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KNOXVILLE — Teams from Lebanon 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 April 2 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to determine the state’s pre-eminent science scholars.

Students from Friendship Christian School in Lebanon won the middle school division. Students from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville won the high school division. Montgomery Bell Academy also won last year.

The first-place winners received trophies, medals and financial support to compete in the 27th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament May 18-21 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Teams battled in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines such as robotics, forensics, epidemiology, 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 46 events.

The 2011 state tournament was sponsored by the UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences with support from the UT/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Alliance, the College of Engineering and the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

For more information including a detailed schedule and list of participating schools, visit http://tnscioly.utk.edu/.

C O N T A C T :

Jeffrey Kovac (865-974-3444, jkovac@utk.edu)