USA Biology Team Members Earn Medals at IBO Challenge

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USA Biolympiad Team Members Earn Medals at International Biology Olympiad Challenge 2020

McLean, VA (August 26, 2020) – All four members of USA Biolympiad Team received medals at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) Challenge 2020 (which replaced the 31st IBO in Nagasaki, Japan). The students represented the United States at the competition after winning the 2020 Virtual USA Biolympiad (USABO) National Finals, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE). Nearly 10,000 students from 500 schools, 43 states, and 11 International Schools registered in the national high school competition.

2020 USA Biolympiad Team IBO Gold Medalists in alphabetical order: Judson Lam, Naperville North High School, Naperville, Illinois; Nithin Parsan, Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas; and Albert Zhang, North Hollywood Senior High School, North Hollywood, California.

2020 USA Biolympiad Team IBO Silver Medalist: Derrick Liang, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia

“These students honored our country at the international biology competition,” said Joann DiGennaro, President of CEE. “They are exceptional scholars headed for outstanding careers in science.”

The IBO planned for 2020 in Nagasaki, Japan was cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead of leaving national representatives without an opportunity for international competition, the hosts of IBO 2020 offered a virtual substitute for national winners to showcase their abilities and encounter new aspects of biology.

About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. 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 Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). Visit https://www.cee.org/.

About the USA Biolympiad
The Center for Excellence in Education developed and implemented the first-ever USA Biolympiad (USABO) in 2002 to train future leaders in the biological sciences. In 2004, the USA Biolympiad 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 eighteenth year, the USABO continues to nurture young scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science.  Visit https://www.usabo-trc.org/.

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