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Parkwood Middle School ranks #1 in the Nation on the National Science League Exam

First Row (left to right): Eann Lawing, Stephen Harold, Jimmy Lewis, Andrew Brantley, Timothy Leckrone, Noah Kujawski Second Row (left to right): Jacob Thomas, Neil Svedberg, Alexis Starnes, Jack Rorie, Caleb Loftis, Philip Abernathy, Robert Fisher

In what is becoming an annual spring event, the science students at Parkwood Middle School distinguished themselves in a national science competition. This is the third consecutive year that the 7th and 8th grade science students achieved a top twenty ranking. In 2010 they ranked 17th nationally and in 2011 they improved to a third place finish. The National Science League Exam was given during the first week of May and our students ranked 1st nationally (out of 107 schools) for 2012.

Top scoring students in this year’s completion were 7th graders Jack Rorie, Stephen Harold, Jimmy Lewis, Philip Abernathy, Andrew Brantley, Courtney Huneycutt, Noah Kujawski, Caleb Loftis, Timothy Lekrone, Jacob Thomas, Alexis Starnes and Jacob Thomas. Top 8th graders were Neil Svedberg, Eann Lawing, and Robert Fisher.

Our total score of 457 was the best ever achieved by our Parkwood science students. Nationally ranked was Jack Rorie for scoring a 49/50, which was #1 in the nation. Tying for 2nd place in the nation with 48/50 was Neil Svedberg and Stephen Harold.

Science teachers Jo Ellen Hertel, Jordan Marmara, and Steven Wilson conducted extra help sessions during Intervention/Enrichment Period or after school to prepare our students for this year’s competition.

The National Science League Exam has been given for over 30 years and is meant to give students a chance to demonstrate their science knowledge against top national competition and foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a possible career choice.

Written by: Steve Wilson, Parkwood Middle Science Teacher
Posted: May 16, 2012 by Lisa Chapman

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