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Published 9:55 pm Monday, April 11, 2016

Teachers receive recognition for Science Olympiad competition

At their April 4 meeting, the Polk County Board of Education honored teachers from Polk County High School, Polk County Middle School and the Polk County Early College for their participation in the regional Science Olympiad competition held at UNC Asheville in February. The arena hosted 12 high schools and 16 middle schools from the region. Jennifer Allsbrook, Leslie Rhinehart, Laura Spinks and Shannon Haynes received recognition at the high school level. Elisa Flynn, Stephanie Luedi and Dr. Bob Pettis represented the middle school and Linda Sutton represented the early college.


PCHS students selected as finalists for Chinese immersion trip


Because Polk County High School students who have taken the International Chinese Proficiency (HSK) Test in the last two years have scored well, the Chinese Ministry of Education has selected the Polk County school district as a finalist for an all-expenses paid trip to China. This trip will immerse students in the Chinese culture ranging from graduation to exchange activities. The trip will be held July 20-23. Sightseeing will be minimal. International airfare, a passport and visa will be required by the students and the faculty member for the trip. The district will learn if they have been selected for this trip on April 20.


Five students selected for North Carolina Chinese Speech Contest Saturday

Chinese IV students Leah Stockdale, Elijah Edwards, Madeline McDonough, Carson Marshall and Allison Edwards from Polk County High School have been selected to compete in the 2016 North Carolina Chinese Speech Contest to be held at the Hunt Library Auditorium at N.C. State University in Raleigh on Sat., April 9. Lou Qiayong is the Chinese teacher at PCHS. The contest is sponsored by N.C. State’s Confucius Institute.