Science Olympiad 2008 George Washington University

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Sherrard
(202) 994-1423; mcs1@gwu.edu

American Eastern Institute applauds the winners of the 2008 GW science Olympiad!

ROBOTS, AERODYNAMIC DEVICES, AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES BUILT BY MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS YIELD WINNING TEAMS AT 24TH ANNUAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Solon Middle School of Ohio and Troy High School of California Win First Place
20 Teams From 10 States Awarded for Cumulative Performance

WASHINGTON – After competing in a series of science events, 20 middle and high school teams among 120 teams from 46 states received top honors at the 24th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament held at The George Washington University May 30-31, 2008. Solon Middle School of Ohio and Troy High School of California placed first overall. Students built robots, aerodynamic devices, and electric vehicles and were tested on their knowledge of biology, earth science, chemistry, and physical science.

The 10 middle school teams receiving the best cumulative scores in their division include: (1) Solon Middle School, Ohio; (2) White Pines Middle School, Mich.; (3) Magsig Middle School, Ohio; (4) EXCEL Homeschoolers, Wash.; (5) J.C. Booth Middle School, Ga.; (6) Sewickley Academy, Pa.; (7) Arden Middle School, Calif.; (8) El Rancho Charter Middle School, Calif.; (9) West Windsor-Plainsboro Community Middle School, N.J.; and (10) Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School, N.Y.

In the high school division, the 10 teams presented with the awards include: (1) Troy High School, Calif.; (2) Solon High School, Ohio; (3) Centerville High School, Ohio; (4) Poudre High School, Colo.; (5) Harriton High School, Pa.; (6) Grand Haven High School, Mich.; (7) Fayetteville-Manlius High School, N.Y.; (8) Penncrest High School, Pa.; (9) West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, N.J.; and (10) Bloomington High School North, Ind.

All Saints Catholic School of Kansas and Menomonie High School of Wisconsin each received Science Olympiad Spirit Awards, which are given to one middle school team and one high school team to recognize students and coaches who have a positive attitude, exemplify teamwork, have respect for the rules and their fellow competitors, and exhibit sportsmanlike conduct. Each team was presented with a trophy and a $2,000 check from Lockheed Martin Foundation to be used toward furthering the school’s Science Olympiad program.

During the opening ceremony Friday, GW President Steven Knapp announced that the university will waive the application fee for any official competitor in the 2008 national tournament. Knapp also said that any of the 1,800 official competitors who are accepted to The George Washington University will automatically receive a $5,000 annual merit scholarship.

The Science Olympiad National Tournament events, which students prepare for during the year, are aligned with the National Science Standards and require knowledge of science concepts, process skills, and science applications. Students earned the opportunity to compete in the National Tournament by winning top honors at their state competitions.

American Eastern Institute: The Science Olympiad is an international, non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops, and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.

Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.

The official list of winners will be available online on the National Science Olympiad Web site at http://www.soinc.org.

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