Region Competition.

In the high school competition, Columbus North placed first, North Daviess placed second, Sullivan placed third, Rivet placed fourth and Clay City placed fifth. Columbus North and North Daviess high schools will both advance to the state Science Olympiad.

In the middle school competition, Carlisle placed first, Tri-North from Bloomington placed second, Sullivan placed third, and Clark and Rivet, both in Vincennes, placed fourth and fifth respectively. Carlisle and Tri-North will both advance to the state Science Olympiad.

"The Science Olympiad brings together bright students from middle and high schools and helps them prepare for roles in the world of technology ahead," said Richard Shippee, dean of VU's Science and Mathematics Division.

"Leaders in government, education, business, and industry have stated many times that Science Olympiad participants will become tomorrow's science and technology leaders."

Teams were welcomed during an opening ceremony at VU's Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, followed by the contests beginning at 9 a.m., at multiple campus sites. The competition concluded at 2:15 p.m., with awards presented at 4 p.m. in VU's Green Activities Center.

The Science Olympiad is a national program for elementary, middle school and high school students to encourage enrollment in science classes and careers in the science fields. The Science Olympiad reinforces the concepts of learning by doing, learning by cooperating and learning by working together.

Members of winning teams each received a medal; bronze for third place, silver for second, and gold for first in each event. Team scores from throughout the day were totaled and based on total points, the first, second, and third place teams received trophies. The top two teams from the middle school and high school divisions advanced to the State Science Olympiad.

For more information, visit VU's Science Olympiad web site:

http://olympiad.vinu.edu.



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