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D47 Middle Schools Participate in Regional Science Olympiad Competition

D47 Science Olympiad Teams  

 Bernotas and Hannah Beardsley Science Olympiad students at regional competition on March 4. 
 LMS Science Olympiad Team
                                     LMS Science Olympiad team 
 Students from Lundahl, Bernotas and Hannah Beardsley middle schools competed in the Regional Science Olympiad Competition held on March 4th at Harper College in Palatine. This year the Bernotas Middle School Science Olympiad team earned a bid to participate in the state competition to be held on April 29th at University of Illinois in Champaign.


Approximately 45 students were involved across all three D47 middle schools in this year’s competition and 17 from Bernotas (15 competitors and 2 alternates) will advance to the state competition. According to Julie Post, eighth grade science teacher at Bernotas who heads up the club, “It is quite an honor to make it to the state competition. All of the students displayed terrific teamwork and commitment and worked really hard throughout the year.”


Post mentioned that some of the schools District 47 teams competed against had as many as 23 coaches and 30-75 student members allowing for an in-depth apprentice and mentoring system. “Our kids overcame these odds by bonding together to meet their desired goal,” said Post. “Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers and these kids had fun learning as well as forging alliances.”

Science Olympiad is an afterschool program open to seventh and eighth graders who wish to further their pursuit of science. Students meet weekly throughout the year (late fall to early March) to prepare for competitions pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Interested students apply for and obtain teacher recommendations in order to participate. Fifteen applicants from each middle school are then chosen to represent each school.  

The Science Olympiad National Tournament is the culmination of more than 320 regional and state tournaments each academic year. According to its website, nearly 7,600 teams in 50 states will compete head-to-head for a chance to compete against some of the brightest and most creative students at the national tournament held in Dayton, Ohio in May. “I’m not sure if our kids can make it,” Post said. “But with their tenacity and willingness to put forth tremendous effort, I wouldn’t be surprised. They believe they can do it and that gets us halfway there!”

RBMS Science Olympiad Team  
                                    RBMS Science Olympiad Team