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Hundreds of students to compete at Manchester Science Olympiad

The annual Manchester University Science Olympiad Invitational draws hundreds of middle and high school students.

At the Jan. 11 invitational, 21 high school teams and nine middle school teams will bring about 400 students to the North Manchester, Ind., campus.

There will be more than 30 events and competitions, with activities that include solving forensic cases, building protein models and constructing machines such as boomilevers (cantilevered wood structures), ping-pong parachutes and musical instruments.

“We’re honored to welcome so many enthusiastic science students to our campus,” said Dr. Kathy Davis, who teaches chemistry at the University. She has been a part of the Manchester Science Olympiad Invitational since 2011.

The Science Olympiad encourages students to learn in different ways. It also exposes them to Manchester’s close-knit community where faculty inspire students to develop their curiosity. 

Dozens of Manchester faculty, students and staff donate their time writing events, running events and assisting visiting students during their day on campus.

Manchester University’s invitational is a stepping-stone for regional competitions, where the top teams compete for a spot in the 2020 Science Olympiad State Tournament. 

The Science Olympiad is a national organization that has provided premier competition opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) events for more than 30 years. Nearly 8,000 teams are competing in 2020. For more information, go to

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Teams competing
Middle School B Teams

Harshman Middle School
Kankakee Valley Middle School
LaPorte Middle School
Manchester Junior-Senior High School (2 teams)
Northridge Middle School (2 teams)
The Stanley Clark School (2 teams)
High School C Teams
Avon High School (2 teams)
Bloomington High School North (3 teams)
Columbia City High School (2 teams)
East Noble High School
Kankakee Valley High School
Manchester Junior-Senior High School
Mississinewa High School
Mt. Vernon High School
Northridge High School (2 teams)
Peru High School (2 teams)
Pike High School
Riley High School (2 teams)
Shortridge High School
Winamac Community High School

About Manchester
With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

January 2020