California, Ohio schools take top honors at Science Olympiad National Tournament

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Middle and high school students from across the U.S. competed in the Science Olympiad National Tournament, hosted at CSU.
All photos by William A. Cotton/Colorado State University Photography

They came. They saw. They scienced.

More than 2,000 students from 120 middle and high schools across the U.S. converged at Colorado State University this past week to duke it out in one of the nation’s toughest science, technology, engineering and math competitions. In the end, Troy High School in Fullerton, California, and Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio, took top honors at the 34th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at CSU May 18-19.

Campus was abuzz with bright, motivated young visitors proudly representing their schools, including Fossil Ridge High School and Preston Middle School from Fort Collins. Competitors had earned the right to compete at CSU following victories at state tournaments held throughout the year.

The day before Saturday’s main events, students were welcomed to campus with a STEM expo at the Lory Student Center and several science and research talks led by volunteer CSU faculty and staff. Among topics students could choose from: energy, citizen science, bioengineering, fundamental physics, medical devices, drones in disaster applications, data science, and the microbiome.

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The CSU Office of Admissions was on hand throughout the two-day event, providing several campus tours and participating in the STEM Expo.

The opening ceremony in Moby Arena included keynote speaker Russ Schumacher, Colorado State Climatologist and associate professor of atmospheric science at CSU.

A full list of 2018 national tournament award recipients, and official tournament results, can be found at the Science Olympiad website.

More photos from the opening ceremony:

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Colorado State Climatologist Russ Schumacher gives remarks at the opening ceremony in Moby Arena.