East Point Academy Elementary Students Win Big at UofSC Science Fair

West Columbia,SC – On March 11th, eight, fourth and fifth graders from East Point Academy Elementary Campus participated in the 66th annual UofSC Regional II Science and Engineering Fair. Each year around 50 schools from across the midlands with approximately 500 students in grades 4th through 12th participate in this academic challenge. The event celebrates excellence in science, math and engineering. Students compete individually and in small groups within a wide range of categories.


Seven out of the eight students participating from East Point Academy received awards for their projects. Mark Bounds, Head of School for East Point says, “A big thanks and congratulations to all of our science teachers and awesome young scientists!  Despite this challenging school year, our teachers and students are excelling.”

Fourth graders Addie McDuffie and Sam Webster along with fifth graders, Ezra Means, Jahvier Banton, Jordyn Jones, Serenity Hoyt and Chase Carter all received more than one award. Fifth grader, Ezra Means, won a whopping five awards including being named in the top three best projects of the Junior Division and 1st Place in the Category of Engineering also in the Junior Division.


At the beginning of the school year students in five different science classrooms began their hard work on their chosen science or engineering project. In January of this year, 14 students looking to participate in the prestigious UofSC Science Fair were narrowed down to eight finalists through interviews with East Point administrators. Assistant Principal, Ashley Coohon says “ Our fourth and fifth graders absolutely blew me away with their excitement about the Science Fair, and their knowledge of their topics. Speaking in front of a group of people can be a little scary, but our students are getting great practice at East Point Academy. I am so proud of each of them for their research, knowledge of their individual topics, and bravery to speak!”

Their teachers hope their love for science will continue through High School where they will have the opportunity to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in the Nation’s Capital and may even earn scholarships for their future endeavors. 

East Point Academy is a highly rated Mandarin Immersion free Public Charter School that provides rigorous academics with a global focus to students from four-year-old kindergarten to eighth grade. It was named the “Best” Charter School by the FreeTimes and State Newspaper.  East Point has limited openings for the 2022/2023 school year. To learn more, visit www.eastpointsc.org or to schedule a tour call (803) 926-5180.  

(Left to Right) Sam Webster, Gwen Sochor, Addie McDuffie, Ezra Means, Jordyn Jones, Chase Carter, Serenity Hoyt,Jahvier Banton, (teacher) Huaying “Tracy” Jiang.
Serenity Hoyt, Ezra Means, Jahiver Banton pose with their 66th annual UofSC Regional II Science and Engineering Fair awards.

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