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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

EMMAUS, ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC AND PLEASANT VALLEY ARE TOPS AT CEDAR CREST’S 24TH ANNUAL BIOLOGY OLYMPICS

Nine Area High Schools Take Part in Science Event Held on April 21, 2006

Allentown, PA (April 21, 2006) - High school students from nine area high schools went for the gold, in the science lab, during Cedar Crest College’s 24th 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 , Northern Lehigh High School, Phillipsburg High School, Pleasant Valley High School, Southern Lehigh High School, Whitehall High School, William Allen High School and Wilson High School.

Biology Olympics Results
Winning High School Teams at the 24th Annual Biology Olympics

Overall Winners: (Teams finishing with the most points)


First Place: Emmaus High School
Second Place: Allentown Central Catholic 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: Emmaus High School
Botany: Phillipsburg High School
Ecology: Pleasant Valley High School
Genetics: Emmaus High School
Zoology: Wilson High School

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

Trivia: Emmaus High School
Scavenger Hunt: Emmaus 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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