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Local High Schools Excel in Cedar Crest College’s Annual Biology Olympics

In April, fifteen area high schools participated in Cedar Crest College’s 32nd Annual Biology Olympics, where students participated in various scholastic events that included a scavenger hunt, tests, and trivia. Congratulations to the overall team winners, Emmaus High School, Phillipsburg High School and Nazareth High School who placed first, second and third overall.


Overall Team Winners, Emmaus High School

Each year, the Biology Olympics challenges area high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of biology, while encouraging interest in all areas of science. The day-long competition featured group and individual events, and conclude with an “Olympics Awards Ceremony” honoring the top scoring schools. 

“As a College, it is important to interact with our feeder school districts, and provide a presence in the community,” said Biology Professor and Director of the Genetic Engineering program K. Joy Karnas, Ph.D.  “It is also crucial to promote science, and encourage the next generation to achieve in fields such as biotechnology, medical research, neuroscience, and conservation biology.  These are some of the areas that are likely to see the most growth in regard to job opportunities. Besides, it's a lot of fun.”
 
The following high schools placed in the event’s various activities:

Molecular Biology and Classical Genetics
1. Southern Lehigh High School
2. Emmaus High School
3. Phillipsburg High School

Conservation Biology and Ecology
1. Phillipsburg High School
2. Emmaus High School
3. Kutztown High School

Cells and Neurons
1. Phillipsburg High School
2. Pocono Mountain East High School
3. MMI Preparatory School

Medical Biology and Physiology
1. Phillipsburg High School
2. Southern Lehigh High School
3. Parkland High School

Evolution and Organismal Biology
1. Phillipsburg High School
2. Southern Lehigh High School
3. Parkland High School

Biology Bowl
1. Emmaus High School
2. Nazareth High School and Phillipsburg High School
3. MMI Preparatory School

Experimental Design
1. Emmaus High School
2. Nazareth High School
3. Nativity BVM High School

Scavenger Hunt
1. Emmaus High School
2. Pleasant Valley High School
3. Phillipsburg High School

Trivia
1. Nazareth High School
2. Emmaus High School
3. Pleasant Valley High School

Overall Team Winners
1. Emmaus High School
2. Phillipsburg High School
3. Nazareth High School