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Students compete in Kenston Science Olympiad
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Students compete in Kenston Science Olympiad

About 750 students gathered at Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls for its fourth annual Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday.

Coming from Ohio and Virginia, 54 teams of middle and high school students participated in 23 events in different categories including social science, earth and space science, chemistry, and technology and engineering.

In the high school tournament, Revere High School finished first, Beachwood High School, second, and St. Ignatius, third.

From Home Page Solon Middle School won the middle school division, with Longfellow Middle School from Virginia and Memorial Middle School of Mentor taking second and third, respectively.

The events were split evenly between building, lab work and test taking events, said Bob Sofranko, the coach for Kenston Middle School.

The events focus on teamwork and showing science in action, instead of just reporting information.

"It's great to have the students in an environment where the teachers really care," Sofranko said.

Local schools from Mayfield, Painesville and Chardon, among others, braved the snow to participate.

The Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization that works to improve science education while also increasing students' passion for the topics.

Tournaments are held throughout the year, and an upcoming tournament in Solon on Feb. 4 will draw teams from across the country, Sofranko said.

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