Scholastic Activities, Competitions, and Contests

The AMC 8, a competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, is a 25 question, 40 minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year, and qualifying students are invited by the Math Department to participate.  The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the middle school level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most middle school mathematics classes.  High scoring students in the AMC 8 are invited to participate in the AMC 10.


AMC 8-Tuesday, November 13, 2018

AMC 10B-Wednesday, February 13, 2018

Art Showcase is a competition that recognizes both the best individual artists and best art programs in North Carolina schools.  An unlimited number of students in each school may participate in the school-level competition. Students are presented with a prompt and given about one month to create their submission.  Media categories include painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and computer generated art. Electronic copies of submissions are sent to NCASA and forwarded to judges. Submissions from top teams and students from each category advance to the State Finals and are evaluated by judges in a live exhibition.


PROMPT RELEASE-November 15, 2018

REGIONAL-Submissions due Jan. 14, 2019

STATE-February 9, 2018, Northwest Guilford HS

In Battle of the Books, students read a variety of books and come together in a quiz bowl style of competition to demonstrate their comprehension abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read.  The North Carolina School Library Media Association sponsors this program for middle school students aimed at promoting a love of reading and familiarity of the best in literature for young people. Mrs. Stacy Olne-Whitesell,  Ms. Bethany Chapman, and Mrs. Katrina Fox are the coaches of our BOB team. Practice sessions are in the Media Center during T/TH ClimbTime and also after school from 3-4 as competition approaches.  Practices are already underway for this year's bibliophiles!


COUNTY-February 22, 2019


VSMS Chess Club is instructed by Life Master Neal Harris.  The club is competitive on the state level  and has set a goal this year to be middle school state champs! All levels of experience are invited  to participate and compete in multiple matches each school year. Chess Club meets on Thursdays after school until 4:15 pm in the Media Center and welcomes players at all levels to join in on playing this mentally challenging, fun game.


NC K-12 Scholastics Chess Championship, Charlotte, March 30-31, 2019

Envirothon is a natural science academic event that challenges and engages students to think critically about the natural world and their role in it. Envirothon combines an in-class curriculum with outdoor training to help students learn and to experience more about aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, and current environmental issues. Envirothon team members are selected via application and science teacher recommendation, and practices are during ClimbTime the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the school year.  The faculty advisors of Envirothon are Mrs. Natalie Henry-Howell and Mr. Will King.


AREA 1-March 22, 2019, Mtn. Research Station, Waynesville

STATE-May 3-4, 2019, Cedarock Park, Burlington

MathCounts is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. Consisting of fun, creative, multi-step problems that promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, MathCounts engages students in pushing themselves with challenging and non- routine mathematical thinking. Mrs. Vimi McKeithan, Mrs. Catherine DellaMea, and Mr. Brian Frees coach our Mathletes. Meetings are held on Wednesday mornings from 7:05-7:35 am in Room 806.


COUNTY-January 25, 2019

REGIONAL-February 2, 2019

STATE-March 15, 2019

The National Geographic Bee School Bee is a competition whose purpose is to engage students in learning about the places  and people of the world. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed  to spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. A school-wide preliminary NG Bee is held in early winter, and a school bee is held in January. The winner of the school bee competes in an online statewide bee, and state winners vie to be the NG Bee champion and winner of a $50,000 scholarship. Mrs. Natalie Henry-Howell facilitates the National Geographic Bee.


PRELIMINARY BEE-November 30, 2018

SCHOOL BEE-January 4, 2019

STATE BEE-March 29, 2019

National History Day

North Carolina History Day is a program designed to promote an interest in history among students and to assist teachers in teaching history more effectively.  The program helps students develop skills in historical research, analysis, critical thinking, organization and presentation, as well as improve reading and writing skills.  The theme for the 2018-19 school year is "Triumph & Tragedy in History." This theme is complex and requires students to view history through multiple perspectives. Can one person’s triumph be another’s tragedy?  Can the same person or group suffer from tragedy and triumph at the same time? How does one ultimately triumph after tragedy? Can triumph lead to tragedy? Throughout this academic year students will ask themselves these questions and more, always looking for how and why. Contact Ms. Bethany Chapman, the facilitator of National History Day, for more information.


WESTERN REGIONAL-Saturday, March 30, 2019 (WCU)

STATE-Saturday, April _____, 2019 (NC Museum of History, Raleigh)

The VEX Robotics Competition is a middle and high school robotics program. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, aim to build the most innovative robots possible and work together to obtain the most points. In addition to just having a great time building amazing robots, students will learn many academic and life skills through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills.  This 2018-19 academic year, VSMS is not fielding a team.

North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain  the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public  school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well-balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Science Olympiad facilitators are Mrs. Erin Macarelli and Mrs. Natalie Henry-Howell. Beginning in January, meetings are held after school in Rm. 21 until 4:15.




The Quill is a competition in which teams of 4 students must create written products given a prompt from a specific text type. Each team member will be presented with a prompt from their assigned text type and compete independently.  Students have 90 minutes to create their best written response. One student per prompt per team. Text types in middle school are Argument, Problem/Solution, Narrative, and Informational.


REGIONAL-October 25, 2018

STATE-December 1, 2018

Scripps National Spelling Bee’s purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.  As each student steps forward to spell a word in their classroom then school bee, they are one step closer to reaching the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.


Preliminary-December 18, 2018

School-February 28, 2019

Forensics, or Speech and Debate, is the study and practice of public speaking and reasoned discourse.  School and college contests are patterned after ancient Greek competitions at public forums. Forensic events include Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Public Forum Debate.  Meetings are held in Rm. 21 on Thursday mornings from 7:05-7:35 beginning in January. Mrs. Natalie Henry-Howell is the sponsor.


STATE-March 23, 2019 at Jay M. Robinson, Charlotte

In Twelve, teams of 12 students tackle 12 topics with 12 questions each.  It is a knowledge-based competition that challenges teams to answer questions covering a variety of subject areas. The competition is based primarily on the core curriculum. Middle school primary topics include Physical Science, Life Science, Mathematics, Writing, Literature, US History, World History, Technology, Physical Education/Sports, and Arts and Media. Wildcard topics , 2 in each competition, are NC based and include Geography, Native Americans, State Government, Current Events, History, Sports, Colleges and Universities, State Symbols, and Current Events.  Mrs. Natalie Henry-Howell facilitates Twelve.


REGIONAL-November 17, 2018

STATE-December 8, 2018 (Moved to Jan. 26, 2019)