LSMSA student named USA Biology Olympiad semifinalist

Bella Danos (’23) of Independence, a senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), has qualified as a USA Biology Olympiad semifinalist.

In February, Danos was among eight LSMSA biology students nominated by LSMSA’s Biology faculty to take the USA Biology Olympiad Exam consisting of 50 multiple choice questions covering topics including genetics, animal anatomy, and plant physiology. Because Danos’ scores were among the top ten percent of the more than 9,000 students who took the exam, she was named a semifinalist. Results from Danos’ semifinal exam will be released in April, and the top 20 students will be invited to take a two-day exam at Marymount University. The top four finalists from that round will be invited to attend the International Biology Olympiad in United Arab Emirates.             

“It’s an incredible honor for students to be selected to take this exam, not to mention to advance as far as Bella has,” said LSMSA Senior Lecturer of Biology Dr. Allison Landry. “We are proud of her efforts and look forward to seeing what she’ll achieve in this contest and beyond.”

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