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2017-18 WSO Registration Opens

Registration for the 2017-18 season begins August 1. Complete the registration form and return with either a purchase order (actual PO - not just a PO#) or check ... at this time we are not set up to accept credit cards. Once the registration is complete (receipt of form and either PO or payment), rules* will be sent along with confirmation of tournament site.

For new schools, please check with State Director regarding possibility for a registration waiver - see more info below.

* See "What's New" below for information regarding changes coming from national Science Olympiad, as well as for WSO, specifically.

Note that University of Washington will host both B & C Divisions. 

WSO Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting took place on July 15 at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima. Meeting highlights:
  • Draft of 2018 WSO Unified Schedule reviewed (see "What's New" below for significant changes).
  • 2017 Board of Directors election results finalized. Congratulations to elected board members serving 2017-2020: Jay Loutherback (E), Judy Mannard (NW), and David Rosi (SW). Congratulations to Student Advisors serving 2017-2018: Abigail Jiang (SW) and Sharlene Shirali (NW).
  • Change of registration deadline (January 15) and "early" registration deadline (December 15) - see "What's New" below for more info.

See BoD Meeting Minutes for info from past meetings.

Contributions to WSO

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Since 2010, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) has awarded $7,800 in grant funds to Washington Science Olympiad to fund new teams. New schools interested in applying for one of the 2017-18 SPEEA registration waivers should contact Sue Murphy. Thank you, SPEEA.

Adalis Corporation awarded a $5,000 grant to Washington Science Olympiad to support efforts for involving more schools and students in Science Olympiad. Headquartered in Vancouver, Adalis is a technical and industry leader in packaging, supply chain, and plywood composing fields. Thank you, Adalis.

Washington Science Olympiad is part of the Washington Combined Fund Drive. This campaign is directed toward most State of Washington/public service employees. Contributions received through this campaign will go toward recruiting and scholarships. Be on the lookout for campaign information and consider including WSO in your contribution.

State and higher education employees may contribute via the Washington Combined Fund Drive - charity #1479519.

For more information or to contribute directly, contact the State Director

What's New

  • Electronic Rules Manuals - Starting 2017-18, national Science Olympiad will provide pdf rules manuals. Coaches still register with WSO and will receive a link to the national site that provides unlimited downloads. The link should be active by September 8. Print manuals may be purchased from the national SO store.
  • To help students navigate across campuses at WSO tournaments more easily, the board approved a new time schedule that provides 15 minutes between scheduled events. See draft schedule on web site (available by August 15). This change extends tournament ending time to 3:15 p.m.
  • To accommodate WSO tournaments in early February, the registration deadline has been changed to January 15. After December 15, schools that wish to register 3rd/4th (or more) teams may do so on a space-available basis for the discounted $150 fee.
  • Schools may only register up to 6 teams by December 15 (at full fee of $250). This is to ensure that all schools have equal access to the tournament site in their region.
  • Schools with multiple teams must be easily distinguishable (e.g., different colored shirts, wristbands, ribbons, or name tags clearly identifying the team name and number. This is to ensure Event Supervisors and other tournament personnel can determine that students should be working together as a team.

WSO Board of Directors Election

Nominations for 2018-21 WSO Board of Director positions are being accepted through April 2018. See Board of Director's page for application information.

Memorial Fund. Over the last few years, Washington Science Olympiad has lost two extraordinary champions for Science Olympiad - Gordon Patterson and Glenn Voshell.

To honor their memories, Washington Science Olympiad is accepting contributions to be used for scholarships and to assist in recruiting efforts for new teams. For more information, please contact State Director.

For information about participating in Washington Science Olympiad, click here.


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