USA Biology Olympiad Team to Be Named Tomorrow at Mason

Posted: June 5, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

The four high school students comprising the first-ever United States Biology Olympiad team will be named tomorrow evening in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. The event, sponsored by the independent Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), highlights the closing ceremonies of the two-week USA Biology Olympiad held at George Mason. Marshall Nirenberg, 1968 Nobel Laureate who is recognized for his discovery of the universal genetic code, is the keynote speaker.

The Olympiad is a prestigious national academic competition at which 20 finalists–selected from an original pool of 4,000 high school biology students–compete with each other and vie for one of the coveted spots on the four-person U.S. team. The group will then head to Minsk, Belarus, next month to participate for the first time in the International Biology Olympiad’s 15-year history.

Four Virginia students are among the 20 finalists: Kay Aull, Robert Moffatt, and Corinne Pender from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria; and Caitlin Golden from Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg.

“We are very proud of the students who have achieved this recognition,” says Joann DiGennaro, president of CEE, a Vienna, Va., nonprofit that nurtures careers in science and technology.

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