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March 15, 2013
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon hosts Science Olympiad state finals

Montgomery, Ala.—Young scientists and mathematicians from across the state will converge at Huntingdon College Saturday, March 16, for the Alabama Science Olympiad Division B (middle/junior high) and Division C (high school) state finals.  Huntingdon College faculty, staff, and student volunteers from the community will run 23 events for 14 teams in Division B and 22 events for 13 teams in Division C as the teams vie for the coveted first place trophies and subsequent advancement to national competition in the coming weeks.

Participating Division B teams, who have already competed and won in regional competitions, include Auburn Junior High School, Beverlye Magnet School, Brewton Middle School, J.F. Drake Middle School (Auburn), Fultondale High School (Birmingham), Holy Family School (Huntsville), Our Lady of the Valley School (Birmingham–3 teams), North Jefferson Middle School, Randolph School (Huntsville), Trinity Presbyterian School, and W.S. Neal Middle School (East Brewton). Participating Division C teams are Alabama School of Math and Science (Mobile), Auburn High School, Bob Jones High School (Madison), Florence High School, Virgil Grissom High School (Huntsville), James Clemens High School (Madison), LAMP High School-2 teams (Montgomery), Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, Pope John Paul II Catholic High School (Huntsville), Randolph School (Huntsville), Saint James School (Montgomery), and Trinity Presbyterian School (Montgomery). The teams spend months—and sometimes years—studying, practicing, and preparing for the competition. 

Teams will be tested in their knowledge of a wide range of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, forestry, epidemiology, genetics, nutrition and food science, astronomy, electricity, forensics, and geology.  They will also be asked to build or demonstrate a pre-built device designed according to specific rules.  Group B demonstrations that are open to the public include Boomilever, 9:00 to 11:50 a.m., Flowers 205; Helicopters, 8:00 –11:50 a.m., Seay Twins Art Gallery; Mission Possible, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bellingrath Hall B2; Mousetrap Vehicle, 11:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., Roland Arena; Rotor Egg Drop, 9:00–11:50 a.m., Houghton Library Atrium; and Sounds of Music, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Smith Music Building Recital Hall.  Group C public events include Elastic Launch Glider, 12:30–3:20 p.m., Wilson Community Center (Cloverdale Campus); Gravity Vehicle, 11:00 a.m.–3:20 p.m., Roland Arena; Magnetic Levitation, 12:30–3:20 p.m., Wilson Building 210, Main Campus; and Robot Arm, 12:30–3:20 p.m., Library Atrium.  See the Science Olympiad Web site at so.huntingdon.edu for event schedules and event descriptions. 

This is the thirteenth consecutive year for Huntingdon to host the Division B state finals, and the third year for Division C teams to compete at Huntingdon.  The Opening Ceremony for the Division B event will be held in Huntingdon's Catherine Dixon Roland Arena at Roland Student Center, 7:30 a.m.; Division C will open in the same location at 8:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies with award presentations will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the same location for Division B and 5:00 p.m. for Division C. 

For more information:  The event is coordinated by Dr. Sid Stubbs, provost and dean of the college; and co-directed by Dr. James Daniels, associate professor of biology, (334) 833-4470. 

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K–12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.  These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into the classroom curriculum, and attending teacher training institutes.

Huntingdon College has a 158-year commitment to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The College's motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is engraved in stone above the door of Huntingdon's historic Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contribution to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.

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