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Science Olympiad Winners Announced

(Posted April 29, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Stroudsburg Junior High School and Bala Cynwyd Middle School finished first and second respectively in Division B of the 2001 Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Finals held Friday, April 26, at Juniata College.

Harriton High School finished first, and three schools (State College Area High School, Penncrest High School, Fleetwood Area High School) finished second in Division C of the 2002 Science Olympiad State Finals. State College Area High School will advance to the finals because it received the largest number of gold medals.

All four teams will advance to the National Science Olympiad Finals May 17-18 at the University of Delaware. In 2004, Juniata College will host the National Science Olympiad. The state competition brought more than 1,100 high school and middle school students from across the state to the Juniata campus Friday. The students competed in 46 total events - some individual and some team -and earned points.

Attendees were divided into two divisions - Division B (grades 6-9) and Division C (grades 9-12). Teams attending the state finals at Juniata qualified by being among the top place-finishers at regional competitions. There were five regional competitions held in Pennsylvania in March and April.

The Science Olympiad State Finals highlighted the talents and skills of the top young scientific minds in Pennsylvania. Stroudsburg Junior High took the top team prize in Division B followed by second-place winner Bala Cynwyd Middle School, third-place winner Shady Side Academy, fourth-place winner Kane Area Middle School and fifth-place winner Park Forest Middle School.

Harriton High School took the Division C title followed by three teams tied for second place: State College Area High School, Penncrest High School and Fleetwood Area High School. The third-place winner was Bishop McDevitt High School (in the Harrisburg area); the fourth-place winner was Stroudsburg High School; and the fifth-place winner was Lower Merion High School.

The goals of the Science Olympiad, a non-profit organization, are to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and recognize outstanding achievement in science education. The Science Olympiad involved, nationwide, more than 1 million elementary and secondary school students in classroom activities, workshops and tournaments.

Juniata College was chosen as the site of the Pennsylvania tournament, in part, because of its recognized and ongoing commitment to the teaching of science. For more information about the Science Olympiad, visit the Science Olympiad Web site, www.soinc.org
A complete list of the first- through third-place finishers in each of the 46 events will follow this press release:
Science Olympiad Results:

B Division:
Balloon Race
1. Bishop McDevitt Junior High School
2. Stroudsburg Junior High School
3. Fleetwood Middle School

Battery Buggy
1. Kane Area Middle School
2. Stroudsburg Junior High School
3. Bishop McDevitt Junior High School

Bottle Rocket
1. Shady Side Academy
2. Kane Area Middle School
3. Danville Middle School

Bridge Building
1. Indiana Junior High School
2. Stroudsburg Junior High School
3. Shady Side Academy

Can't Judge a Powder
1. Unami Middle School
2. Park Forest Middle School
3. Stroudsburg Junior High School

Dynamic Planet
1. Kane Area Middle School
2. Wilson Southern Junior High School
3. Park Forest Middle School


Egg Drop
1. Shady Side Academy
2. Bala Cynwyd Middle School
3. Camp Hill Middle School

Experimental Design
1. Park Forest Middle School
2. Shady Side Academy
3. Ford City Junior High School

Feathered Frenzy
1. DuBois Middle School
2. Twin Valley Middle School
3. Stroudsburg Junior High School

Life Science Process
1. Shady Side Academy
2. Peters Township Middle School
3. Wyoming Area Middle School

Metric Estimation
1. Park Forest Middle School
2. Bala Cynwyd Middle School
3. Mechanicsburg Area Intermediate School

Mission Possible
1. Stroudsburg Junior High School
2. Fleetwood Middle School
3. Kane Area Middle School

Mystery Architecture
1. Stetson Middle School
2. Park Forest Middle School
3. North East Middle School

Pentathalon
1. Bala Cynwyd Middle School
2. G.A.R. Memorial Junior High School
3. Stroudsburg Junior High School

Reach for the Stars
1. Kane Area Middle School
2. Park Forest Middle School
3. Fleetwood Middle School

Road Scholar
1. Kane Area Middle School
2. Bala Cynwyd Middle School
3. Bishop McDevitt Junior High School

Rocks and Minerals
1. Shady Side Academy
2. Kane Area Middle School
3. Stetson Middle School

Science Crime Busters
1. Stroudsburg Junior High School
2. Unami Middle School
3. Bala Cynwyd Middle School

Science of Fitness
1. Peters Township Middle School
2. Clarion Area Middle School
3. Wyoming Area Middle School

Water Quality
1. Fleetwood Middle School
2. Bala Cynwyd Middle School
3. Kane Area Middle School

Weather Or Not
1. Huston Middle School
2. Wyoming Area Middle School
3. Bala Cynwyd Middle School

The Wright Stuff
1. Finley Middle School
2. Stroudsburg Junior High School
3. Shady Side Academy

Write It-Do It
1. East Hills Middle School
2. Daniel Boone Middle School
3. Unami Middle School


Division C

Boomilever
1. Harriton High School
2. Fleetwood Area High School
3. Montour High School

Cell Biology
1. Harriton High School
2. State College Area High School
3. Bishop McDevitt High School

Chemistry Lab
1. Fleetwood Area High School
2. Wyalusing Junior/Senior High School
3. Lower Merion High School

Cow-A-Bungie
1. Clarion Area High School
2. Fleetwood Area High School
3. Franklin Regional High School

Disease Detectives
1. Stroudsburg High School
2. Kutztown Area High School
3. Bishop McDevitt High School

Dynamic Planet
1. State College Area High School
2. Wilson High School
3. Harriton High School

Experimental Design
1. Harriton High School
2. Bishop McDevitt High School
3. Lower Merion High School

Feathered Frenzy
1. Lower Merion High School
2. Clarion Area High School
3. Harriton High School

From a Distance
1. Haverford Senior High School
2. Fleetwood Area High School
3. Hershey High School

Mission Possible
1. Harriton High School
2. Fleetwood Area High School
3. Friends Central School

Physics Lab
1. Hershey High School
2. Stroudsburg High School
3. Haverford High School

Polymer Detectives
1. State College Area High School
2. Haverford Senior High School
3. Penncrest High School

Practical Data Gathering
1. Harriton High School
2. Fleetwood Area High School
3. Liberty High School

Qualitative Analysis
1. Stroudsburg High School
2. Wyoming Area High School
3. Wyalusing Junior/Senior High School

Reach For the Stars
1. Harriton High School
2. Wilson High School
3. Lower Merion High School

Robot Ramble
1. Bishop McDevitt High School
2. Harriton High School
3. Fleetwood Area High School

Rocks and Minerals
1. State College Area High School
2. Harriton High School
3. Penncrest High School

Science of Fitness
1. State College Area High School
2. Harriton High School
3. Stroudsburg High School

Scrambler
1. Harriton High School
2. Fleetwood Area High School
3. Bishop McDevitt High School

Sounds of Music
1. Harriton High School
2. Lower Merion High School
3. Bishop McDevitt High School

Water Quality
1. State College Area High School
2. Harriton High School
3. Stroudsburg High School

The Wright Stuff
1. Kutztown Area High School
2. Fleetwood Area High School
3. Harriton High School

Write It-Do It
1. Berwick Area High School
2. Taylor Allerdice High School
3. Ringgold High School

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.