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PCC hosts more than 600 high school students for Academic Olympics

23 February 2016

On Feb 22, about 600 students attended Pratt Community College’s annual Academic Olympics. The students came from 25 high schools around the state and competed in various scholastic, technical and artistic categories.

Students took written tests in subjects ranging from animal science to history to nutrition, and contestants in the automotive and agriculture power technology categories were asked to identify machine parts. Acting solos and duets were performed live and photos, news writing and creative writing were also critiqued. The top three students in each category were awarded with certificates recognizing their achievement.

The overall winners of the 2016 Academic Olympics were, in Division I, Conway Springs High School in first place, Trinity Catholic High School in second place, and a tie for third was Pratt and Buhler High School. Division II winners were Skyline High School with first place, Medicine Lodge High School in second place, and Burrton High School received third place.

“We had a really great turnout of students from across the state” said event coordinator Heather Wilson. “The excitement on campus from the high school students taking the tests makes the time and effort put into organizing this event well worth it. We are already looking forward and planning for next year.”

Guests to campus during the morning also visited the annual car show presented by the automotive department. Nearly twenty cars of all makes and models were on display on loan from PCC employees, students and community members with ties to the department.

Visitors voted on the People's Choice, which was awarded to PCC student Logan Chadd for his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Runner up was the blue and white 1967 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Adam Deda of Doug Reh Body Shop, and third place was the 1948 Ford Truck owned by PCC Student Austin Clifton.

For more information about Academic Olympics, contact Wilson at heatherw@prattcc.edu or 620-450-2146. For more information about the car show or the automotive program, contact Greg Bacon at gregb@prattcc.edu or 620-450-2189.