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Science Olympiad 2017

Hundreds to compete at Manchester in Science Olympiad

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

At the Jan. 22 invitational, 15 high school teams and five 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, codebreaking and constructing machines such as ping-pong parachutes and musical instruments.

“It’s a privilege to coordinate this event for so many enthusiastic science students, their families, and their coaches,” said Associate Profession 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.

Science Olympiad logoManchester University’s invitational is one of five invitationals in the state this year. Invitational tournaments are a stepping-stone for regional competitions, where the top teams compete for a spot in the 2022 Science Olympiad State Tournament. 

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. For more information, go to

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Dr. Kathy Davis can be reached at She is on sabbatical, so you can best reach her by putting "Science Olympiad" in the subject line.

Middle School B Teams
Harshman Middle School
Manchester Junior-Senior High School
Northridge Middle School (two teams)
Winamac Middle School

High School C Teams
Avon High School
Benton Central High School
Bloomington High School South (two teams)
Columbia City High School
Manchester Junior-Senior High School (two teams)
Mississinewa High School
Mount Vernon High School
Northridge High School (two teams)
Peru High School
Riley High School 
Shortridge High School