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IU Northwest announces 2012 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament winners

Valparaiso schools take highest honors


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2012 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament Results

Middle and high school students from 19 schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties demonstrated their science and engineering talents at the 2012 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday at Indiana University Northwest.

Valparaiso High School took the gold medal in Saturday’s competition; Chesterton High nabbed the silver; and Highland secured the bronze. Crown Point High School was named the wildcard and Michigan City the runner-up.

In the middle school competition, Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Valparaiso won the gold medal, followed by Chesterton Middle School with the silver and Clifford Pierce Middle School, in Merrillville, with the bronze. Forest Ridge Middle School in Schererville was named the wildcard and St. Michael School in Schererville the runner-up.

View highlights from the 2012 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament here:

The top three high schools and top three middle schools will advance to the state competition on Saturday, March 24 at Indiana University Bloomington. The wildcard winners will advance to a wildcard tournament on March 10 at Ivy Tech in Lafayette, and the winner of that tournament will also compete the state competition. From there, the top teams will advance to the national tournament on May 18 and 19 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

As a national non-profit organization launched in 1982, Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving K-12 science education. Science Olympiad represents an ideal opportunity for middle and high school students to meet and interact with scientists, academicians, college students, local engineers, and community members in a competitive yet enjoyable setting. Tournaments are designed to: emphasize problem-solving aspects of science and the understanding of scientific concepts; develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students; and demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

The results can be viewed at