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Local schools shine in Region III Science Olympiad

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Benton Middle School finished second in its division at the Region III Science Olympiad held at BPCC this past Saturday.

Bossier Parish Community College’s campus was bustling with middle and high school scientists during the 2015 Louisiana Region III Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 21.

Teams from across the region competed in twenty-three challenging team events that required them to put their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills to the test. Teams consisted of up to fifteen students who cross-trained for the variety of events.

The schedule for this year’s competition, cohosted and sponsored by BPCC and the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), incorporated events from previous years as well as 13 new events including Air Trajectory, Bottle Rocket, Bridge Building, Crave the Wave, and Green Generation. Science Olympiad events encourage a wide cross-section of students and teamwork.

Tracy McGill, Director of Public Relations at BPCC, shared, “Our Science Olympiad committee also required a cross-section of administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers to successfully execute such a large competition with so many events. We are excited to provide this learning opportunity to the community and to see the students shine.”

G.B. Cazes, CIC Vice President, added, “Science Olympiad is a rigorous competition that requires a great deal of preparation by both the teams and the committee. The benefits of this academic competition are invaluable. Hands-on learning experiences are vital to students and can help prepare them to be the STEM innovators of tomorrow.”

Event medals were awarded to the top students in each division, and competition trophies were awarded to the top teams in each division. From Division B, St. John Berchmans Catholic School took home first place while Benton Middle School came in second. In Division C, Caddo Magnet High School was awarded first place. These teams along with Evangel Christian Academy, Herndon Magnet School, and Parkway High School will now represent our region in the 2015 Louisiana State Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.

Please visit www.nicerc.org to learn more about the Louisiana Region III Science Olympiad.