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PWMS Social Studies League Places Among the Top Schools in the Nation
8th grade Social Studies students from Parkwood Middle School have placed among the top schools in the nation for the third year in a row. The students recently competed in the National Social Studies League competition. Taking the exam along with schools from 15 other states, the students competed against their peers on a wide range of American History topics. The National Social Studies League exams are administered once a year to students from grades 2 through 12. The test measures students’ knowledge of American history from the colonial to the modern era. The contests serve as a valuable supplement to school programs and aid schools in helping their students improve their reading comprehension and problem solving skills. For the last 31 years, this national competition has generated student participation and excitement.
Competing for the past three years, the PWMS Social Studies team had taken the first place spot last year and finished second in the nation this year. The team had a combined score of 467 points out of a possible 500. Fifteen students participated in the exam and the top ten scores were submitted. Two students, Sarah Harkins and Jacob Bose, narrowly missed perfect scores by scoring 49 out of 50 points on their respective tests. The other top eight students had scores ranging from 44 to 48 points.
Sponsor of the Social Studies team, Mr. Daniel Stanford commented that he is, “extremely proud of the work and performance of these 8th grade students.” Stephen Brown, an 8th grade participant in the test, said “the test was very challenging but I had a lot of fun taking it.” The students will be recognized at an awards ceremony held at Parkwood Middle on June 2.
Written by: Daniel Stanford, 8th grade Social Studies teacher
Posted: May 26, 2015 by Lisa Chapman