Academic Day

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Academic Day

Lyon College Academic Day

Spring 2020 date to be announced soon.


On each annual Academic Day, students from thirteen counties in the region are invited to participate in a math and science competition. Students may participate in the Regional ACTM Math Contest, sponsored by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the winners will go on to compete in the state contest at the University of Central Arkansas. Students may also participate in the science competition, sponsored by Lyon College. Both individual students and top-performing schools may receive awards in this competition. Top-placing students will also be considered for scholarships to Lyon College.

Students will assemble in the Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building at the start of Academic Day. Check-in will be located in the lobby of the Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Announcements will be made at 9:30 a.m., and then students will begin reporting to testing rooms. Campus tours and other activities will be offered during non-testing times. Don’t miss the awards ceremony at 2:45 p.m. in Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building. A full schedule will be announced soon!

Students must be accompanied by a designated class sponsor or parent.




General Testing

  • Students must be accompanied by a designated class sponsor or parent.
  • No. 2 pencils are required to complete the scantron answer sheets.
  • Any student who disrupts a testing period will be warned. If the disruption continues, the student will be asked to turn in the exam, which will not be scored, and report to his or her sponsor.
  • Students are required to stay in the testing room for the entire time even if they have finished.
  • Cell phones must not be accessed at any time inside the testing room. Accessing a cell phone is considered a disruption.
  • Science tests are the property of Lyon College and may not be written on or removed from the testing room.


Math Testing

  • To be eligible to participate in any competition, a student must be enrolled in the course or have completed the course during the current school year.
  • Tests will be multiple choice format with the exception of tie-breaker questions.
  • Use of calculators which do not contain a subset of a computer algebra system (CAS) will be permitted (The TI-82, TI-83, TI-83+, TI-85, and TI-86 are permitted; the TI-89 and TI-92 are NOT permitted.) Calculator sharing is not allowed.
  • The length of each test will be one hour (including instructions).
  • Students may keep their test so they may write on the test for calculations.
  • A complete set of tests and answer keys will be provided to the sponsor at no charge.
  • First, second, and third place winners will be invited to participate in the state contest.
  • Students must attempt the tie-breakers to be considered for first, second, and third place.
  • Students who do not attempt tie-breaker questions will be eliminated from consideration for first, second, and third place.
  • Tie-breaker questions will be graded only in the event of ties for the top three positions. The tie-breaker questions will be graded sequentially until ties are broken. Every effort will be made to break ties.
  • Scores will be mailed to the sponsor at no charge.


Individual Awards

  • First, second, and third place winners of all tests will be awarded trophies.




A full schedule of tours and non-test opportunities will be made available in February. The basic schedule is as follows:


8:45 a.m.

Registration Opens
Brown Chapel - Fine Arts Building

9:30 a.m.

Opening Announcements
Brown Chapel - Fine Arts Building

10 a.m.

ACTM Regional Mathematics Competition (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trig/PreCal, Calculus, Statistics)

11:15 a.m.

Lyon College Regional Science Competition I (Biology, Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science)

12:05 p.m.

Lyon College Regional Science Competition II (Chemistry, Physics)


Vouchers for Patterson Dining Hall provided by Lyon College

2:45 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
Brown Chapel - Fine Arts Building




  • Pre-registration must be completed by a school sponsor by February 22, 2019. Pre-registration is very important—it allows us to know the number of entrants in each area so that we can prepare the appropriate number of tests. We will only prepare enough tests for the number of students pre-registered, so we cannot accept additional students the day of the exams. Substitutions will be allowed if a pre-registered student cannot attend.
  • In the pre-registration form, a parent/guardian/legal representative of the student must acknowledge receipt of a media release and affirm if they will or will not sign the release. Media releases are available here. Signed media releases must be presented by or before registration. Releases may be emailed or faxed to Kristi Price. Media releases cannot be signed by minors. A media release is not required for a student to participate in Academic Day.
  • Math and science tests have individual registration forms.
  • The school sponsor must also submit a school registration form, which includes the total number of individual student registrations and payment due (the only cost is for printing test booklets). Download and print the registration form here.
  • School sponsors can send a registration form for each student to:

Kristi Price, Academic Day Regional Coordinator
Lyon College
2300 Highland Road
Batesville, AR  72501

OR, email to

Or, fax to (870)307-7496


Registration Form




Please answer the simple math question below to submit the form.
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