High-school students participate in Science Olympiad

High-school students participate in Science Olympiad

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2020

High school students conduct experiments.

Almost 40 students were on campus Saturday for an invitational Science Olympiad. Dr. Kevin Ludwick, Assistant Professor of Physics, organized the event.

“This was an invitational tournament, meaning the teams paid to compete here as practice for a regional tournament,” he said. “Winning at the regional qualifies for the state level, and state winners go on to the national competition.”

About 40 students representing Fulton Science Academy and Decatur High School participated in events spread out around the campus.

“This was a small tournament to help us get our feet wet,” Dr. Ludwick said. “We hope to host the regional competition next year, and that will bring even more students.”

In general, a Science Olympiad tournament consists of 23 events ranging from chemistry, ecology, anatomy, astronomy, circuits, decryption, biology, geology, aeronautics and music. 

“Some events required students to build their own musical instruments, protein model, car and ramp, airplane and more,” he said.  “The winners don't receive a monetary prize – it’s just a nice addition to their resumés and the satisfaction of accomplishment.”  

 Anupa Doraiswami, state director of Georgia Science Olympiad (Division B), said she was very impressed with Saturday’s event.
“The tournament was meticulously planned by Dr. Ludwick,” she said. “It was well-organized, feedback from the teams was positive and we are happy to provide support for the next year. We are looking forward to continuing our association with LaGrange College and Dr. Ludwick.”


Campus notes

Students perform a musical number about money in the musical "Urinetown."
Get your tickets now for “Urinetown: The Musical,” running through Sunday at Price Theater. Show times are 7 p.m. through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Reserve tickets at or 706-800-8080.

Want a chance to win up to $7,500? The LaGrange College Panther Club is hosting a golf-ball drop on March 6 to raise funds for student-athletes. Coinciding with the first home beach volleyball game, the event is set for 1:30 p.m. at Nick Allen Pavilion on Panther Way. To enter, contact Jim Claybrook at 706-880-8459 or

Don't forget Monday's @lagrange lecture by First Lady Celeste Myall, who will be speaking about the impact of the violin on Italian culture. 10 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room. Shuttle available from Sunny Gables. #3DJourneys #LCTransforms #lagrangecollege

The annual Ash Wednesday worship service will be at noon Wednesday in the Chapel. Ash Wednesday is the traditional date on the Christian calendar that marks the season of Lent, a time of preparation, 40 days before Easter.

Online applications for the 2021 Interim and May Away study away courses, travel vouchers and travel scholarships for transfer students are now open and will close at midnight March 16. There will be a workshop at 4 p.m. March 10 in Smith Hall Room 222 to help with the application. Interim Term classes will include

  • “Nursing Since Nightingale, London, United Kingdom”
  • “Himalayan Mysteries: The Religions, Art and Ecology of Nepal”
  • “Along the Streets of England: London, Stratford, Oxford and Bath
  • “Ecuador: A Study in Service Learning”
  • “The History of Psychology in London”
  • “Service and Exploring in Post-Colonial Central America, Belize”
  • “Discovering the Cultures of Northern Thailand and Laos”

May Away courses are scheduled to be

  • “Business and Nonprofits in Prague and Vienna”
  • “Springtime in Paris”
  • “Alaska in the Spring: A Study of Nature and Business Interests in the 49th State.”

For more information, contact Michele Raphoon at

The second practice GRE Test of the spring semester will be 1-4:30 p.m. March 3 in the multimedia room in Lewis Library. To register, e-mail or visit here.   

Don’t forget to sign up for spring’s Service Saturday on March 7 from 7:30-10 a.m. To register for Service Saturday, visit here.


Cultural Enrichment events

Today (Friday)

  • “Urinetown: The Musical,” 7 p.m., Price Theater
  • Opening reception for Third LaGrange Southeast Regional, 7 p.m., Lamar Dodd Art Center and LaGrange Art Museum


  • “Urinetown: The Musical,” 7 p.m., Price Theater


  • “Urinetown: The Musical,” 2:30 p.m., Price Theater


  • How Black Stereotypes in the Media Impact Black Males, 7 p.m., Bailey Room


  • Film: “Games of Love and Chance;” 9 a.m., Lewis Library Media Lounge
  • Jan Term 2020 presentation: Iceland’s Unique Physical and Metaphysical Perspective; 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room
  • Faculty and Guest Recital: Piano Trio; 4:30 p.m., Beason Recital Hall


  • Ash Wednesday service; noon; the Chapel


  • From Hypotheses to Conclusions: Our Story of Senior Research Projects; 11:15 a.m.; Callaway Academic Building, Room 318
  • Jan Term 2020 presentation: Economics and Sustainability in the Cayman Islands; 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room




Beach Volleyball
The Panthers begin their inaugural season today (Friday) and Saturday at the Battle of the Bay in Waveland, Mississippi. LC plays Huntingdon in their first-ever match at 1:30 p.m. on March 6.



