They may not have taken first, but half of the elementary schools that placed in the top 10 at last weekend's Science Olympiad were from Lodi Unified School District.
Brookside School in the Lincoln Unified School District had the top scoring team in the county.
The event included 52 teams of thirdthrough sixth-graders and was sponsored by the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
It was held Saturday at Ronald McNair High School. Thirty schools participated in 24 different science events throughout the one-day competition.
Top scoring students and teams received medals, plaques, grants and participation zipper pulls.
Among this year's events was "Crime Busters," where participants had to identify unknown powders, match fingerprints and use paper chromatography to identify a note found at a "crime scene."
Another event challenged students to build and fly a wood and paper airplane with one rubber band as the sole source of energy.
Among the top 10 winners were two teams each from Elkhorn and Vinewood schools, and one from Ellerth E. Larson Elementary School.
Last year, four Lodi Unified schools placed at Science Olympiad. Elkhorn's blue team took first place while Vinewood's two teams took third and sixth place; Larson Elementary was ninth and John Muir Elementary School placed 10th.
Elkhorn principal Scott McGregor was proud of the school's teams this year. "Given the age of the kids, we were really excited. It's a testament to their efforts," he said.
Parents Stan Oshita and Sandy Witbeck are the head coaches.
In addition to the top 10 recognition, eight $100 awards were given to randomly-selected schools for the purchase of science equipment.
McGregor, who attended Saturday's competition, thinks the event is "amazing." He praised this year's Office of Education organizers.
"It's a wonderful opportunity. There is so much attention paid to sports, that it's great to see those recognized with their minds," he said.
Top 10 overall teams1. Brookside School - Blue, Lincoln Unified School District
2. Elkhorn Elementary School - Gold, Lodi Unified School District
3. Vinewood Elementary School - Red, Lodi Unified
4. Vinewood Elementary School - White, Lodi Unified
5. Brookside School - White, Lincoln Unified
6. Elkhorn Elementary School - Blue, Lodi Unified
7. Annunciation Elementary School - Gold
8. Annunciation Elementary School - Blue
9. Ellerth E. Larson Elementary School - Violet, Lodi Unified
10. George McParland Elementary School - Black, Manteca Unified School District
Source: San Joaquin County Office of Education