A test with the title of Biology Olympiad would intimidate many. However, Carbon High School student Luke Hansen asked his biology teacher, Alayne Carrillo, if he could take it on.
According to the test’s website, as the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of around 10,000 gifted students annually. It provides the curricular resources, skills training and motivation to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness.
Carrillo assured Hansen that she would be happy to make that happen. Hansen competed nationally against 5,000 other students during the Olympiad test and scored within the top 500 in the nation.
This accomplishment means that Hansen is now able to compete at the next level. His next test will take place on March 30 and if Hansen is able to score in the top 20, he will then be able to attend a summer camp where he will tackle yet another test.
The top four that score in the final test are then given the honor of representing the United States at the National level of the competition. This portion of the competition is world-wide and involves student teams from over 60 countries.