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Fergus, Big Timber teams win Montana Science Olympiad

December 3, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Students from Fergus High School and Big Timber Middle School will travel to Washington, D.C. in May to compete in the 2008 National Science Olympiad Tournament at The George Washington University.

Teams from those schools won first place at the annual Montana Science Olympiad held Nov. 20 at Montana State University. Other winners in the high school division were Bozeman High School, second; and Helena High School, third. Carter County High won first place for small high schools (under 130 enrollment).

Other middle school winners were North Middle School of Great Falls, second; and Valier Middle School, third. Roosevelt Middle School of Red Lodge won first place for a small school.

More than 800 students from 57 schools participated in this year's Science Olympiad. Teams from 16 other schools had planned to participate but stayed home because of icy roads and wintery conditions.

The Science Olympiad involved 30 events relating to earth science, physics, ecology, chemistry, medical science, and civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. Some of the events called for students to fly gliders launched from balloons, build egg-carrying devices, and build musical instruments they could play.

Organizers from MSU's Science Math Resource Center and volunteers from various departments, student academic clubs and the community supervised the competitors.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or