San Juan Unified schools lead state at Science Olympiads
San Juan Unified schools came in strong at the Science Olympiad tournament on April 1 at California State University, Stanislaus. The tournament brought together finalists consisting of the top 28 teams from schools across Northern California to compete in science and engineering events, including tower building, anatomy, food science, optics and rocket building.
Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School each won their respective divisions and will now move on to the national finals May 18 - 20 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Mira Loma won a definitive victory with a point total double their next closest competitor. Winston Churchill won by 32 points and took home a gold medal in 13 of the 23 events.
Mira Loma has been to the nationals several times over the competition’s 30-year history and will be the returning national champions. They will compete against the top teams from Ohio, Illinois, Texas and Southern California.
This will be Winston Churchill’s seventh year in a row as state champions and the 11th time at a national tournament. Last year, the school was second in the nation for middle schools. A victory this year would be the school’s first national title.
The Mira Loma team is coached by teachers Scott Martinez, Mark Porter and Rochelle Jacks. The Winston Churchill team is coached by teachers Jeff Jungk, Stephanie Bauman, Trina Seefloth, Joseph Domagalski and Barbara Beeman.