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Beckendorff Junior High, Seven Lakes High School Represent District and State at National Science Competition

KATY, TX [June 10, 2024] – Katy ISD is pleased to share that Beckendorff Junior High placed third in the middle school division of the 2024 Science Olympiad, held May 24-25 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

The District was also represented by Seven Lakes High School, which finished 12th in the high school division.

Beckendorff is no stranger to the competition, placing within the top 10 nationally each year over the last dozen years, and in 2014, the team earned first place in the middle school division.

This year’s contest included 120 junior high and high school teams from across the country. Only four teams advanced to the national competition from Texas, and Katy ISD remained dominant this year, sending two of the state’s four teams.

“We are so proud of the teams at Beckendorff and Seven Lakes for their continued participation in the Science Olympiad," said Dr. Joan Otten, Director of Gifted and Talented & Advanced Academic Studies. "Out of more than 7,000 teams that begin competition each year across the nation, these students and coaches regularly advance to be among the very best.”

The Science Olympiad, one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) competition, is comprised of more than 20 individual events, testing students' knowledge of life sciences, computer science, anatomy and health, astronomy and other science fields. Visit to learn more.

Beckendorff Junior High’s team results include:

  • 5th Place in Agricultural Science
  • 2nd Place in Anatomy and Physiology
  • 4th Place in Crime Busters
  • 1st Place in Disease Detectives
  • 1st Place in Dynamic Planet
  • 7th Place in Ecology
  • 3rd Place in Experimental Design
  • 3rd Place in Fast Facts
  • 10th Place in Flight
  • 2nd Place in Forestry
  • 1st Place in Fossils
  • 2nd Place in Meteorology
  • 5th Place in Microbe Mission
  • 1st Place in Road Scholar
  • 8th Place in Roller Coaster
  • 7th Place in Solar Power
  • 10th Place in Wheeled Vehicle
  • 8th Place in Wind Power
  • 3rd Place in Write It Do It

Seven Lakes High School’s team results include:

  • 2nd Place in Agricultural Science
  • 6th Place in Air Trajectory
  • 4th Place in Anatomy and Physiology
  • 9th Place in Astronomy
  • 6th Place in Codebusters
  • 2nd Place in Detector Building
  • 4th Place in Ecology
  • 7th Place in Fermi Questions
  • 10th Place in Forestry
  • 2nd Place in Microbe Mission
  • 4th Place in Solar Power
  • 8th Place in Wind Power

2024 Science Olympiad National Competition Photo Gallery