2007
Benedictine University to host Illinois Science Olympiad

Benedictine University to host Illinois Science Olympiad
January 30, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Ingenious and imaginative students from 12 area high schools and 14 middle schools will converge upon Benedictine University at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 to participate in an Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition. The Science Olympiad is an academic competition for middle and high school students encompassing all areas of science including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, engineering and computer technology. The high school competition includes events such as “Disease Detectives,” “Designer Genes,” “Robot Ramble” and “Wright Stuff,” and the middle school events include “Tower Building,” “Balloon Launch,” “Science Crime Busters” and “Awesome Aquifers.” “Benedictine University is thrilled to welcome some of the area’s top science students,” said Clay Runck, Ph.D., assistant professor in Biology and Benedictine Olympiad coordinator. “The enthusiasm and dedication these students have for science are both inspiring and a reflection of the excellence and dedication of science educators at area schools.” The state is divided into eight regional competition sites for the purpose of the Olympiad. Winners at each site advance to a state competition, and state winners move on to a national Olympiad. (Winnetka) New Trier edged (Skokie) Niles West to win the 2006 Illinois state high school competition. High schools competing at Benedictine University are: (Aurora) Illinois Math & Science Academy, (Naperville) Naperville North, (Northlake) West Leyden, (Lisle) Benet Academy, (Aurora) Waubonsie Valley, (Franklin Park) East Leyden, the University of Chicago Lab School, (Hinsdale) Hinsdale Central, (Addison) Addison Trail, (Aurora) Marmion Academy, (New Lenox) Lincoln-Way Central and Bloomington. Middle schools competing at Benedictine University are: Lisle, (Chicago) Jane Addams, (Oswego) Traughber, (Downers Grove) Avery Coonley, (Naperville) Sts. Peter and Paul, (Naperville) Kennedy, (Chicago) Latin School, Science Academy of Chicago, (Mount Prospect) Lincoln, (Chicago) Latin School, Burr Ridge Middle School, (Darien) Kingswood Academy, South and (Naperville) Washington. The winners of the Benedictine University Regional will advance to the 2007 Illinois State Olympiad to be held at the University of Illinois in Champaign on Saturday, April 21. For more information about the upcoming regional, contact the College of Science at Benedictine University at (630) 829-6060, visit the Benedictine Science Olympiad Web site at www.illinoisolympiad.org/regionals/benedictine/benedictine.shtml, or visit the Illinois Science Olympiad Web site at www.illinoisolympiad.org.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.