TJ Middle, Munster High advance to national Science Olympiad
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent March 16, 2013 10:57PM
Members of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School team hoist their state championship trophy during the awards ceremony for the 2013 Indiana State Science Olympiad tournament at Indiana University in Bloomington Saturday Mar. 16, 2013. Thomas Jefferson and Munster High School earned the right to compete in the national tournament at Wright State University in May. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: April 18, 2013 7:19AM
Thomas Jefferson Middle School will make its 24th consecutive trip to the Science Olympiad National competition in May.
The Valparaiso school took its 21st state title Saturday during the state competition at Indiana University in Bloomington. Jefferson Coach Rich Bender said the team’s score of 85 points was one of its best scores yet.
“It’s very, very gratifying,” Bender said of the victory Saturday night. “(The competition) is always hard, and I’m a bit surprised that we’ve sustained (the winning streak) as long as we have.”
Munster High School won the high school division with 87 points.
The Division B rankings are as follows: Thomas Jefferson, 85 points; Stanley Clark Middle School of Mishawaka, with 132 points; Wilbur Wright Middle School of Munster with 137 points; Chesterton Middle School with 206 points; and Tri-North Middle School of Bloomington with 234 points.
With Munster in the lead, the Division C rankings are Bloomington North High School coming in second with 150 points; Bloomington South High School worth 175 points; Valparaiso High School with 182 points; and Northridge High School with 189 points.
The top two schools from each division head to the national competition May 17-18 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.