The Switzerland County Middle School Academic Team competed this past Saturday at Union County Middle School. There were 15 schools at the meet, with six of those were in Switzerland County’s division. As with the high school competition, this year’s theme was “The Fertile Crescent”. For the middle school: the language arts team earned first place overall and are among the top 20 teams in the state; while the science team earned third place and the social studies team earned fourth place. The middle school’s math and interdisciplinary teams did not place, but put forth an outstanding effort. Shown here are, front row, from left: Aaryan Soni, Aiden Ferrari, Sam Schroer, Patty Miller, Kourtni Hite, and Ava Cole. Back row: Nathan Furnish, Josiah Breeck, Abby Thomas, Preston Asher, Mckenna Perkins, and Ky Baker. The teams are coached by Rahe-Jean Griffin and Amanda Cole; and teacher Darren Byrd assisted the team on Saturday, as well. Photo provided.