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Beckendorff Junior High School recently announced it will host the Katy Regional Science Olympiad Tournament on March 3, welcoming over 1,000 junior high and high school students from all over Texas.

BDJH science teacher Scott Lightle is well-known for having pioneered science Olympiad activities within Katy ISD. He has been coaching BDJH teams in science Olympiad competitions for many years now and with great success. In 2009, a BDJH team placed eighth at the national event. In order to reach nationals, teams must place first, second, or third in their corresponding state competitions.

In Texas, the state competition is held at Texas A&M University. In order to compete in their corresponding state competitions, teams must qualify by placing first or second in a regional competition. This year, Lightle has been asked by Texas A&M University to host one of these regional tournaments.

At the upcoming regional tournament, approximately 15 junior high teams and 15 high school teams from across the state will compete for a spot in the upcoming state meet. The tournament will be the first one to be run by a public school, since most regional competitions take place on college campuses. The level of excellence that is expected from the organization of this event was highlighted when the director of the National Science Olympiad, Bob Coverdill, paid a visit to BDJH from the University of Illinois and met with coach Lightle and the team. For more information, visit www.bdjhscienceolympiad.org.

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