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BSC Hosts Five Mercer County Schools’ Academic Competitions During 2010-11 School Year (w/photos)

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    Thursday, May 26 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103
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Left picture—Sun Valley Elementary, Mercer County Schools 2011 Elementary School “Battle of the Books” champions; Right picture—Montcalm Middle School, Mercer County Schools 2011 Middle School “Battle of the Books” champions.

(Bluefield)—A collaborative effort involving Mercer County Schools and Bluefield State College has provided elementary and middle school students opportunities for academic competition within the larger context of a visit to a college campus.

As the school year draws to a close, many of the best and brightest students in the Mercer County School system traveled to BSC to compete for titles in Spelling Bee, Math Field Day, Reading Bee, and two Battle of the Books events.

Dr. Albert Walker, BSC president, was grateful for BSC's opportunity to serve as a host site for these programs. "These teachers and students, along with their families, bring a lot of excitement to the campus," he noted. "Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and these young men and women are well on their way to success in their studies and in their careers."

Dr. Deborah Akers, Mercer County Schools Superintendent, added, "Bluefield State College provides us an excellent venue for programs and competitions, and also gives our students a glimpse of a college campus and campus life."

Most of the competitions begin and end in the auditorium of the Basic Science Building, but multiple classrooms are utilized to host preliminary rounds of the events.

“Over the years,” said Secondary Supervisor Tom Chaffins, “our teachers and students have become very familiar with the building and the campus.  We always receive a warm welcome at Bluefield State and have come to feel right at home.”