PCS students place in scholastic contest
Students from 29 area high schools put their skills and knowledge to the test during the 50th annual Inter-High Scholastic Contest at North Platte Community College on Wednesday, March 29.
More than 230 applied technology tests were taken on North Campus and a record 800-plus academic tests were taken on South Campus. Kelly Rippen, the college’s area dean of enrollment management, said the event just continues to grow every year.
“I have noticed over the years that there is a pride in competing in these exams,” said Rippen. “Students really love to show off their skills, and we are honored they get to do it here. Our biggest goal is to recognize their talents and let them know we want them to continue to show off those talents at our college after they graduate.”
The applied technology competitions consisted of both written test and hands-on elements. Students were judged in the areas of auto body, automotive/diesel, building construction, electrical, welding and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
On the academic side, students took exams on everything from accounting and athletic training to chemistry and information technology. They presented 3-5 minute monologues in a dramatic arts competition and performed solo vocal and instrumental pieces among a variety of other activities.
Perkins County placers included Robi Grothman, second in fire science/EMS; and Nathan Kemling, second in music theory.
Winners in each academic category received a medal and a $500 scholarship to the college. Additionally, those placing first through third earned certificates for up to three credit hours of tuition.