Popular SCORES Academic Festival to attract about 1,200 students

Updated 4 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
More than 1,200 high school students from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus, Saturday, April 5, to participate in the 36thannual Search Committee on Recognizing Excellent Students (SCORES) Academic Festival.

SCORES is an academic competition that allows high school students to compete in different areas of study at Marshall.  This year 115 contests are being offered. The purpose of the event is to recognize academic excellence, create relationships with area high schools, show the importance of college attendance and recruit talented high school students.  Events are open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

“The SCORES Academic Festival is an exciting event for not only the students, but for Marshall,” said Sabrina Simpson, SCORES coordinator and assistant director of Marshall’s office of recruitment.  “The festival provides students with exposure to the social activities found on campus, which are integral to students’ education and growth.  The event is a great way for the university to not only recruit students, but allow them to visit a college campus and become familiar with the university community.  The program allows talented students the opportunity to showcase their academic achievements while interacting with Marshall faculty. This is an exciting day focused on celebrating the unique talents that each student brings to the festival.”


The awards ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center.  The top three winners in each contest will be awarded medals.  Scholarships will also be given to the top seven students in the SCORES competition, with one student winning the $1,000 Robert Wheeler Scholarship and a Marshall tuition waiver.  The other six students will receive Marshall tuition waivers or stipends.


In addition to the individual awards, the schools represented in the competition will be divided into three categories and compete for trophies.  First-, second- and third-place trophies will be given for the overall top three high school winners in each school division.


“It’s amazing to see the enthusiasm of the students when they’re all assembled for the awards ceremony,”  said Beth Wolfe, Marshall’s director of recruitment.  “Several of the schools have t-shirts made specifically for this event, and their creativity seems to always top the previous year’s.  And then when you see the pride of the students as they accept their awards, it’s truly one of my favorite moments of the year.”


“This continues to be one of the most exciting weekends on our campus.” Simpson said.  “We are honored to have the level of interest continue to grow for this program every year, but this would not be possible without the dedicated faculty and staff on our campus.  Many of the students who compete in this competition will visit a college campus for the first time, and their level of excitement is infectious.”

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