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February 16, 2012

Students take part in Math and Science Day


Math and Science DayFor the second straight year, close to 100 students took part in the Math and Science Day events at Cowley College. A total of 105 students and sponsors from nine area high schools took part in Wednesday’s event 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.

“I was very pleased with the number of schools that attended and the academic abilities of the competing students,” said Michelle Schoon, Natural Science Department Chair.  

Along with the academic tests, students had an opportunity to compete in a Ping Pong Ball Launch, Eiffel Tower Construction, CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) competition, and WIBI (Write It Build It) technical writing activity.

Students were then treated to a campus tour. The day concluded with lunch and an awards ceremony in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. Greg Nichols, Associate Dean of Instruction, was on hand to read the academic challenge questions to the finalists in each academic area and to help present the awards.

While Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee welcomed the students and played a quiz/trivia game, awarding five Cowley gift cards to students with the correct answers.

Torry Hamill and Jessie Murphy of Chaparral High School were the winners of the Ping Pong Ball Launch and were awarded a cash prize of $20 each.

Clayton Bringer and Dayton Albright of Chaparral High School took first place in the Eiffel Tower Construction competition and was each awarded $20.

Ashton Barlow and Andressa Potiguara of South Haven High School placed first in the CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) competition and were awarded $20 each.

Mary Lebeda, Tyann York and Kambree York of Caldwell High School placed first in WIBI (Write It Build It) and were awarded $10 each.

First place finishers in the five academic areas that were tested were, Bonnie Tang of Caldwell (Algebra), Mason Warren of Ark City Christian Academy (Biology), Bryce Duhon of Chaparral (Physics/Physical Challenge), Clarisa Akerd of Chaparral (Chemistry), and Danielle Wilson of Chaparral (Trigonometry/Geometry).

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

Also, during the event, six high school seniors were offered a Math and Science Day Champion Scholarship. The students were, Mason Warren, Clayton Bringer, Dayton Albright, Tory Hamill, Jessie Murphy and Mary Lebeda.

High schools represented were, Arkansas City High School, Arkansas City Christian Academy, Caldwell, Chaparral, Elk Valley, Newkirk (OK), Oxford, South Haven and Winfield.

With coordinated efforts from the Natural Science Department and the college’s Admissions office, the event was a huge success. Marcia Cales, Natural Science Department secretary, was instrumental in collecting registration and organizing the student groups for academic testing and apparatus competitions. Martin Shaffer and Steve Cooper, Math and Science Club sponsors, helped organize the event and recruited club members to help with the activities. Other department members helping with the event included April Nittler, Scott Layton, Pam Smith, Melinda Neal, Humphrey Wamocha, David Hays and Karolee Weller.

Director of admissions Lory West, and admissions representative Crystal McCorgary, as well as student ambassadors and Math and Science Club members also helped make the event a success. As did custodian Tony Harris.

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