Students Test Their Knowledge at Biology Olympiad

Twelve Students took the open-round exam of the U.S. Biology Olympiad (USABO) in the Kirby Math and Science Center this past Wednesday.

Twelve Students took the open-round exam of the U.S. Biology Olympiad (USABO) in the Kirby Math and Science Center this past Wednesday. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education, the exam was proctored by Science Master Mary Calvert P’04 ’05 ’06.

The open exam is a 50-minute, challenging multiple-choice test open to all high school students who take biology at a registered school. The top 500 students on the open exam will advance to the semifinal round from which the top 20 will be invited to attend a two-week training camp in the June of 2019. Four students are ultimately selected from this pool to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad.

Many students prepared for the exam using Campbell’s Biology, a comprehensive college-level biology textbook known for its currency and scientific accuracy. According to Jonathan Yue ’19, who has participated in the competition for the past three years, the test is a “difficult assessment that requires the combination of breadth and depth of biological knowledge.”

Sabrina Yeung ’22 said, “Although preparing for the exam forced me to go past the level of biology I am currently studying, I wanted to take it [as a II Former] so that I’d know what [the exam] is like and hopefully do better in the test in upcoming years.”

On this year’s exam, participant Elaine Wang ’20 said, “It made me appreciate that Lawrenceville’s science courses don’t require us to memorize tons of tiny details because the exam involved a lot of those minute details that I honestly didn’t know.”

Nicholas Healy ’20 said, “Even though the exam was challenging, it was really rewarding because I was able to test what I’ve learned so far [from taking Biology.]”

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