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MMI Preparatory School Earns Top Marks in Biology Olympics at Cedar Crest College

MMI Preparatory School earned the overall top prize in the 30th Annual Biology Olympics at Cedar Crest College on April 13, besting 15 area high schools. Rounding out the top three in the overall standings were runner up Southern Lehigh High School and defending champion and third place finisher Philipsburg High School.

The MMI Preparatory School team, winner of the overall award at Biology Olympics.

Each year, the Biology Olympics challenge 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 concluded with an “Olympics Awards Ceremony” honoring the top scoring schools. Cedar Crest College Science Coordinator Lynn Ritter said the competition was keen in 2012.

“It was exciting to have such talented teams scoring lots of points at this year’s Biology Olympics,” she said. “The most important aspect of Biology Olympics is giving students excited about science the opportunity to meet, compete and be recognized for their accomplishments. Our hope is that many will pursue a college education and careers in the sciences.”

Participating schools included: Allentown Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic High School, Catasauqua Area High School, Emmaus High School, Kutztown Area High School, MMI Preparatory School, Nativity BVM High School (Pottsville), Nazareth High School, Northern Lehigh High School, Parkland High School, Philipsburg High School, Pleasant Valley High School, Pocono Mountain East High School, Southern Lehigh High School, Tulpehocken Junior/Senior High School, and Wilson Area High School.

Events and the order of finish for the Biology Olympics were as follows:

Individual Events
Anatomy and Physiology: First Place—Kutztown Area High School; Second Place—Pleasant Valley High School; Third Place—Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Botany: First Place—Southern Lehigh High School; Second Place—Pleasant Valley High School; Third Place—Emmaus High School.

Ecology: First Place—Nazareth High School; Second Place—Pocono Mountain Senior High School; Third Place— MMI Preparatory School.

Genetics: First Place—Parkland High School; Second Place—Kutztown Area High School; Third Place—Nazareth High School.

Zoology: First Place— MMI Preparatory School; Second Place—Philipsburg High School; Third Place—Pleasant Valley High School.

Team Events
Trivia: First Place—MMI Preparatory School; Second Place—Southern Lehigh High School; Third Place—Pocono Mountain Senior High School.

Scavenger Hunt: First Place—Emmaus High School; Second Place—Southern Lehigh High School; Third Place— Pocono Mountain Senior High School.

Biology Bowl: First Place—Pocono Mountain Senior High School; Second Place—Pleasant Valley High School; Third Place—Kutztown Area High School.

Experimental Design: First Place—Emmaus High School; Second Place—Philipsburg High School; Third Place— MMI Preparatory School.