2008
Benedictine University hosts Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition

Benedictine University hosts Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition
February 12, 2008

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

Ingenious and imaginative students from 10 area high schools and 10 middle schools will converge upon Benedictine University at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 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. “Benedictine University is thrilled to welcome some of the area’s top science students,” said Donald Taylor, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science at Benedictine University. “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 middle school teams and nine sites for high school teams for the purpose of the Olympiad. Winners at each site advance to a state competition on April 26 at the University of Illinois, and state winners move on to a national Olympiad on May 30-31 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. High schools competing at Benedictine University are: Addison Trail, Elk Grove, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Homewood-Flossmoor, Marmion Academy, Naperville North, Waubonsie Valley, the University of Chicago Lab School and Oswego East. Elk Grove, Addison Trail, Naperville North, University of Chicago Lab School, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South and Marmion will field both varsity and junior varsity teams. Middle schools competing at Benedictine University are: Avery Coonley, Bednarcik, Burr Ridge, Kennedy, Haines, Lincoln, Lisle, St. Petronille, Rotolo and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Avery Coonley, Bednarcik, 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.