San Juan Unified schools shine at regional Science Olympiad
Several San Juan Unified schools finished strong at the March 4 Science Olympiad regional tournament held at Mira Loma High School. Mira Loma took first place in the high school division and Winston Churchill Middle School placed first in the middle school division. Bella Vista High School came in third at the regional competition.
All three schools will advance to the northern California finals on April 1 at California State University, Stanislaus.
Science Olympiad is a science and engineering competition with more than 30 years of history. Schools form teams of 15 students that study and prepare for 23 different events covering all areas of science and engineering. Sample events include tower building, anatomy, food science, optics and rocket building. Science Olympiad is offered regionally for the high school, middle school and elementary school levels.
Mira Loma is the reigning national champion and hopes to return to defend the title. The winner of the northern California tournament will advance to the national competition at Wright State University on May 20.
Churchill team member Anuhya Banerjee said she enjoyed the competition.
“There is nothing like Science Olympiad,” Banerjee said. “I feel exhilarated when I am competing in my events and after it’s done I can’t wait until my next tournament.”