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February 7, 2013

Students take part in Math and Science Day


Math and Science DayFor the third straight year, close to 100 students took part in the Math and Science Day events at Cowley College. A total of 115 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.

The students started in the Brown Center for an overview of the day and then moved to the classrooms to take the preliminary exams for the scholastic competition. Student took exams in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics/physical science, algebra and geometry/trigonometry. 

The apparatus events were then held in the Brown Center as well as the classrooms. The events included Eifel tower building, mouse trap car competitions, Crime Scene Investigations and Write-it Build-it.

“I was impressed with the quality of students and their knowledge in the academic areas and the apparatus events,” said Michelle Schoon, Natural Science Department Chair.  

After campus tours and lunch, the final scholastic competitions were held with the top scorers of the scholastic exams going head-to-head in a quiz bowl format. Awards were then given with the top winners of the scholastic competition receiving graphing calculators and the apparatus winners receiving a cash award. Additionally, scholarships were awarded to the top winners in each event, if they were a senior.

High schools in attendance were: Winfield, Ark City Christian Academy, Ark City, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Chaparral, Newkirk (OK), Oxford, and South Haven.

“It was a great day,” Schoon said. “It takes many people to put together an event like this. Joint effort between admissions and the Natural Science department.”

All Natural Science department members were involved with the event, which was coordinated by

Math and Science Club sponsors Martin Shaffer and Steve Cooper. Math and Science Club

members and Student Ambassadors also helped with the activities as did Cowley staff members

Ben Schears, Greg Nichols, Krystle Nies and Lory West.

Sharon Kisner and Shane Andrews of Arkansas City High School took first place in the Eiffel Tower Construction competition and was each awarded $20.

Richie Goble and Elijah Rebold of South Haven High School placed first in the CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) competition and were awarded $20 each.

Tyann Issacs, Tyann York and Kambree York of Caldwell High School placed first in WIBI (Write It Build It) and split $40.

Cristine Cain and Kady Bonifield of Newkirk (OK) High School took first place in the Creative Design Mousetrap Cars competition and were awarded $20 each.

Mirijan Hovsepian and Triston Rich of Arkansas City High School placed first in Distance in the Mousetrap Cars competition and received a certificate of achievement.

First place finishers in the five academic areas that were tested were, Bryce Byers of South Haven (Algebra), Mark Sutton of Oxford (Biology), Secret Permenter of Chaparral (Physical Science), Mark Sutton of Oxford (Chemistry), and Bryce Byers of South Haven (Trigonometry/Geometry).

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

Also, during the event, a select group of high school seniors were offered a Math and Science Day Champion Scholarship.

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