Academic Contests

Ag Contests: To participate in any Ag contests, students must be members of the local FFA Chapter. The team contests available to FFA members are livestock judging, farm management, meats, FFA Creed speaking and other speaking events on various topics. The teams and individuals meet with the FFA advisor, Mr. Kuster, and study the material covered by the contests. The Ag department also competes in county, district, and state fairs in crops and mechanics.Art Contest: To attend Art Contest at UCM in the spring, students must be a junior or senior enrolled in an Art Class. There are a variety of studio categories from which to choose.CCAA Art Show/PGHS Art Show: Middle School and High School Art students participate in two art shows each year. The Cooper County Activities Association holds a judged show at the end of January in conjunction with the CCAA Basketball tournament. Fifteen pieces are entered from each school with awards presented in various media in both Junior and Senior High divisions. Each spring all students are required to show pieces of their work in a school-wide show.

CCAA Math Contests: To attend the CMSU Math Relays in Warrensburg, students must be enrolled in a math course. There are several tests that can be taken: Algebra 9, 10, 11, and 12; Geometry 9, 10, 11, and 12; Math Proofs Team; Calculators and Computers; Graphing Calculators; Trigonometry; Probability; Number and Set Theory; and Senior Math Topics.

Envirothon: The Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. In the field, teams of students are challenged to hone critical thinking skills and work as a team. They answer written questions and conduct hands-on investigation of environmental issues in five categories – Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues. In addition to a written test, the teams also present an oral presentation solving a specific natural resource issue.

The Envirothon stimulates, reinforces, and enhances student’s interest in the environment and our state’s natural resources. Envirothon affords a unique approach to teaching environmental education, and it’s fun!

FBLA Contests: To participate in FBLA contests, students must be members of the local FBLA Chapter. Individual and team events are available in which members can compete. The teams and individuals meet with the FBLA advisor, Mrs. Munden to study the material covered by the contests.

FCCLA Contests: To participate in FCCLA contests, students must be members of the local FCCLA Chapter. Individual and team events are available in which members can compete. The teams and individuals meet with the FCCLA advisor, Mrs. Nave, and study the material covered by the contests.

Music Contests: Music students participate in county, district, and state music contests. Band students, choral students, and Select Choir members are eligible to participate inthese contests. There are both individual and group events. Students meet with the music instructor, Mrs. Shroyer, to practice for these contests.

TEAMS: (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Selected students compete at the University of Missouri in district engineering contests. There are usually two teams. One team consists of members of the senior class, which is classified as the varsity team. Underclassmen make up a second team, which competes as a junior varsity team. The tests include both an objective part and a written subjective part. These questions are based on societal problems such as how to handle nuclear power needs or how to manage a dairy in a efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. Scores from the district tests are also then graded at the state and national levels.

WYSE: The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. The tests are now offered by more than 50 community colleges and universities and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.

Tests material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. Written by teams of college and university faculty, subjects include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. Each test production team produces three tests of increasing levels of difficulty, regional, sectional and state finals. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team (when their school fields a team); they have 40 minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from 30 questions (computer science) to 100 questions (English).

Academic Team: The Academic Team was started in 1991. The team members volunteer to be on the team, but if more than eight people volunteer, an elimination process may take place. We practice Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. for academic matches. At our academic matches, we compete against other schools and demonstrate the skills we have learned from our practice. Our sponsor makes sure we have excellent doughnuts so we won’t be hungry after our morning practices. It’s a lot of hard work, but the practices and matches are fun. Also, the information learned at morning practices comes in handy for schoolwork.

Art Club: Officers are elected, club dues set, and goals and activities are planned for the year. Began in 2000, the students have focused their attention to furthering the appreciation of art in the school and the community through art production and art awareness. Art Club is organized in the fall of each school year. Students eligible are those who are presently or were previously enrolled in a high school art class. Members participate in local service projects and actively support their school and its needs. The club provides an environment for the discovery of new practices and experiences in art and a support group for student artists and art appreciators alike. Meetings are held twice monthly, after school in the art room, or as activities warrant.

Band: High school band counts as a fine art credit.This year’s band has been really fun.We have approximately fifty members consisting of middle school and high school students.Being a member of band does not just mean attending class every day.We participate in many activities including: band clinic, band contest, Christmas program, and spring concert.Other activities this year include playing at ball games and pep assemblies.

Lettering: Band members receive points for every band activity attended. The points are totaled at the end of the year. If a member has enough points, he/she letters in band. Lettering is not difficult as long as one attends all of the activities.

The Grading System: The grading procedure in Band consists of class participation, performances, and quizzes.

Band is enjoyable, but it is also a lot of work. We would love to have new members.