VIENNA, Va., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) today announced the selection of the four-member US team of the USA Biology Olympiad. This team will represent the United States, for the very first time, at the International Biology Olympiad in Minsk, Belarus, in July 2003. The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), established by the Center for Excellence in Education, is a prestigious 4-tier competition for US high school biology students. According to Joann DiGennaro, President of the Center for Excellence in Education, "The USABO has opened the doors for US participation at the International Biology Olympiad in keeping with the Center for Excellence in Education's mission of nurturing careers in science and technology leadership ... We are proud of our winners and are confident that they will not only succeed in the International Olympiad, but will continue to make significant future contributions to the field of biological studies. The Gold Medalists of the USA Biology Olympiad who will represent the US in the Belarus are: * Kay Aull, 15, Thomas Jefferson High School, Virginia * Kelley Harris, 15, McClatchey High School, California * Victor Li, 17, Monta Vista High School, California * Michael Xiang, 17, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, New Jersey Recipients of the Silver Medal are * Yicheng Cheng, 18, Troy High School, Michigan * Elizabeth Ann Fouts, 18, Lake Ridge Academy, Ohio * Maureen Murphy-Ryan, 17, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Maryland * Phillip Stiendel, 18, Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey The Bronze Medalists are * Brad Hargreaves, 16, Caddo Magnet High School, Louisiana * Kritin Hughes, 17, Miami Valley high School, Ohio * Corinne Pender, Thomas Jefferson High School, Virginia * Si Hyun Kim, 17, University High School, California The four gold medalists, selected by the Academic Jury of the USABO were chosen from an original pool of 4,000 students. From these, 500 were selected to participate in the semi-final examination. The semi finalists were narrowed down to 20 National Finalists, who, for the past ten days, have been attending a 10-day rigorous training camp at George Mason University, under the tutelage of leading biology teachers. In the final competition, which was significantly challenging, the top four were selected. According to Dr. William Stuart, Director of the USABO, and head of the Academic Jury of the USABO, "These kids are extraordinarily motivated, and refreshingly diverse in personality and intellectual style. As tomorrow's scholars and researchers in biology, these students will be honing the dynamic edge of biological sciences in the future." About the Center for Excellence in Education The Center for Excellence in Education was co-founded by Joann P. DiGennaro and the late Admiral Rickover in 1983 to nurture careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology. Luminaries such as President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Senators William H. Frist and Joseph I. Lieberman, and former Secretary of Defense, Frank C. Carlucci, serve on the Center's Board of Trustees. The Center sponsors three major programs for high school students: the Research Science Institute (RSI), the Role Models Project (RMP), and the USA Biology Olympiad. For more information on these programs, visit our website at www.cee.org.
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