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Parkwood Middle School science students rank first in nation

Parkwood Middle science students take a moment to pose for a photo after winning a national competition. Pictured from left are, (first row) Eann Lawing, Stephen Harold, Jimmy Lewis, Andrew Brantley, Timothy Leckrone and Noah Kujawski; (second row), Jacob Thomas, Neil Svedberg, Alexis Starnes, Jack Rorie, Caleb Loftis, Philip Abernathy and Robert Fisher.

The science students at Parkwood Middle School have distinguished themselves in a national science competition by ranking first in the nation.

The National Science League Exam, given the first week of May, placed Parkwood Middle students first among 107 schools. Jack Rorie, a seventh grader, was first in the nation for scoring a 49 out of 50.

This is the third consecutive year that the seventh- and eight-grade science students have ranked in the top 20. In 2010 they ranked 17th nationally, and in 2011 they improved to a third-place finish. Then in May, they took the first slot.

The total score of 457, the best ever achieved by the Parkwood students, gave them the number one ranking.

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

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

Written by: Lisa Chapman, Parkwood Middle School Media Coordinator

Posted: May 30, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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