This spring, Shady Side Academy Middle School seventh grade students placed third in the nation in the 2023 National Science League (NSL) Life Science Contest.
Middle School students compete each spring in NSL contests, which consist of 50 multiple-choice questions that students have 35 minutes to complete. The test is administered in school between April and May, and the questions are based on factual knowledge as well as students’ understanding of scientific processes. Each school sends scores of its top 10 students to the national competition, and their combined scores determine the school's overall place.
Anna Ching (not pictured) scored 42 out of 50 to earn first place in the nation, marking the third year in a row an SSA seventh grader has placed first nationally in the NSL Life Science Contest. The other students who scored in the top 10 for SSA and contributed to the school's third-place finish were Wenwen Wang, Angela Tu, Mana Zaidi, Violet McGuigan, Allen Hoe, Aiden Goldstein, Allison Guan, Shalin Thosani and Isla Wiegand-Hammond.
The National Science League is part of the Continental Mathematics League program, founded in 1980 for public and private schools.
Congratulations to the students and seventh grade science teacher Bonnie Maxwell!