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Academic Competitions


Last year more ETCA students than ever participated in the TAPPS State Academic Competition in Waco, Texas.  In addition, students competed in more events than in previous years.  

The 2016-2017 Middle School Academic Challenge Quiz team competed against Carlisle on November 17. They won the match by a score of 410 to 215. Team members were Joseph Carpenter, Abigail Lloyd, Matthew Vaughn, Kaley McKinney, Cole Easling, and Braylee Glasscock. 

2016-2017 Mindset Breaking Experience teams: 

High School - Ryan Swinney, Sebastian Nichols, Carson Conner, Taylor Guyton, and Andrew Mahoney
Middle School - Joseph Carpenter, Zach Snyder, Matthew Vaughn, Naina Kiarie, Kaley McKinney, and Hayden Crymes
Elementary - Eden Tannery, Aden Smith, Jared Garner, Molly Vaughn, Lane Scarborough, Sarah Bazzell, and Kean Smith 

Congratulations to our Elementary team on their First Place win at the finals!  

Academic competitions are a way for students to discover and develop their specific talents at ETCA. Individual events can challenge students and help them determine what field they want to study in college or give them valuable experience to help with college entrance exams.  Group events help students learn to work collaboratively.  ETCA provides many options for students to participate in academic competitions.  All grade levels are given opportunities and there is a wide range of events for all students to choose from. 


Competition Events – Elementary


ETSF/Academic Rodeo

Agriculture Identification Contest 

Art Contest 

Computer Science Fair  - Desktop Publishing or Multimedia              

Engineering Challenge 

Kinder Critters Contest 

Mathletics – 2 teams              

Mindset Breaking Experience 

Science Fair – Class Display

Science Fair  - Experimental or Models and Demonstrations or Drawing/Illustration

Spelling Bee 

Writing Contest 

Youth Fashion Show 


Competition Events – Middle School


ETSF/Academic Rodeo

Ag ID Contest

Art Contest 

Computer Science Fair  - Desktop Publishing or Multimedia or Digital Video or Web Page Design

Engineering Challenge 

Mindset Breaking Experience 

Science Fair – Experimental or Models and Demonstrations or Drawing/Illustration

Writing Contest

Youth Fashion Show  – Construction or Smart Buying, Non-traditional Construction



Competition Events – High School


ETSF/Academic Rodeo

Ag ID Contest 

Art Contest 

Computer Science Fair 

Mindset Breaking Experience 


Science Fair Experimental 

Science Fair Models 

Scientific Drawings and Illustrations 

Writing Contest 

Youth Fashion Show 


TAPPS – Fine Arts/Academics

Number Sense                           

Original Oratory

Persuasive Speaking

Prose Interpretation

Poetry Interpretation

Ready Writing


Social Studies

Solo Acting




TAPPS Events  - Fine Arts/Art

Drawing – Black and White

Drawing – Color

Communication Design

Computer Rendered Art

Applied Design


Relief/2D Mixed Media


Photography – Creative and Experimental

Photography – Black and White

Photography – Color


Fashion Design, Textile Arts and Craft Design, and Jewelry Design

Pottery, Ceramics and Plastic Arts

Senior Portfolio

On-Site Drawing


Wall of Winners

Duke University TIP
(Talent Identification Program)

Ten ETCA students qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification program for the 16-17 school year.  Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile on a qualifying exam. Seventh graders who score above 95% on areas of the Stanford exam qualify and are able to take the ACT or SAT.  For more info go to Duke University's website.

Recent qualifiers are:
Hudson Layne
Lane Scarbrough
Kean Smith
Molly Vaughn
Cole Easling
Kayla Ford
Mason Parsley
Dallas Wood
Kaley McKinney
Breela Moore