Winnetka, Ill. - Based on New Trier's performance at the 2016 State Science Olympiad Finals in Bridge Building, the high school recently received the prestigious Nambu Award presented in honor of Nobel Prize winner Yoichiro Nambu.
The Japan America Society presented a medal to each varsity Science Olympiad team member (2016 team), a plaque and a $2,000 check. Presenting the medals and award were Mitsukuni "Mishie" Baba, Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Chicago, and Akira Koyasu, Executive Vice President of the Japan America Society of Chicago and Co-Chair of Nambu Award Committee.
The Science Olympiad team plans to use the award to purchase wood and other materials for the Bridge Building event in the future, said one of the team's coaches, Alex Howe.
"We are so thankful to have received the Nambu Award," Howe said. "It is a huge honor and affirms that all the countless hours of studying, tinkering and practicing that we do to achieve excellence in Science Olympiad is valued. Illinois Science Olympiad is very lucky to have the generous support of the Japan America Society."
New Trier's Science Olympiad Team has a long record of success. At the 2016 State Science Olympiad Competition, New Trier won second place overall - of 51 competing teams - and medaled in 19 out of 28 events.
This year, the team received the state champion title and a bid to Nationals on May 20 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. New Trier placed ninth at Nationals, its best placement in five years.
New Trier Township High School District 203 serves Chicago's North Shore suburban communities of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Wilmette and Winnetka, most of Northfield and parts of Glenview and Northbrook.