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Illinois
General Information
Total teams 263 (Increase 1.54% 2021 to 2022)
Division B Champion Daniel Wright Junior High School (Lincolnshire, IL)
Division C Champion Adlai E. Stevenson High School
State Tournament Location University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Website www.illinoisolympiad.org


The state of Illinois has a history of being competitive on the national level. Illinois can claim two national titles, both won by Daniel Wright Junior High School (2016, 2017), and has hosted the national tournament several times, most recently in 2010.

History

The Science Olympiad started from the endeavors of Gerard Putz and Jack Cairns, who thought that science education could benefit from a multi-school science competition. It has grown to be a nationwide competition with 48 states and has also raised interest in countries such as Canada and Japan.

The annual Illinois state competition is held at the UIUC. There is a system of divisions for the state tournament - division A and AA, AA being more competitive. Teams are placed in divisions based on the competitiveness of their regional competition and also their placing at the previous year's state competition. This system of divisions theoretically allows teams who aren't as financially supported to medal and place higher than they would if placed against exceptionally competitive teams that are gunning to go to Nationals.

Past State Champions

This is a record of the past state champions and runners-up, and their respective places at the national competition, if applicable. Scores at the state competition may be shown in parentheses.

Season Division B Division C
Champion Runner-Up Third Place Champion Runner-Up Third Place
Team Nats Place Team Nats Place Team Team Nats Place Team Nats Place Team
1986 Buffalo Grove High School 28th N/A
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991 Plum Grove Junior High 22nd South Middle School 21st Illinois Math and Science Academy 22nd Buffalo Grove High School 26th
1992 Illinois Math and Science Academy 8th N/A
1993 Illinois Math and Science Academy 5th N/A
1994 South Middle School 9th Grayslake Middle School 22nd New Trier High School 22nd Illinois Math and Science Academy N/A
1995 Maine South High School 16th Illinois Math and Science Academy N/A
1996 South Middle School 10th Prospect High School 27th N/A
1997 Park View School 6th South Middle School 17th Libertyville High School 27th N/A
1998 South Middle School 4th Prospect High School 13th Niles West High School N/A
1999 Park View School 7th South Middle School 17th Niles West High School 7th Prospect High School N/A
2000 South Middle School 7th Parker Junior High 29th Prospect High School 12th Niles West High School 28th
2001 South Middle School 8th Park View Middle School 12th Prospect High School 12th Niles West High School 26th
2002 Park View School 6th South Middle School 11th New Trier High School 10th Prospect High School 7th
2003 Park View School 13th South Middle School 15th New Trier High School 9th Prospect High School 8th
2004 Park View School 14th South Middle School 10th New Trier High School 9th Prospect High School 26th
2005 South Middle School 8th Marie Murphy Middle School 16th New Trier High School 6th Prospect High School 27th
2006 Marie Murphy Middle School 8th South Middle School 28th New Trier High School 16th Niles West High School 19th
2007 Marie Murphy Middle School 19th South Middle School 38th New Trier High School 13th Naperville Central High School 17th
2008 South Middle School 18th Kennedy Junior High School 22th New Trier High School 13th Naperville Central High School 29th
2009 Marie Murphy Middle School 12th South Middle School 17th New Trier High School 9th Adlai E. Stevenson High School 23rd
2010 Marie Murphy Middle School 5th South Middle School 12th New Trier High School 6th Adlai E. Stevenson High School 11th
2011 Daniel Wright Junior High School 15th Marie Murphy Middle School 2nd New Trier High School 7th Adlai E. Stevenson High School 16th
2012 Daniel Wright Junior High School 6th Marie Murphy Middle School 2nd New Trier High School 5th Adlai E. Stevenson High School 17th
2013 Daniel Wright Junior High School (97) 2nd Marie Murphy Middle School (100) 3rd Adlai E. Stevenson High School (72) 9th New Trier High School (100) 10th
2014 Daniel Wright Junior High School (82) 3rd Science and Arts Academy (170) 14th1 Marie Murphy Middle School (170) New Trier High School (89) 13th Adlai E. Stevenson High School (112) 11th Lyons Township High School (258)
2015 Daniel Wright Junior High School 5th Marie Murphy Middle School 6th Adlai E. Stevenson High School (105) 10th New Trier High School (144) 17th Hinsdale Central High School (221)
2016 Daniel Wright Junior High School (93) 1st Marie Murphy Middle School (100) 8th Adlai E. Stevenson High School (99) 6th New Trier High School (129) 14th Hinsdale Central High School (189)
2017 Daniel Wright Junior High School (49) 1st Marie Murphy Middle School (105) 8th New Trier High School (92) 9th Adlai E. Stevenson High School (104) 10th Neuqua Valley High School (253)
2018 Daniel Wright Junior High School 2nd Science and Arts Academy 18th New Trier High School (132) 18th Adlai E. Stevenson High School (156) 14th Naperville North High School (195)
2019 Daniel Wright Junior High School (82) 5th Marie Murphy Middle School (111) 12th Adlai E. Stevenson High School (84) 6th New Trier High School (89) 8th Naperville North High School (113)
2020 Cancelled due to the 2019-20 Coronavirus outbreak
2021 Daniel Wright Junior High School (23) 5th Science and Arts Academy (104) 28th Hawthorn Middle School North (145) Adlai E. Stevenson High School (49/53) 10th New Trier High School (73/78) 12th Naperville North High School (77/86)
2022 Daniel Wright Junior High School (60)2 6th Marie Murphy Middle School (74) 12th Science and Arts Academy (172) Adlai E. Stevenson High School (58/72) 6th New Trier High School (74/90) 8th University of Chicago Lab School (136/160)
2023 Daniel Wright Junior High School (47) 3rd Marie Murphy Middle School (59) 6th Science and Arts Academy (164) Adlai E. Stevenson High School (50/50) 1st New Trier High School (63/78) 9th Naperville North High School (132/169)
2024 Daniel Wright Junior High School (37) Marie Murphy Middle School (69) Hawthorn Middle School North (133) New Trier High School (84) Adlai E. Stevenson High School (86) University of Chicago Lab School (161)
1 Science and Arts Academy was originally placed at 18th. However, after a scoring error in Water Quality was discovered, they were awarded 14th place. There was no tiebreaker with Shady Side Academy, and both were awarded 14th.
2 2022 Illinois states ran with 2 groups (A and AA). The official scores (and the points shown) have each group separate. However, if the groups are combined, Marie Murphy wins over Daniel Wright 81 to 83. This is primarily due to Daniel Wright getting 41st in WIDI in the combined groups.


