West Plains takes top honors in 34th annual Interscholastic Contest

West Plains takes top honors in 34th annual Interscholastic Contest

  WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The team from West Plains High School took top honors in the 34th  annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 12, on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.

            An estimated 300 students from 14 area high schools in Missouri and Arkansas participated in the academic event. The competition tested the students’ knowledge in a variety of subject areas ranging from agriculture, science and math to speech, history and English.

            Competition was held in three divisions based on school size, with first, second and third place winners announced in each division. First, second and third place winners overall also were named.

            The West Plains team placed first in the overall competition, which gives them ownership of the coveted grand trophy that is awarded to the overall first place winner every year. Second place overall went to Houston High School, and third place went to Thayer High School.

            Alex Pinnon, director of the William and Virginia Darr Honors Program at the university and coordinator of the contest, said the overall competition winner is determined by a point system based on student scores irrespective of division.

            In Division I, West Plains again took top honors, followed by Willow Springs High School in second and Mountain Home High School in third.

            Top honors in Division II went to Thayer High School. Houston High School placed second, and Alton High School third.

            In Division III, the team from Norwood placed first, followed by Summersville High School in second and Winona High School in third.

            In all, three teams competed in Division I, four in Division II and seven in Division III.

            “The Interscholastic Contest is always a highlight of the academic year for us, as we get to host some of the best students around on our campus, and these great students get to challenge their scholastic endeavors,” Pinnon said.

            For more information about the Interscholastic Contest and how to participate in next year’s event, contact Pinnon at 417-255-7965 or at apinnon@missouristate.edu

1st Place Overall/Division I-West Plains High School

            THE TEAM FROM WEST PLAINS High School took top honors overall and in Division I of the 34th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 12. Team members included, front row from left, Alyssa Sims, Mikaylee Roylance, Layna Roylance and Autumn Hardman; second row: Mathew Watkins (behind Alyssa Sims), Grace Kimmons, Clair Kimball and Ethan Malam; third row: Kebron Gerezgehir, Langdon Harris and Michael Davis; fourth row: Kaitlyn Tilson, Christian Martin, Riley Bettigrew, Andrew Brain, Samson Hershenson, Sara Gill and Carolina Fleming; back row: Olivia Wirtz, Dakota Patton, Brock Larsen, Jeff Marlowe, Morgan Mahan and Caitlin Jedlicka. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

1st Place Division II-Thayer High School

            THE TEAM FROM Thayer High School took top honors in Division II and third place overall in the 34th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 12. With their trophy are front row from left: Emma Rouse and Yana Honcharuk; second row: Kaycee Bowers, Hallie Johnson and Avery Pierce; third row: LaCrysta Adams, Jurnee Rolen, Brittany Hirsch and Taylar Bowers; fourth row: Landry Pitts, Logan Lowther, Levi Poulette and Shafer Mullins; fifth row: Grant Shrable, Garrett Blum, Evan Simer, Blake Bennett, Lane Worley and Matthew Denton; back row: Seth Petty and Jace Matteson. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

1st Place Division III-Norwood High School

            THE TEAM FROM Norwood High School took top honors in Division III of the 34th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 12. With their trophy are, front row from left: Justin Chadwell and Savannah Sadler; second row: Megan Campbell; third row: Payton Drake, Emily Sinning, Kaiti Edwards and Christopher Edwards; fourth row: Roman Dowling, Marla Chadwell and Keayra Kawson; back row: Sponsor Jason Patel, Bull Lanager, Jacob Kulbe, Cheyenna Looney, Jasmine Cannucci and Jacob Goodman. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)