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Science Students at Parkwood are Ranked 3rd in the Nation

1st Row L to R: Annabeth Sanders, Jordain Muller, Joseph Freeman, Hunter Bradley, Josue Guevara 2nd Row L to R: Eann Lawing, Neil Svedberg, Robert Fisher, Earl Christian, Collin Tidwell, Weston Carpenter 3rd Row: L to R: Mr. Wilson-7th grade science, Mr. Marmara-8th grade science

            Parkwood Middle School’s science students distinguished themselves in the 2011 National Science League Contest. The 7th and 8th grade team scored 433/500, placing them 3rd in the nation out of 123 schools. The states with the largest representation were Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.

            Medalist for Parkwood was 7th grader, Neil Svedberg, scoring 48/50. Neil was tied for second highest in the nation. The top ten scores in the two grades were submitted to get our ranking. Five students were 8th graders and five were 7th graders.

            The students improved on their ranking of 17th last year. Several 7th and 8th grade teachers formed “NSL Review Clubs” which made our team more competitive. Last year a score of 37/50 made our top 10. This year 41/50 was the minimum score. Several dozen students scored between 37 and 40 this year.
            The National Science League has been offering these tests since 1981. The purpose of the contest is to supplement the school science program by interesting students in science through competition in a national contest. Congratulations to Parkwood’s students and science staff in proving we can compete on a national level and show improvement.

Written by: Lisa Chapman
Posted: May 19, 2011 by Lisa Chapman

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