The Panthers open the 2020 season at the three-day Millsaps Tournament in Jackson, Miss. beginning Friday against Mississippi University for Women.


Men’s Lacrosse

The Panthers (1-2) beat Centenary 18-11 last Friday for their first ever win and lost to Hendrix 14-9 on Sunday. Freshman Robert Hunt had five goals and five assists in the two games. Hunt was named the men’s lacrosse USA South Rookie of the Week for the week ending Feb. 16.

Women’s Basketball
The Panthers’ season ended with a 58-54 loss at Huntingdon on Wednesday in the first round of the USA South Tournament. Sadie Desroches and Jahpera McEachin each had 15 points to lead LC.


Men’s Basketball
The Panthers (7-17, 6-11 USA South) lost 73-66 at Huntingdon on Wednesday in a USA South game. Kyle Brown led three Panthers in double figures with 14 points.



The Panthers men’s team finished second at the Sun Coast Conference Championship at the Columbus Aquatic Center last weekend. The team broke five school records at the meet. Sophomore Connor Cochran set four school records alone in the 500-yard freestyle, 400 individual medley, 1,000  freestyle, and 1,650 freestyle.


Men’s Tennis
The Panthers opened their spring schedule by going 1-2 at the Transylvania Invitational last weekend in Lexington, Kentucky. Freshman Daniel Vincent was 3-0 playing #2 singles. Vincent was named the men’s tennis USA South Rookie of the Week for the week ending Feb. 16.


Women’s Tennis

The Panthers went 0-3 at the Transylvania Invitational last weekend in Lexington, Kentucky. Makayla Red led the team with a 2-1 record at #6 singles.



The Panthers (2-4) beat No. 4 Birmingham-Southern 4-1 in Birmingham, Alabama last Sunday. McKinley Erves had two hits, including his first collegiate home run, to lead LC.


Friday, Feb. 21

Beach volleyball vs. Huntingdon, 1:30 p.m.; vs. William Carey 3:10 p.m., Waveland, Mississippi

Softball vs. Mississippi University for Women, 6:30 p.m., Jackson, Mississippi

Saturday, Feb. 22

Beach volleyball vs. Spring Hill, 1:10 p.m., Waveland, Mississippi

Softball vs. Austin, 12:30 p.m.; vs. Millsaps 5:30 p.m., Jackson, Mississippi

Men’s Lacrosse at SCAD, 4 p.m., Hardeeville, South Carolina

Baseball vs. N.C. Wesleyan (doubleheader), 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Cleaveland Field at Williamson Stadium

Men’s Basketball vs. Maryville, 2 p.m., Mariotti Gym

Sunday, Feb. 23

Softball vs. University of Dallas, noon, Jackson, Miss.

Baseball vs. N.C. Wesleyan, noon, Cleaveland Field at Williamson Stadium

Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Louisiana College at Huntingdon College, 11 a.m., Montgomery, Ala.


Alumni giving

Panther meter for Feb. 21, 2020 - shows 428 donors. Make a gift today at

Did your time on the Hill make a lasting impression on your life? Why not help a current student have a similar experience by giving back. If at least 1,140 alumni join us in supporting students by June 30, 2020, it will show how passionate our alumni are about higher education, providing great opportunities for the next year. Go to or call the Development office at 706-880-8039 to make your gift.


Video of the Week

“I Had a Dream About You" was a lively, imaginative song from Abigail Young’s senior recital, “Dare to Dream.” 

The entire concert can be viewed here.   


In the headlines

Myall to bring passion for music to 3D lecture – Troup County News, Feb. 18, 2020

Panthers ready for tourney – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 19, 2020

Panthers fall short in conference tourney – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 20, 2020

Panthers make history – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 15-16, 2020

LaGrange College grad ready to start career with TCSS after earning scholarship – LaGrange Daily News, Feb. 15-16, 2020

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Last updated: 02/21/2020