Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Science Olympiad Success

Erin Ringrose, our 7th/8th Grade Science Teacher took a group of our middle schoolers to the regional Science Olympiad competition this past weekend. The students have been preparing every Monday afternoon since the start of the school. She reports on their day below: 

We had a wonderful day at the Science Olympiad regional competition yesterday.  The event was held at UNC-G and the weather couldn't have been better - unlike today.  I took a team of ten kids to compete in 19 of the 23 events, and they were awesome.  First and foremost, they conducted themselves with maturity and enthusiasm, just as we expect all Canterbury students to do at all times.  Second, they placed and received medals in FIVE events!

Brad B. and Caroline C. placed 2nd in Forestry
Laura S. and Nithin G. placed 1st in Mousetrap Vehicle (with an assist in building from Brad B.)
Brad B. and Carolina C. placed 3rd in Road Scholar
Brad B. and Nithin G. placed 2nd in Water Quality
Claire C. and Sarah B. placed 3rd in Write It Do It

In addition to our wonderful successes, Joe G. and Kevin B. were interviewed by a News 14 Carolina reporter and the segment was aired last night and posted on the web

Canterbury Students on News 14 Carolina

I am so very proud of these Canterbury students for their hard work, dedication, and positive attitude.  During the competition, McGill C. was talking with a friend of hers who attends the Academy at Lincoln and discovered that the Lincoln team had forgotten to bring a vital piece of equipment for one of the events.  McGill immediately asked me if we could lend her one of ours.  She said, "It's ok, Kevin and I can share the other one."  McGill also noticed a hole in the event schedule where we did not have a student to compete in an event.  She asked to see the rules and decided to go and try the event on about an hour's notice!  Several other students went along to events as moral support even though they had not prepared for that event.  Hats off to them for being brave and trying things to help the team!

We also had many wonderful parents who stayed and helped at vital moments throughout the day - many thanks to Don and Leean Simon, Bob and Mary Buccini, Laura Burton, Libby Brewington, Suja Ganji, and Julie Gesell. 

I'm attaching a picture of our tired but victorious team.  Please congratulate these students on a job well done!

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