Competitions

NameTypeDateDivisionFormat
Palatine InvitationalInvitational2023-11-18CIn person
Harlem InvitationalInvitational2023-12-02CIn person
University of Chicago InvitationalInvitational2024-01-20BIn person
Libertyville InvitationalInvitational2024-01-20CIn person
Rockford Christian InvitationalInvitational2024-01-27BIn person
Crystal Lake Central InvitationalInvitational2024-01-27CIn person
Kild-Mas Founders InvitationalInvitational2024-02-03BIn person
University of Chicago InvitationalInvitational2024-02-03CIn person
Loyola InvitationalInvitational2024-02-10CIn person
LISI's InvitationalInvitational2024-02-10CIn person
Thorndeer NorthInvitational2024-02-17BIn person
Northwestern University InvitationalInvitational2024-02-24CIn person
Western Illinois University RegionalRegional2024-02-17B/CIn person
Waubonsie Valley RegionalRegional2024-02-24B/CIn person
Chicago Public Schools RegionalRegional2024-02-24B/CIn person
Parkland College RegionalRegional2024-03-02B/CIn person
Southwestern Illinois RegionalRegional2024-03-02B/CIn person
College of Lake County RegionalRegional2024-03-02B/CIn person
Harper College RegionalRegional2024-03-09B/CIn person
College of DuPage RegionalRegional2024-03-09B/CIn person
Oakton Community College RegionalRegional2024-03-09B/CIn person
McHenry County College RegionalRegional2024-03-16B/CIn person
Rock Valley College/U-46 RegionalRegional2024-03-16B/CIn person
2024 Illinois Individual State TournamentState2024-04-20B/CIn person
2024 Illinois State TournamentState2024-04-20B/CIn person

State Competition

April 20, 2024: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Division B and C are both split into A and AA teams depending on size and experience. The top two scoring teams in each division, B and C, (regardless of A or AA status) qualify for the national tournament.

For the 2024 season, ISO created a new tournament dedicated to individuals who medaled at their regional but did not earn a bid for State. The tournament is namely the Illinois Individual State Tournament. After a regional has concluded, coaches from that regional will be informed which events the students are allowed to participate in. The tournament is currently set to take place on April 20, 2024, at McHenry County College hosted by Liebman Institute for Science Innovation (LISI).

Trial Events

Division B

Agricultural Science
Bottle Rocket
Entomology
Pentathlon
Solar Power

Division C

Agricultural Science
Bottle Rocket
Entomology
Geocaching
Solar Power

Past Results

While Illinois Science Olympiad (ISO) does not have record of state results prior to 2013, a handful of state results have been reluctantly archived:

2005 B 2005 C

Until 2013, ISO did not release their full score sheets to the general public.

2013 B&C
2014 B&C
2015 C
2016 C
2017 C
2018 C
2019 B/2019 C
2021 B/2021 C
2022 B/2022 C
2023 B/2023 C

Teams

Division B

Western Illinois University Region

Lindenwood University-Belleville Region

IMSA Region

Chicago Public Schools Region

*These teams are defunct and did not compete in the most recent season.

Parkland Region

College of Lake County Region

College of DuPage Region

Oakton Region

Rockford Valley College Region


Division C

Western Illinois University Region

Lindenwood University-Belleville Region

IMSA Region

Chicago Public Schools Region

Parkland

College of Lake County Region

College of DuPage Region

Oakton Region

Rockford Valley Region

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