HUNTINGTON – Logan High School students were among more than 1,300 high school students from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky to visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus Saturday, April 6, to participate in the 35th annual Search Committee on Recognizing Excellent Students (SCORES) Academic Festival. SCORES is an academic competition that allows high school students to compete in different areas of study at Marshall.
This year 115 contests were offered. The purpose of the event is to recognize academic excellence, create relationships with area high schools, show the importance of college attendance and recruit talented high school students. Events are open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
“The SCORES Academic Festival is an exciting event for not only the students, but for Marshall,” Sabrina Simpson, SCORES coordinator and assistant director with Marshall’s Office of Recruitment, said. “The festival provides students with exposure to the social activities found on campus, which are integral to students’ education and growth. The event is a great way for the university to not only recruit students, but allow them to visit a college campus and become familiar with the university community. The program allows talented students the opportunity to showcase their academic achievements while interacting with Marshall faculty. This is an exciting day focused on celebrating the unique talents that each student brings to the festival.” Events took place at 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., with lunch provided. The students competed in a variety of tests, contests and performances, which was evaluated by Marshall faculty and staff. Areas of competition included business, education, fine arts, liberal arts, honors, career services, graduate school, journalism and mass communications, information technology and engineering, health professions, office of recruitment and science.
The award ceremony was at 1:30 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center. The top three winners in each contest were awarded medals. Scholarships were also given to the top seven students in the SCORES competition, with one student winning the $1,000 Robert Wheeler Scholarship and a Marshall tuition waiver. The other six students received Marshall tuition waivers or stipends.
In addition to the individual awards, the schools represented in the competition was divided into five categories and competed for trophies. First, second and third place trophies were given for the overall top three high school winners in each school division. Students who placed 4th and 5th in their respective contests added points to each schools total for the overall school trophy. Schools were given 5 points for a 1st place win, 4 points for a 2nd place win, 3 points for a 3rd place win, 2 points for 4th place and 1 point for a 5th place win.
“This is the 35th year of the competition, and it continues to be one of the most exciting weekends on our campus,” Simpson said. “We are honored to have the level of interest continue to grow for this program every year, but this would not be possible without the dedicated faculty and staff on our campus. Many of the students who compete in this competition will visit a college campus for the first time, and their level of excitement is infectious.”
Logan High School competed for its 5th year and won in the following areas:
• WLHS TV-1st place in Television Entertainment Show
• Dylan Vidovich, 2nd place in Broadcast News Writing, 3rd Place in Television News Package
• Erica Kitchen,1st Place in Feature Writing, 2nd Place in Creative Writing Short Story, and 2nd Place News Writing
• McGinnis Dalton, 2nd Place in French 2
• Casey France, 3rd Place in Math 3. France also won a Most Outstanding Student Scholarship
The following students placed 4th and 5th in their respective contests, they did not receive a medal but helped contribute to Logan High’s 2nd place in Division 2 School award:
• Shana Nelson 4th Place in Dramatic Monologue
• Justin Fillinger 5th place in Sociological concepts
• Casey France 4th place in Information Technology Concepts
• Austin Smith 5th place in General Biology
• Brian Craft 4th place in Resume Development
Logan High School Health Care Policy team 4th place; Logan High School was awarded the 2nd place in its Division for overall points.
Jason McPeak, Guidance Counselor, and Macel Adams, French teacher, are the sponsors for Logan High School’s SCORES Teams.
Although this event was during Logan County’s Spring Break, 19 LHS students left Logan at 6 a.m., arriving at Marshall at 8 a.m. to compete. Logan High School placed in 14 contests.