Mount Nittany Middle School

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Mount Nittany Middle School At a Glance
Member of SO since 2009
Best finish, regionals 2011, 2nd place
Best finish, state 2011, 6th place
Best finish, nationals N/A


Mount Nittany Middle School is a middle school located in State College, Pennsylvania. It is one of two middle schools located in State College, the other being Park Forest Middle School, their cross-city opponents and long-standing rivals. Both of these middle schools feed into State College Area High School.

Mount Nittany has not been to a national competition (though their predecessor school had qualified for nationals several times), and does not currently attend any invitationals. They currently compete in the Central Pennsylvania region, though they competed in Northwest Pennsylvania from 2009-2011, Northeast Pennsylvania in 2012 and from 2014-2016, and Central East Pennsylvania in 2013.

History

Results Table

Past Results
Year Regionals States
2009 * -
2010 * 5th (166) 23rd (452)
2011 * 2nd (100) 6th (296)
2012 # 5th (175) 15th (418)
2013 + 7th (195) -
2014 # 10th (271) -
2015 # 16th (386) -
2016 # 9th (243) -
2017 9th (230) -
2018 14th (340) -
2019 17th (381) -
* - Team competed in Northwest Pennsylvania this year.
# - Team competed in Northeast Pennsylvania this year.
+ - Team competed in Central East Pennsylvania this year.

State College Junior High School

Prior to 2000, there was one middle school in State College called State College Junior High School. Their Science Olympiad team did very well, winning first place at the state tournament from 1994 to 1999 and constantly placing in the top 3 at nationals. Their coach is a current science teacher at Mount Nittany.

This success peaked in 1994 and 1995, when they were national champions. To this day, they are the only national champions Pennsylvania has had in Division B.

School Split

When State College Middle School split into two schools, the old building was turned into Park Forest Middle School and a new building was built for Mount Nittany. A new Science Olympiad team eventually started up again under a different coach. Even though it has not reached the level of national prominence that the old school had, it is becoming a force in the state of Pennsylvania, reaching a place of 6th at states in 2011.

Etymology

Mount Nittany Middle School is named after the nearby mountain, Mount Nittany.

2010 Event Placings

This table shows events in which we placed 5th or higher at regionals or states in 2010.

2010 Events
Event Regionals States
Anatomy 1 6
Battery Buggy 5 26
Can't Judge a Powder 5 32
Compute This 1 4
Ecology 5 10
Elevated Bridge 1 12
Fossils 1 5
Junkyard Challenge 3 7
Ornithology 3 8
Road Scholar 1 2

2011 Event Placings

This table shows events in which we medaled in at regionals or states in 2011.

2011 Events
Event Regionals States
Anatomy 1 13
Awesome Aquifers 2 24
Can't Judge a Powder 5 5
Compute This 2 33
Crime Busters 12 4
Dynamic Planet 1 2
Ecology 1 5
Experimental Design 1 2
Fossils 1 1
Meteorology 4 10
Microbe Mission 1 2
Optics 1 14
Ornithology 1 1
Road Scholar 1 8
Shock Value 2 2