Three LAHS Students Qualify For 2023 USA Biolympiad Semi-Finals

LAHS students, from left, Willow Chartrand, Linnhtet Htoon and Mary  Couture met or exceeded the score to become semifinalists in the 2023 USA Biolympiad. Photo Courtesy LAPS

Three Los Alamos High School students qualified for the  semifinals for the 2023 USA Biolympiad (USABO). Senior Mary Couture, junior Willow Chartrand, and sophomore Linnhtet Htoon qualified for the semifinals. It has been eight  years since any LAHS students have qualified for the semifinals in the USABO. 

The open exam cutoff scores are 24 to 50 for semifinalists; 21 to 23 for Honorable Mention certificates; and 19 to 20 for Certificates of Merit. Honorable Mention recipients are the top 20%, and Certificate of Merit scores are the top 30% of students. 

LAHS Science Teacher Ali Renner sponsors the Olympiad Club, which makes it possible for LAHS students to participate in various academic competitions. 

Over 9,700 students registered for this year’s Biolympiad, representing 42 states, as well as 16 international schools. There were 3,305 students participating in the open exam, with an  average score of 21. The highest score earned was a 42. 

The USA Biolympiad (USABO) is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE). As  the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA  Biolympiad (USABO) enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 talented students  annually. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them  beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness. After two  rounds of challenging exams, twenty Finalists are invited to a residential training program  where they learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at the USABO National  Finals. Ultimately, four students earn the right to represent the United States as the USA  Biolympiad Team at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition  involving student teams from over seventy countries. For more information about the program,  go to