For the third straight year, Polk County Middle School’s Science Olympiad team is heading to the North Carolina Science Olympiad state tournament.

PCMS placed second Saturday in the Science Olympiad Asheville Regional at UNC Asheville, qualifying for the state competition set for April 26-27 at North Carolina State University.

Polk County High School’s team also enjoyed a successful competition, bringing home a fourth-place trophy in competing against teams from throughout Western North Carolina.

Science Olympiad offers students a chance to compete in 23 team events, some involving subject tests, some involving building devices, some involving both.

Polk County High School placed fourth in the Asheville Regional competition (photo courtesy Leslie Rhinehart)

PCMS finished behind Fairview School, their chief rival in the Asheville Regional. PCMS students took top honors in three events – Elastic Launched Glider, Fossils and Ping Pong Parachute.

The PCMS junior varsity also placed second in its competition to Fairview’s JV1 team. PCMS JVs earned first-place honors in Amazing Mechatronics, Dynamic Planet, Elastic Launched Glider, Heredity and Write It Do It.

Polk County High placed behind state qualifiers West Henderson, Smoky Mountain and Henderson County Early College, though just five points behind Henderson County Early College.

Polk County High took top honors in Anatomy and Physiology and Protein Models.

Polk County High JVs also placed fourth, with an event win in Anatomy and Physiology.

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