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Harriton High and Shady Side Academy Take Top slots at Pennsylvania Science Olympiad

(Posted April 26, 2004)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Shady Side Academy Middle School and Stroudsburg Junior High School finished first and second respectively in Division B of the 2003 Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Finals held Friday, April 23, at Juniata College.

Harriton High School finished first, and Penncrest High School finished second in Division C of the 2004 Science Olympiad State Finals..

All four teams will advance to the National Science Olympiad Finals May 22 also at Juniata College. The state competition brought more than 1,100 high school and middle school students from across the state to the Juniata campus Friday. The ensuing national contest will bring more than 4,000 visitors to the campus. 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. Shady Side Academy Middle School took the top team prize in Division B followed by Stroudsburg Junior High second-place winner, third-place winner Bishop McDevitt Junior High School, fourth-place winner Fleetwood Middle School and fifth-place winner Kane Area Middle School.

Harriton High School took the Division C title followed by second-place finisher Penncrest High School. The third-place winner was Lower Merion High School; the fourth-place winner was Bishop McDevitt High School; and the fifth-place winner was Kutztown Area 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 national tournament as well as the Pennsylvania tournament, in part, because of its recognized and ongoing commitment to the teaching of science. For more information about the college's upcoming National Science Olympiad, visit the Science Olympiad Web site, http://projects.juniata.edu/scioly/national/.


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:

Wheeled vehicle
1. DuBois Middle School
2. Shady Side Academy
3. Wyoming Area Middle School

Bottle Rocket
1. Wyoming Area Middle School
2. Finley Middle School
3. Shady Side Academy

Bridge Building
1. Indiana Junior High School
2. Stroudsburg Junior High School
3. Kane Area Middle School

Can't Judge a Powder
1. Shady Side Academy Middle School
2. Clarion Area High School
3. Indiana Junior High School

Dynamic Planet
1. JT Lambert Intermediate School
2. Hershey Middle School
3. Finley Middle School

Egg Drop
1. Fleetwood Middle School
2. Kutztown Middle School
3. Bala Cynwyd Middle School

Experimental Design
1. Bishop McDevitt Junior High School
2. Shady Side Academy Middle School
3. Spring Ford Middle School

Forestry
1. Kane Area Middle School
2. Shady Side Academy Middle School
3. Stetson Middle School

Fossils
1. Shady Side Academy
2. JT Lambert Intermediate School
3. Danville Middle School

Life Science Process
1. Shady Side Academy Middle School
2. Chichester Middle School
3. Kane Area Middle School

Meteorology
1. Whitehall Coplay Middle School
2. Spring Ford Middle School
3. Stetson Middle School

Metric Estimation
1. Shady Side Academy Middle School
2. Kane Area Middle School
3. Strath Haven Middle School

Mission Possible
1. Stroudsburg Junior High School
2. Shady Side Academy Middle School
3. Peirce Middle School

Picture This
1. Wyoming Area Middle School
2. Stroudsburg Junior High Middle School
3. Shady Side Academy Middle School

Reach for the Stars
1. Shady Side Academy Middle School
2. Fleetwood Middle School
3. Stetson Middle School

Road Scholar
1. Hershey Middle School
2. Unami Middle School
3. Kane Area Middle School

Robo-Billiards
1. Shady Side Academy Middle School
2. Stroudsburg Junior High School
3. Spring Ford Middle School

Science Crime Busters
1. Stroudsburg Junior High School
2. Shady Side Academy Middle School
3. Danville Middle School

Science of Fitness
1. Fleetwood Area Middle School
2. Shady Side Academy Middle School
3. Peirce Middle School

Storm The Castle
1. Bishop McDevitt Junior High School
2. East Hills Middle School
3. Burrell-Huston Middle School

Water Quality
1. Stroudsburg Junior High School
2. Stetson Middle School
3. Kane Area Middle School

The Wright Stuff
1. Shady Side Academy Middle School
2. Finley Middle School
3. Whitehall Coplay Middle School

Write It-Do It
1. Shady Side Academy Middle School
2. Kane Area Middle School
3. Burrell -Huston Middle School


Division C

Astronomy
1. Lower Merion High School
2. Greater Latrobe Area Senior High School
3. Fleetwood AreaHigh School

Bottle Rocket
1. Harriton High School
2. Lower Merion High School
3. Wyoming Area High School

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

Chemistry Lab
1. Bishop McDevitt High School
2. Kane Area High School
3. State College Area High School

Tower Building
1. Harriton High School
2. Lower Merion High School
3. Kutztown Senior High School

Disease Detectives
1. DuBoisArea High School
2. State College Area High School
3. Greater Latrobe Senior High School

Designer Genes
1. Penncrest High School
2. State College Area High School
3. Taylor Allerdice High School

Dynamic Planet
1. DuBois Area High School
2. State College Area School
3. Greater Latrobe Senior High School

Experimental Design
1. Lower Merion High School
2. Kutztown Senior High School
3. Harriton High School

Forestry
1. Penncrest High School
2. Harriton High School
3. Lower Merion High School

Fossils
1. Harriton High School
2. Franklin Regional Senior High School
3. State College Area High School

Mission Possible
1. Kutztown Senior High School
2. Stroudsburg High School
3. Bishop McDevitt High School

Physics Lab
1. State College Area High School
2. Kutztown Senior High school
3. Harriton High School

Polymer Detectives
1. Bishop McDevitt High School
2. Plum Senior High School
3. Harriton High School

Practical Data Gathering
1. Hershey High School
2. Bishop McDevitt High School
3. Cedar Cliff High School

Qualitative Analysis
1. Wyoming High School
2. Harriton High School
3. Spring Grove Area High School

Storm the Castle
1. Kutztown Senior High School
2. Springfield High School
3. Shippensburg High School

Remote Sensing
1. Penncrest High School
2. Greater Latrobe Senior High School
3. Lower Merion High School

Robot Ramble
1. Penncrest High School
2. Bishop McDevitt High School
3. Kutztown Senior High School

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

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

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

Write It-Do It
1. Lake-Lehman High School
2. Stroudsburg High School
3. Harriton High School

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