February 4, 2009
High school students take part in Cowley's Math and Science Day
Close to 70 high school students took part in Cowley College’s
annual Math and Science Day held Wednesday in Arkansas City.
The students competed for scholarships and cash prizes. The format of the competition consisted of the construction of scientific apparatus testing the skills of the creators (in teams of two) and a scholastic competition for those knowledgeable in the scientific fields.
Five academic areas were tested. Areas tested were, the fields of Algebra, Geometry/Trigonometry, Physics/Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry. The top five or six students in each category then participated in a Quiz Bowl.
Along with the academic tests, students had an opportunity to compete in a Ping Pong Ball Launch, Eiffel Tower Construction, and CSI (Cowley Science Investigation) competition.
Students were then treated to a campus tour. The day concluded with lunch and an awards ceremony in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. All participants received a Cowley t-shirt and backpack.
Cornelius Trunkle and Austin Hughes from Chaparral High School were the winners of the Ping Pong Ball Launch and were awarded a cash prize of $20 each.
Another pair of Chaparral High School students, Seth Duran and Garret Struble won the Eiffel Tower Construction competition and was each awarded $20.
South Haven High School students, Tricia Cook and Zane May, placed first in the CSI (Cowley Science Investigation) competition and were awarded $20 each.
Cook, May, and Struble were also recipients of a Math and Science Day Champion Scholarship.
April Nittler, Cowley College Math and Science Club Advisor, was pleased with how well the event went.
“The day went really smooth, we heard a lot of positive comments from the sponsors,” Nittler said. “I thought the event was very positive for the college.”