Winners Announced in Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

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Asheville High School students preparing a bottle rocket for launch
Young scientists from 13 middle schools and 10 high schools in Western North Carolina tested their skills at the annual Regional Science Olympiad Tournament at UNC Asheville on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The winners in the high school division were:
First Place – Asheville High School
Second Place – McDowell High School
Third Place – Polk County High School 

The winners in the middle school division were:
First Place – Polk County Middle School
Second Place – Fairview School
Third Place – Evergreen Community Charter School
Fourth Place – Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

The top two high school teams and top 3 middle school teams will advance to the state tournament later this year.

Schools competing were A.C. Reynolds Middle and High Schools, Bowman Middle School, Asheville High School, Carolina Day School, Charles D. Owen Middle and High Schools, Clyde A. Erwin Middle School, East McDowell Junior High School, Evergreen Community Charter School, Fairview School, Flat Rock Middle School, Henderson County Early College High School, McDowell High School, The Mountain Community School, North Buncombe High School, Polk County Middle and High Schools, Polk County Early College High School, Smoky Mountain High School, Rugby Middle School, T.C. Roberson High School, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, and West McDowell Junior High.

Volunteers from UNC Asheville, Sud Associates Consulting Engineers, the National Climatic Data Center, Western Piedmont Community College, Catawba Valley Community College, NEMAC (National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center), McDowell Technical Community College, NC Community Colleges BioNetwork all staff the Olympiad and made the competition possible.

For more information, contact Judy Beck, UNC Asheville physics lecturer (828.251.6049 or