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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC, EMMAUS AND PLEASANT VALLEY ARE TOPS AT CEDAR CREST’S 23RD ANNUAL BIOLOGY OLYMPICS

Nine Area High Schools Take Part in Science Event

Allentown, PA (April 15, 2005) - High school students from nine area high schools went for the gold, in the science lab, during Cedar Crest College’s 23rd Annual Biology Olympics. Each year, the Biology Olympics challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge of biology while encouraging interest in all areas of science as well.

The day-long competition featured group and individual events. Students competed in a Biology Bowl patterned after the popular College Bowl question and answer format. Participants also used their critical thinking skills in an experimental design competition, which required students to submit a written plan of action detailing a solution to a given biological problem. Other events included a trivia contest, a scavenger hunt and individual events in ecology, genetics, botany, zoology and human anatomy and physiology. The day ended with an “Olympic Awards Ceremony” honoring the top scoring schools.

The Biology Olympics is one of many events at Cedar crest designed to encourage high school students to excel in math and science. Competing schools included: Allentown Central Catholic High School, Emmaus High School, Kutztown Area High School, Northern Lehigh High School, Pleasant Valley High School, Southern Lehigh High School, Whitehall High School, William Allen High School and Wilson Area High School.

Biology Olympics Results
Winning High School Teams at the 23rd Annual Biology Olympics

Overall Winners:
(Teams finishing with the most points)

First Place Allentown Central Catholic High School
Second Place Emmaus High School
Third Place Pleasant Valley High School

Individual Event Winners:
(Teams with individuals scoring the most points in a given event)

Anatomy and Physiology Allentown Central Catholic High School
Botany Allentown Central Catholic High School
Ecology Allentown Central Catholic High School
Genetics Allentown Central Catholic High School
Zoology Emmaus High School

Team Event Winners:
(Teams scoring the most points collectively in a given event)

Trivia Allentown Central Catholic High School
Scavenger Hunt Allentown Central Catholic High School
Biology Bowl Allentown Central Catholic High School
Experimental Design Allentown Central Catholic High School

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

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