Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-04-08

St. James School of Montgomery won first place in the 2005 Alabama Science Olympiad held at Samford University Saturday (April 2). The team will represent the state in the national Science Olympiad competition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign May 20-21. St. James was also last year's first place state winner.

The Auburn High School team finished second, and will also travel to the national event.

In the state competition at Samford, 16 teams competed in 23 different events representing biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology.

The "blue" team from Huntsville's Randolph High, which had two teams competing, finished third.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.