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KNOXVILLE – Teams from Knoxville and Nashville took top honors at this year’s Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament. Thirty-six middle and high school teams from across the state competed in the event held on March 27 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to determine the state’s pre-eminent science scholars.

Students from Bearden Middle School in Knoxville won the middle school division. Students from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville won the high school division.

The first place winners received trophies, medals and financial support to compete in the 26th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament May 20-22, 2010, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Teams battled in a broad range of scientific disciplines such as environmental design, forensics, remote sensing, meteorology and protein modeling. Competitions included exams, building events and laboratory exercises. More than 100 UT Knoxville faculty and students served as coordinators and judges for the 47 events.

The 2010 state tournament was sponsored by the UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences with support from the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Alliance and the UT Knoxville College of Engineering.

For more information including a detailed schedule and list of participating schools, please visit

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