North­side stu­dents take fourth place in Sci­ence Olympiad com­pe­ti­tion

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - Staff re­ports

Lo­cal stu­dents con­tinue to show off their aca­demic prow­ess in area com­pe­ti­tion from Polk School Dis­trict, tak­ing a top-five fin­ish as a team.

On Satur­day, March 9, the North­side Sci­ence Olympiad Team com­prised of stu­dents in third through fifth grade, com­peted in the North­west Ge­or­gia Re­gional Sci­ence Olympiad Com­pe­ti­tion at Pauld­ing County High School in Dal­las, against four­teen other schools from Pauld­ing, Floyd and Bar­tow coun­ties.

The North­side Olympiad team fin­ished fourth over­all in the re­gional matchup. The team was only 12 points away from qual­i­fy­ing for their first state com­pe­ti­tion.

North­side took a ninth place fin­ish last year, and this year’s fin­ish marked a ma­jor im­prove­ment and ac­com­plish­ment for the team, ac­cord­ing to coach and North­side ed­u­ca­tor Joshua Bear­den.

Sev­eral stu­dents on the team earned in­di­vid­ual medals and rib­bons for their events. North­side brought home sec­ond place medals in six events and fourth place medals in two events.

Stu­dents worked in teams of two to com­pete in eigh­teen dif­fer­ent math and sci­ence com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the day.

This is the only the fifth year of the North­side Sci­ence Olympiad Pro­gram and we look for­ward to see­ing what goals the team will ac­com­plish in the fu­ture.

“North­side Ele­men­tary is very proud of our Olympiad stu­dents and their suc­cess this sea­son,” Bear­den said in a re­lease.

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North­side’s Sci­ence Olympiad team scored a fourth place fin­ish in com­pe­ti­tion on March 9.

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