Students put their brains to the test at the annual Academic Olympics. The event was held at Pratt Community College. Fifty-one Skyline students were enrolled in events that day. Out of those students, five different kids placed in their event.
Junior Erik Ghumm placed in two out of his three tests, first in General Science and second in American History 1860-1960.
“I wasn’t confident getting started, but once I got going it felt super easy,” Ghumm said. “I almost placed in all and I was pretty happy.”
Students were placed in tests they had the opportunity to do well in.
“In some ways the event is good for our students,” principal Herb McPherson said. “I wish the tests were more real world with real world audiences.”
Another junior, Gracie Bricker, also placed on her test. She received third in Animal Science. A third junior, Tanner MaGee placed first in Computer Science.
“Over the summer and fall I took classes at Wichita Area Technical College,” MaGee said. “I had hoped I’d do well but I wasn’t certain of anything.”
Business Math received a placing from senior Sydney Koirth. She got third. Koirth has taken both Accounting and Personal Finance.
The last placer was Jesus Marquez. The sophomore took third in Digital Photography Manipulation. His photo was of his classmate Colton Gatton’s head as a cracker.
“I just kind of thought of the idea and combined the two,” Marquez said. “I didn’t think I would end up placing.”
The day was a great way for kids to put their knowledge to the test and be competitive academically against other schools. Out of all the schools in the Heart of the Plains league Skyline took second behind Norwich.