By Carly Guise
Juniors Jacob Lorenzen and Summer Hinton have made Red Lion history.
The duo became the first Red Lion team to score in the top three at the 32nd Annual Millersville University Science Lectureship and Competition on Nov. 17. They worked together to complete a test based on mathematics and science topics and earned third place.
“We went into the competition with very little preparation,” Lorenzen said, “so when we got third place, we were very excited and surprised.”
Even Mr. Nathan Barrett, AP Physics teacher, was surprised by Hinton and Lorenzen’s standing. “Jacob and Summer are both smart, capable students,” he said, “but many schools that attend [the competition] practice for the exam. We do not.”
This year’s highest score was a 68 out of 100. Hinton and Lorenzen scored a 64 out of 100. They were both chosen by the science department to represent Red Lion at the competition, which is restricted to sophomores and juniors.
“The competition wasn’t too bad,” Lorenzen said. “It was a multiple-choice test, so we didn’t feel rushed when answering the questions. Summer and I worked well during the competition to cover each other’s weaknesses.”
The test consisted of 10 different topics, with each topic section worth 10 points. Concepts included biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, geology, computer science, and math.
“Topics like chemistry and biology were pretty much review,” Hinton said, “but some portions of the test, like computer science, were a lot more difficult since I didn’t have a background in them.”
Twenty different schools participated in the event, each having a team of two students. Teams were given two hours to complete the test through collaboration.
At the end of the event, a guest speaker, Dr. Hazel Barton, gave a lecture on cave microbiology.
“If I had the opportunity to go again I would,” Lorenzen said. “It was a wonderful event that gave me the opportunity to represent Red Lion and assert our dominance over other schools in the STEM fields.”