2009
Benedictine University hosts Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition

Benedictine University hosts Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition
February 16, 2009

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

More than 400 ingenious and imaginative students from 11 area high schools and nine middle schools will converge upon Benedictine University at 9:00 a.m. on March 21 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 Science Olympiad challenges the depth of these students’ knowledge of science while reflecting their immeasurable imagination and enthusiasm,” said Ralph Meeker, Ph.D., acting dean of the College of Science at Benedictine University. “We hope that events like this will inspire more young people to pursue an interest in the sciences.” The state is divided into eight regional competition sites for high school teams and nine sites for middle school teams for the purpose of the Olympiad. Winners at each site advance to a state competition on April 25 at the University of Illinois, and state winners move on to a national Olympiad on May 15-16 in Augusta, Ga. High schools competing at Benedictine University are: Addison Trail, Benet Academy, East Leyden, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Lisle, Westminster Christian, Oak Forest, Waubonsie Valley and West Leyden. Addison Trail, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Illinois Math and Science Academy and West Leyden will field both varsity and junior varsity teams. Middle schools competing are Jefferson, Butler, Washington, Kennedy, Lincoln, Lisle, McCracken, Plank and St. Petronille. Lisle, Kennedy and St. Petronille are fielding both varsity and junior varsity teams. For more information about the Benedictine University Regional, contact the College of Science at (630) 829-6187, visit the Benedictine Science Olympiad Web site at www.ben.edu/iso 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.