(Neb)-57th Chadron State Scholastic Contest Today
CHADRON - The 57th annual Chadron State College Scholastic Contest is underway. The contest, one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the Midwest, attracts the region's top scholars to compete in more than 40 subject areas.
Well over 1,000 students from 43 high schools in 3 states are registered to compete with medals awarded to the top three individuals in each test and all 1st-place seniors receiving one year of in-state tuition at Chadron State. There's also a team sweepstakes in 5 enrollment divisions.
The Scholastic Contest was started in 1961 to give area high school students the chance at academic competition as well as athletic competition.
Rangeland Center program director Laure Sinn says that while it's not officially a recruiting event, a lot of eventual CSC students have told her being on campus for the Scholastic Contest played a big role in their decision to come to CSC.
The entire campus community pitches in to help with faculty members giving and scoring the tests while staff and students hold activities to keep the students occupied while not taking tests.
Sinn is coordinating the activities, which run through the end of the contest and include an open house at the Family and Consumer Science department in the Burkhiser Technology Complex with tours of the Child Development Center, Food Labs and outside Nature Explore Environment.
There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides, an interactive trailer of video games, dance lessons in the Student Center Ballroom, self-guided tours of the Sandoz Center, 3 shows at the planetarium in the Math and Science Building, and the Human Genome Scavenger Hunt.
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