The Fossil Ridge High School and Preston Middle School Science Olympiad teams are headed to nationals after earning top spots at recent state and regional competitions.
Melissa Vigil, the Fossil team’s coach, is extremely proud of both groups of students and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“We are extremely excited to compete in the virtual national competition held in May,” Vigil said.
Preston and Fossil brought home 87 medals from state and regional competitions. Fort Collins High School finished in the top 10 for state at the high school level. Kinard Core Knowledge School and Lesher Middle School also competed and placed in the top 10 for state.
Science Olympiad competitions are often compared to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (division B is middle school and division C is high school). Science Olympiad is designed to increase a student’s interest in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Top teams advance from regional to state to national levels.
The Science Olympiad national tournament is the pinnacle of achievement for 120 of the country's best Science Olympiad teams, representing more than 2,000 students. The virtual 38th annual Science Olympiad national tournament will be hosted in partnership with the California Institute of Technology from May 9-14.