USA Biology Olympiad Finalists Selected

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USA Biology Olympiad Finalists Selected
Center for Excellence in Education Selects Top Twenty U.S. High School Students for USA Biology Olympiad Finals
McLean, VA (May 3, 2017)--  The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announced the twenty top high school students for the 15th Annual USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals. They will meet May 28 to June 9 in metro Washington, DC to participate in 10 days of intensive biology instruction—including high-level laboratory training and concepts.  Those activities will be followed by two days of testing to determine the USABO’s ‘Dream Team’—the four students who will represent the United States as Team USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) from July 23-30 in Coventry, United Kingdom.  
“CEE is proud to work with Marymount University to train the USABO National Finalists in practical and theoretical biology,” said Joann DiGennaro, President of CEE. “These students are some of the highest achieving biology students from this country, and it is exciting to prepare them for the international competition in the United Kingdom.”
Nearly 10,000 talented students from across the country registered for the USABO, according to Kathy Frame, CEE director of USABO and Special Projects.  The twenty finalists—representing nine states—were selected based on their scores from the USABO Open and Semifinal Exams.
“The mission of the USABO is to encourage excellence in biology education throughout the United States and to challenge students and their teachers to reach the gold standard in biology,” said Frame.  “USABO Finalists will each work diligently to become the best in the U.S. and to continue the United States’ success at the IBO this July.”
The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is an annual event where students from all over the world compete on their knowledge of biology.  The participants are pre-university students, ages 14 to 19.  To take part in the IBO, students must place in the top four of the National Biology Olympiad in their individual countries.
While at Marymount, USABO finalists will participate in intensive theoretical and practical tutorials, and will study with leading U.S. biologists who are experts in the fields of cellular & molecular biology, plant anatomy & physiology, animal anatomy & physiology, genetics & evolution, ecology, ethology, and biosystematics. This is the second year that Marymount will host the USABO finals with CEE in Arlington, VA.
The National Finalists selected to participate in the 2017 USA Biology Olympiad are:
Nithya Sri Attaluri, Lynbrook High School, San Jose
Prem Chintalapudi, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon
Nanki Chugh, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica
Allen Huang, Canyon Crest, San Diego
Mihir Prasad Khambete, Homestead High School, Cupertino
Alexander Tsao, Troy High School, Fullerton
Jacob Ethan Umnas, Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo
Pranav Varasri Lalgudi, Lynbrook High School, San Jose
Forest Yang, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino
Daniel Jeffrey Wu, Timber Creek High School, Orlando
William Alexander Ellsworth, George Walton Comprehensive High School, Marietta
Xuchen Wei, Carmel High School, Carmel
Catherine Lan Wang, Lexington High School, Lexington
New Jersey
Charles Rich Dai, West Windsor Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro
Andrew David Hennes, Argyle High School, Argyle
Edward M Lee, LASA High School, Austin
Thomas Wang Xiong, Seven Lakes High School, Katy
Neeraj Prasad, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria
Wenbo Wu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria
Kartik A. Iyer, International Community School, Kirkland
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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