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Moravian College to Host Regional Science Olympiad Competition

Students from 38 middle, junior, and senior high schools to compete on March 14

Bethlehem, Pa., March 13, 2008—Students representing 38 middle, junior, and senior high schools will compete at Moravian College in a regional Science Olympiad on Friday, March 14. The students, grade six through twelve, come from schools in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Science Olympiad is an academic, interscholastic event culminating in regional, state, and national tournaments, designed to increase student interest in science, recognize outstanding student/teacher achievement, and improve the quality of science education.

The tournament director is Dick Claussen, Coordinator of Academic Camps for Moravian College. More than 50 Moravian College students will serve as volunteers, doing everything from registration to organizing events. Dozens of area high school and Middle School science teachers will serve as supervisors and judges.

This year’s Science Olympiad will showcase 23 different events in each of two separate divisions. Events are varied and include titles such as astronomy, circuit lab, cell biology, ecology, forensics, herpetology, metric mastery, road scholar, rocks and minerals, sounds of music, trajectory, and many other interesting events that challenge students to apply principles of science to solve problems. Middle School.

Participating schools in the 2008 Science Olympiad include Exeter Township Junior High School, Boyertown East Junior High School, Wyomissing Junior High School, East Hills Middle School, Governor Mifflin Middle School, Conrad Weiser Middle School, Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, Kutztown Middle School, Nazareth Area Middle School, Hamburg Area Middle School, Fleetwood Middle School, Schuylkill Valley Middle School,  Moravian Academy Middle School , Muhlenberg Middle School, and Northwestern Lehigh Middle School.

Also Northampton High School, Muhlenberg High School, Freedom High School, Whitehall High School, Daniel Boone High School, Nazareth High School, Kutztown Area High School, Governor Mifflin High School, Parkland High School, Conrad Weiser High School, Twin Valley High School, Hamburg Area High School, Wilson High School, Emmaus HS, Allentown Central Catholic High School, Schuylkill Valley High School, Fleetwood Area High School, Wyomissing High School, Exeter Township High School, Northwestern Lehigh High School, Liberty High School, and William Allen High School, Antietam High School, Lehigh Valley Academy, and Boyertown High School.

The program for the day starts when students begin arriving at 7:30 a.m. for registration. Introductory remarks will be given at 8:30 a.m. in Johnston Hall. The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. in a variety of locations. The majority of events will be held in the Collier Hall of Science. Additional events will be held in the Haupert Union Building, Breidegam Fieldhouse, and Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex. The winners of each event and the team rankings will be announced at an awards ceremony at 2:45 p.m.

The Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization designed to promote scientific literacy among all students, a goal shared by education, industry, business, and government. For Science Olympiad results, visit the web site shortly after the event at http://www.moravian.edu/news/releases/science.

For more information about the Science Olympiad at Moravian College, please call Dick Claussen, Centraleastern Director, at 610-625-7859.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.