Knox Central Takes First Place in Science Olympiad



bellcosoLincoln Memorial University (LMU) School of Mathematics and Sciences hosted six teams for a Science Olympiad Invitational Feb. 15. 


Participants included Knox Central of Barbourville, Kentucky (first place), Bell County High School of Pineville, Kentucky (second place), Corbin High School of Corbin, Kentucky (third place), and Concord Christian School of Farragut, Tennessee (fourth place).  Knox Central Team B and Bell County Team B placed fifth and sixth.


Individual students from the teams earned first, second and third-place medals in the 23 events including hands-on lab events in physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology and engineering. LMU faculty, staff, students and the LMU Chemistry Club led the events. 


“Science Olympiad is one of the nation’s most prestigious STEM competitions, and these students have been preparing for months,” said Dr. Ashleigh Thomas, assistant professor of chemistry. “The LMU School of Mathematics and Sciences was pleased to offer this invitational as an opportunity for the schools to prepare for regionals.” 


Science Olympiad is a Chicago-area-based national nonprofit organization founded in 1984 and dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. Thousands of students and teams from all 50 states compete in regional, state and national Science Olympiad tournaments each year. 


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].


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