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February 18, 2011

More than 100 students take part in Cowley�s Math and Science Day


competitionsBeing one of the most well attended Math and Science Day events ever at Cowley College, 107 students from seven area high schools took part in the event Thursday on the school’s main campus 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.

Along with the academic tests, students had an opportunity to compete in a Ping Pong Ball Launch, Eiffel Tower Construction, and Chemistry 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. winnersGreg Nichols presented the awards.

James Moreland and Levi Schuster from South Haven High School were the winners of the Ping Pong Ball Launch and were awarded a cash prize of $20 each.

Another pair of South Haven students, Haley Parks and Luana White, and Karlea Tanner and Whitney Turek, tied for first place in the Eiffel Tower Construction competition and was each awarded $20.

Oxford High School students, Travis Marler and Emily Potucek placed first in the chemistry competition and were awarded $20 each.

First place finishers in the five academic areas that were tested were, Taborie Halling of Oxford (Algebra), Riley Emley of Oxford (Physics/Physical Science), Travis Marler of Oxford (Biology), Dalton Whaley of Caldwell (Geometry/Trigonometry), and Ryan Deyoe of South Haven (Chemistry).

The first place finishers were awarded a Texas Instruments graphing calculator.


“The competitions were really close,” Scott Layton, Math and Science Club co-sponsor said. “There were some very talented kids. It was good to expose them to academic competition and give them an idea of where they are at academically in these areas of discipline.”

Also, during the event, five high school seniors were recipients of a Math and Science Day Champion Scholarship.

High schools represented were, Arkansas City Christian Academy, Arkansas City High School, Caldwell, Chaparral, Oxford, Sedan, and South Haven.

Along with Layton, fellow Math and Science Club co-sponsor April Nittler also helped with the event, as did Natural Science Department instructors Pam Smith, Melinda Neal, Greg Nichols, and Natural Science Department Chair, Michelle Schoon.

Admissions representatives, student ambassadors, and Math and Science Club members also helped make the event a success.