FRANKLIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
FRSH Student Named a USA Biology Olympiad
Bronze Medalist at UC San Diego
Murrysville, PA (August 29, 2018) ~ Bhav Jain, a senior at Franklin Regional Senior High School, was one of five students to earn a Bronze Medal at The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) 16th Annual USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals hosted for the first time by UC San Diego. Nearly 10,500 students from 479 schools and 47 states registered in the nationwide high school competition.
During the ten days at UC San Diego, the finalists participated in intensive theoretical and practical tutorials. The high school students studied with leading U.S. biologists who are experts in the fields of cellular & molecular biology, plant anatomy & physiology, animal anatomy & physiology, genetics & evolution, ecology, ethology, and biosystematics.
“CEE is so proud of Team USA that worked so hard to compete at the USABO Finals at UC San Diego,” said Joann DiGennaro, President of CEE. “They are recognized as the highest achieving biology students in this nation. This was a remarkable experience for Team USA to use the amazing research laboratories and campus resources at UC San Diego,” she added.
The late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center founded the Center for Excellence in Education in 1983. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE’s programs include the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).
The Center for Excellence in Education developed and implemented the first-ever USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) in 2002 to train future leaders in the biological sciences. In 2004, the U.S. Team was awarded an unprecedented four gold medals in Brisbane, Australia, a feat accomplished for the first time in Biology Olympiad history. The U.S. Team has continued this remarkable record of success by winning four gold medals in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Now in its sixteenth year, the USABO continues to nurture young scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science.