Woods' Envirothon teams competed at the Regional Competition, with another great showing overall for our high schoolers, who will move on to State Tournament in April.
The 1st Place High School Team - PhiloSlothicals (Tesia Bobrowski, Caroline Blythe, Rachel Deininger, Mattison Francis, and Henry Lindbo) - scored 460 out of 500 points with 3 top scores in Current Environmental Issues, Forestry and Soils and 2 second places in Aquatics and Wildlife. The 4th place High School team – The Cecils Sitting by the Seashore (Eli Day, Daniel Falkovic, Levi Horil, Colin Ward, and Conor Ward) scored a 420 (10 points behind the 2nd place team) with 2nd places in Aquatics, Current Environmental Issues and Forestry. And our 7th place winners, Turnover Turtles (Maggie Johnston, Sarah Falkovic, Sean Nadasky, Olivia Osborne, April Sharp, and Melina Spencer) were only 15 points behind the 4th place team (405 total points) with 3rd place finishes in Aquatics, Current Environmental Issues, and Wildlife).
This marks the 7th year in a row that Woods Teams have competed in the regional competition and have walked away with a least 1st place overall finish. Impressive indeed!
On Saturday 3/19/15 the Woods Charter Division B (Middle School) and C (High School) Science Olympiad Teams competed at Campbell University in our Regional Tournament against 30 other teams. Congratulations to both our teams, they earned the honor to compete in the State Competition on April
23rd in Raleigh.
Our C Division team (High School) placed in the top 6 in 11 out of 25 events garnering them an overall 5th place finish. We returned this year with 1st place awards by Caroline Blythe & Olivia Osborne for Dynamic Planet and Invasive Species; Dan Hayduk & Sean Nadasky, for Green Generation; and James Crace & Marley Cornett-Cook for Wright Stuff. If they (or any team member) wins 1st place at State they will be eligible for a $2500 Scholarship to attend NC State University as many of their Woods alumni have earned and used.
Terrific job, everyone!
Special credit to all the parents and teachers who have helped, especially David Lindbo, Amy Dowden, and John Perschy.
Congratulations to the FBLA teams for excellent performance at the State competition! Three of our teams qualified for National competition in June, including Ben, Mahesh, and Kurt (Graphic Design), Dashiell, Alexander and Noah (Sports and Entertainment Marketing), and Sean and Victoria (Entrepreneurship). Good work, FBLA!
Congratulations to Anjali Gupta, a tenth grade student, who was selected by interview from a competitive applicant pool to participate in the North Carolina Collaborative Research Experience program at Duke University. The program pairs students and science faculty in the Duke Center for Clinical Research for an 8 week summer research experience focused on pharmaco-epidemiological research methodology and writing skills. Participants will develop an original hypothesis with the goal of qualifying for co-authorship on a peer-reviewed manuscript related to their project.
Congratulations to Renee Brozowski, awardee of the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship from Queens University of Charlotte.
To mark International Women's Day, the WCS chapter of Girls Learn International hosted a film screening of the prize-winning 2015 documentary He Named Me Malala for grades 6-12. Following the film, GLI members joined advisory groups for discussion. Key elements of the student conversations included the importance of education, gender equality, and the power of girls and women.
Ten students spent a week in Guatemala building two houses for families in the town of El Tejar. The new homes provide upgrades like solid walls, a cement floor, a glass window and a door that locks. Working with the non-profit organization From Houses to Homes, Woods groups have contributed to ten houses as of 2016.
The group also took in some cultural and geographical highlights like the market at Chichicastenango and Mayan ruins at Iximche. Check out the daily blog for more details at wcsguatemala.weebly.com.
The Woods Charter Brain Club was awarded a $1000 grant from our regional Society for Neuroscience chapter to purchase experimental supplies, invite speakers, or go on field trips this year. Our students have been asked to consider setting up a booth at Brain Awareness Week, coinciding with NC DNA Day to teach other elementary and middle school students about brain science. We have 17 participating students, including students from every grade 8-12. We would especially like to thank Deirdre Sackett and colleagues from the UNC FUSE organization, who have been organizing lessons for our Monday night meetings and who helped us to secure a grant for the club. Our club is the first of its kind in our region and the goal is to challenge other schools to start clubs as well and join us next year in a local Brain Bee competition, sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience.
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