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Illinois At a Glance
Total teams 218
B Champion Marie Murphy Jr High School (Wilmette, IL)
C Champion New Trier HS (Winnetka, IL)
States location University of Illinois
State website


The Science Olympiad started from the endeavors of Gerard Putz and Mr. Jack Cairns, who thought that Science Education could benefit from a multi school science competition - it has grown to be a nationwide competition with 49 states, but 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 competitiveness of their regionals and also they're placing at the previous years 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.

Year Division B Champion B Champ Nats Place Division B Runner-up B Runner-up Nats Place Division C Champion C Champ Nats Place Division C Runner-up C Runner-up Nats Place
1998 Prospect High School Niles West High School
1999 Park View Middle 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 Middle School 6th South Middle School 11th New Trier High School 10th Prospect High School 7th
2003 Park View Middle School 13th South Middle School 15th New Trier High School 9th Prospect High School 8th
2004 Park View Middle 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 Middle 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



12/19/09: Boyceville WI Invitational (C div only)

1/30/10: Lisle Jr. High School Invitational (B div only)

1/30/10: Niles West Invite (C div only)

1/30/10: Crystal Lake Central Invite (C div only)

2/6/10: NSCD Invitational (B div only)

2/20/10: Loyola Academy Invitational (C div only)

Regional Competitions

There are a total of ten regional competitions.

2/13/10: Western Illinois University(B&C) Director: Don Powers (4 B teams and 5 C teams go to State.)

2/27/10: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville(B&C) Directors: Tom Foster, Pam Abbott, and Dawn Olive (2 B teams and 4 C teams go to State.)

2/27/10: Champaign Central High School(B&C) Director: Faith Sharp, Natasha Harroff, Natasha Capell (3 B teams and 3 C teams go to State.)

2/27/10: New Trier(B&C) Directors: Jim Gravagna(B), Elizabeth Ramsmeyer(C), and Jan Leonhardt(Site Coordinator) (6 B teams and 5 C teams go to State.)

3/7/09: Rock Valley College(B&C) Directors: Evan McHugh, Fred Kunz, and Fred Trotter (4 B teams and 4 C teams go to State.)

3/14/09: College of DuPage(B&C) Director: Denise Kiesewetter (7 B teams and 7 C teams go to State.)

3/14/09: College of Lake County(B&C) Directors: Ann Min and Ron Keller (7 B teams and 6 C teams go to State.)

3/21/09: Benedictine University(B&C) Directors: Kathy Gabric, Sandy Bauer, and Krystal Kleinschmidt (4 B teams and 5 C teams go to State.)

4/4/09: Wilbur Wright College(C only)(By invitation from CPS Only) Director: John Loehr (2 B teams and 2 C teams go to State.)

State Competition

April 25, 2009: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

There will be 39 B teams and 39 C teams competing.

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.


Division B

Western Illinois University Region

Aledo Middle School
Farmington Middle School
Griggsville-Perry Middle School
Hamilton Middle School
Ingersoll Middle School
Lewistown Middle School
Macomb Middle School
PORTA Middle School
West Central Middle School

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Region

Dupo Middle School
Immaculate Conception School
Millstadt Consolidated School
Pontiac Junior High School
Roxana Middle School
Trinity Lutheran School

New Trier Region

Attea Middle School
Avery Coonley Middle School
British School of Chicago
Central Middle School
Chute Middle School
Hawthorne Middle School
Highland Middle School
King Lab Middle School
Latin Middle School
Marie Murphy Middle School
Old Orchard Middle School
Sacred Heart Middle School
Science and Arts Academy
Sears Middle School

College of Lake County Region

Aptakisic Junior High School
Beardsley Middle School
Bernotas Middle School
Carl Sandburg Middle School
Daniel Wright Junior High School
Frederick School
Grayslake Middle School
Hawthorn Middle School North
Highland Middle School
Lake Zurich Middle School South
Lundahl Middle School
North Prairie Junior High School
North Shore Country Day School
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
Park Campus Round Lake Middle School
Park View School
St Gilbert Middle School

Division C

Western Illinois University Region

Bluffs High School
Canton High School
Farmington High School
Hamilton High School
Illini Central High School
Lewistown High School
Macomb High School
Monmouth-Roseville High School
PORTA High School
Rochester High School
West Prairie High School

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Region

Belleville High School West
Collinsville High School
Edwardsville High School
Highland High School
Lebanon High School
Mascoutah High School
Mt. Pulaski High School
O’Fallon Township High School
Roxana High School
Sacred Heart Griffin High School

New Trier Region

Evanston High School
Glenbrook South High School
John Hersey High School
Loyola High School
Maine South High School
Maine West High School
Naperville North High School
New Trier Winnetka High School
Niles North High School
North Lawndale High School
Palatine High School
University of Chicago Lab High School

College of Lake County Region

Barrington High School
Buffalo Grove High School
Cary Grove High School
Crystal Lake Central
Crystal Lake South
Grayslake Central High School
Grayslake North High School
Lake Forest High School
Niles West High School
North Shore Country Day School
Rolling Meadows High School
Stevenson High School