Ashe County Middle School (ACMS) finished in first place at the NC Science Olympiad Hickory Regional, on Saturday, March 22, on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College.
“This is the first time we have come in first place overall in seven years,” Gordon Prince, head coach of the ACMS team, said.
The team now heads to the state tournament to be held at Reynolds Coliseum at N.C. State University, in Raleigh, Apr. 25-26.
“This is our 10th year in a row of making it to the state tournament,” Prince said. “Our team has worked very hard and overcome many obstacles due to all of the snow and missed school this year. They have stayed after school and come in on numerous Saturdays to make-up for lost time.”
In addition to Ashe County, the Hickory Regional featured teams representing schools in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln and Watauga counties.
ACMS won two Gold Medals, two Silver Medals and seven Bronze Medals.
Gold Medals were won in the Bottle Rocket and Disease Detectives categories. Silver Medals were won in the Experimental Design and Wheeled Vehicle categories. Bronze Medals were won in the Crime Busters, Dynamic Planet, Heredity, Metric Mastery, Road Scholar, Shock Value and Solar System categories.
Ashe County High School (ACHS) finished in fourth place at the Science Olympiad.
“We won fourth place out of 19 varsity teams,” head coach of ACHS’s team Sarah Tugman said.
The team won one Gold Medal, four Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal.
The Gold Medal was won in the Mystery Architecture category. Silver medals were won in the Chemistry Lab, Dynamic Planet, Elastic Launched Glider and ForeNSics categories. The Bronze Medal was won in the Designer Genes category.
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