Record Number of High Schools Register for the USA Biology Olympiad

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Record Number of High Schools Register for the USA Biology Olympiad 
California, NJ, NY, and TX school lead the charge; 10 states have no entries

McLean, VA(December 19, 2017) — With a little more than three weeks remaining until registration closes, the USA Biology Olympiad – the premiere biology competition for U.S. high school students – has a record number of high schools officially registered, permitting students at those schools to enter the highly-competitive competition. “High school principals in California, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania have registered more of their schools for the Biology Olympiad than all other states combined,” said Xiaojun (Bill) Li, Ph.D., Vice President, USA Biology Olympiad (USABO).

The USABO, sponsored by The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. After two rounds of challenging exams, twenty finalists are invited to a two-week residential training program. Ultimately, four students are competitively chosen to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). “Every member of Team USA has medaled at the IBO since first competing in 2003. In 2017, Team USA earned four Gold Medals and the coveted #1 world ranking at the IBO held in the United Kingdom,” said Joann DiGennaro, CEE President. 

High school registration for the USABO remains open until January 16, 2018. “Currently, there are no high schools from Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Wyoming registered for the most prestigious biology competition in the world. I encourage high school principals everywhere to register and encourage your best and brightest STEM scholars to take part in the USA Biology Olympiad,” said Li. 

About the Center for Excellence in Education

The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE’s programs include the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).  

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