Two San Juan district schools headed to national Science Olympiad competition

For the second consecutive year, Churchill Middle School and Mira Loma High School have won their divisions in the NorCal Science Olympiad State Finals.

The two San Juan Unified School District schools will compete in the national tournament in May. Both schools have a long history of Science Olympiad success, dating back to the 1980s, according to a district news release. Churchill and Mira Loma advanced to the state finals after the regional competition in mid-March. Bella Vista High School placed third in its division, also earning a trip to the April 18 NorCal finals at California State University, Stanislaus.

The national tournament is scheduled May 15-16 at the University of Nebraska.

Deterding Elementary School also took home Science Olympiad honors in mid-March as 14 schools in the Sacramento region participated in the first competition for elementary schools. Three San Juan district schools – Deterding, Mission Avenue and Sierra Oaks K-8 – competed, with Deterding placing first and Mission Avenue, second.

The Churchill Middle School team is coached by teachers Jeff Jungk, Jeff Darrow, Theresa Hollenbeck, Dena Kauer and Stephanie Bauman, with help from parents and community members. Coaches for the Mira Loma team are teachers Scott Martinez, Mark Porter and Rochelle Jacks.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.