San Juan schools head to national Science Olympiad in May

Two San Juan Unified schools, Mira Loma High and Winston Churchill Middle, have taken top honors among Northern California schools in the 2017 Science Olympiad.

The schools took first place wins within their grade-level categories of high school and middle school and will compete in the olympiad national finals at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, May 18-20.

The April 1 Northern California competition at California State University, Stanislaus, involved 28 teams from high schools throughout the north state that showcased their knowledge of science and engineering, including tower building, anatomy, food science and rocket building.

Mira Loma has been to the nationals repeatedly during the olympiad’s 30-year history and was last year’s national champion. The high school will compete against teams from Ohio, Illinois, Texas and Southern California.

The May finals also mark Winston Churchill’s seventh straight year as north state champion and the school’s 11th trip to compete in the national tournament.

The Mira Loma team is coached by teachers Scott Martinez, Mark Porter and Rochelle Jacks. The Winston Churchill team is coached by teachers Jeff Jungk, Stephanie Bauman, Trina Seefloth, Joseph Domagalski and Barbara Beeman.

Each team includes 15 students who will make the trip to Ohio.