On March 12, 2011, CCS middle and high school students competed in the North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) regional tournament held at Catawba Valley Community College and brought home 83 medals.
Mill Creek Middle School, Arndt Middle School, Jacobs Fork Middle School, Clyde Campbell Elementary School, Bandy’s High School, Fred T. Foard High School, and Bunker Hill High School competed against teams from 15 other counties in the Hickory region.
NCSO tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, inquiry-based events that represent various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology.
In the middle school division, Arndt won first place and Mill Creek won third place varsity level team honors. In the high school division, Fred T. Foard captured first place varsity level team honors. These varsity level teams now qualify to compete at the state tournament at North Carolina State University on April 29-30, 2011. The Foard team is coached by Shawn Josey and Arndt’s coaches are Melissa Painchaud and Tyler Elliot.
Overall, Catawba County Schools’ teams captured 51 medals in the middle school division and 32 medals in the high school division. Mill Creek Middle School and Bandy’s High School both won first place junior varsity team honors.
North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Funding for NCSO has been cut from the state budget, and therefore individual donations of time, money, and supplies are critical to sustain the program. More information about ways to help support the NCSO can be found at https://www.sciencenc.com.