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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Seventeen middle- and high-school teams from across the state are scheduled to compete Saturday in the Tennessee Science Olympiad hosted by the University of Tennessee- Knoxville Office of Special Programs.

 Dr. Don Byerly, a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences and director of the Olympiad, said teams from the following schools qualified for the competition based on their performances in regional competitions:

 High schools — West (Knoxville); Oak Ridge; Hixson; Franklin; St. Cecelia Academy (Nashville); Germantown; Houston (Germantown); and White State (Memphis).

 Middle schools — Robinson (Kingsport); Bearden (Knoxville); Jefferson; Oak Ridge; Portland; Ellis (Hendersonville); Greenfield; White Station (Memphis); and Collierville.

 Approximately 130 UT-Knoxville faculty and students will serve as event coordinators and judges.

 Byerly said first place winners at the middle- and high-school levels will earn trophies, medals and financial support to compete May 16-17 in the National Science Olympiad at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.


 Contact: Dr. Don Byerly (423-974-6007) or Mrs. Emily Jones (423-974-0756)