Nearly 200 students from 13 schools in central Alabama competed in 23 categories to take home medals and bragging rights in the Science Olympiad Saturday at UAB. The two top teams will go up against regional winners later in the year during the state competition. Charlotte Mae Kent and Meredith Hubbard, both of Birmingham, and Evan Colmenares of Huntsville served as olympiad directors. They secured funding and grants from Alabama Power, Vulcan Materials and the Alabama Section of the American Chemical Society. They found student volunteers to help with registration, information and judging. They also set up a scholarship to help schools without an olympiad team start one. "All of our volunteers are passionate about science," Kent said. "This is a great recruitment tool for UAB."