Jan. 13, 2014. Eleven sixth graders from Blowing Rock School took part in regional science competitions December 17th and four of the group won awards for their work.
In the Student Academy of Sciences competition, Emiley Geouque took third place in the biological category with her presentation about the impact of varied water sources on plant growth. Lindsay Alexander-Eitzman and Caroline Hoover won second place in the earth/environmental science category with a presentation on barometric pressure and weather. These three students will go on to state level competition of the Student Academy of Science at Research Triangle Park in March.
In the Science and Engineering Fair competition, Lennon Lupton was awarded an Honorable Mention in earth/environmental science for her project on acid rain. She will be able to compete at the state level if one of the top two finishers chooses not to go.
The achievements of these Blowing Rock sixth graders are made all the more impressive by the fact that they were often competing against older students. Both competitions were open to students in grades six through eight from throughout District 7 in North Carolina, a district that encompasses 14 counties in the northwest region of the state.
The 11 Blowing Rock School students that participated in the competitions are from a class taught by Allyson McFalls, a sixth grade science and language arts teacher at the school. McFalls is a National Board Certified teacher and was Blowing Rock School Teacher of the Year for 2011-12.
The Student Academy of Sciences is a competition in which students use PowerPoint to present their projects to a panel of judges. The judges then ask the students questions about their presentations to determine how well they understand and explain the science involved in their project. The Science Fair competition is a more traditional approach where students present their research using a combination of poster boards, text, photos, and the materials used in their project, and judges review the displays to rate their work.
Blowing Rock School has an enrollment of approximately 335 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is one of eight K-8 schools in the Watauga County Schools system.