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For Immediate Release
Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

MEDIA ALERT FOR THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2005
PHOTO/VIDEO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

CEDAR CREST COLLEGE'S 23rd ANNUAL BIOLOGY OLYMPICS RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN BIOLOGY

10 Area High Schools To Take Part in Annual Science Event

Allentown, PA (April 12, 2005) - Local high school students will once again "go for the gold" - in the science lab - on Friday, April 15, 2005 at Cedar Crest College's 23rd Annual Biology Olympics. Each year the Biology Olympics challenges high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of biology while simultaneously encouraging interest in all the sciences.

New for this year, the Biology Olympics is receiving support from some of the biggest names in the business of science and education. Companies like Hewlett Packard, Invitrogen, VWR, Promega and Prentice Hall have made special donations, including microscopes, digital cameras, stop watches, clock radios and biology dictionaries, for the teachers and students participating this year.

The day-long competition features group and individual events for 10 area high school teams. Students will face off in a Biology Bowl, patterned after the popular College Bowl question and answer format. Participants also get the chance to use their critical thinking skills in an experimental design competition. Other events include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and individual events in ecology, genetics, botany, zoology and human anatomy and physiology. The day ends with an awards ceremony honoring the top scoring schools.

The Biology Olympics at Cedar Crest College will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with most activities taking place in the Science Center and the Alumnae Hall Auditorium. The scavenger hunt will take place on the College's Quadrangle.

The Biology Olympics at Cedar Crest is one of many events at Cedar Crest designed to encourage middle school and high school students to excel in math and science.

Media Opportunities
*Interviews with high school students, teachers and participating Cedar Crest faculty and science majors.
*Photo/Video opportunities of various events (The scavenger hunt will make a great visual).
*Best time for media arrival is between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.

A list of participating schools and a schedule of events follows on the next page. For more information, call the College Relations Office at Cedar Crest at 610-740-3790.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
Allentown Central Catholic High School
Emmaus High School
Kutztown Area High School
Northern Lehigh High School
Pleasant Valley High School
Quakertown Community High School
Southern Lehigh High School
Whitehall High School
William Allen High School
Wilson High School

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Event, Location and Times
**Scavenger Hunt
Quadrangle
10:00 - 10:30 a.m., 10:45 - 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - Noon

**Biology Bowl
Alumnae Hall .Auditorium
9:10 - 9:50 a.m., 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., 10: 45 - 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - Noon

**Individual Events/ Trivia
Science Center 106: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., 10:45 - 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - Noon
Science Center 118: 10:45 - 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - Noon

**Experimental Design
Science Center 118
10:10 - 10:40 a.m.

FINAL AWARDS CEREMONY - ALL TEAMS AND COACHES
ALUMNAE HALL AUDITORIUM, 1:25 - 2:00 P.M.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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