Poets of all stripes shared original work during lunch at the standing-room only event organized by Frank Kuo. Thanks to Mr. Jester for hosting and inspiration!
The college prep process comes to a head on May 1 each year--the date by which enrollment decisions and tuition deposits are due across the country. The class of 2016 will attend 16 different four-year colleges, three community colleges, study abroad in Morocco and Ecuador, and make plans for the future.
From John Perschy:
Congratulations to our team members who brought home medals from the NC Science Olympiad State Tournament on Saturday.
Our Division B winners competed against around 50 teams from across the state in their events. Patrick Deegan and Elena Ising won 2nd Place for Disease Detectives and Peter Ising with Daniel Unah won 3rd Place for Air Trajectory.
Our Division C winners competed against around 50 teams from across the state in their events. James Crace and Marley Cornette-Cook took 10th Place for Wright Stuff, while Daniel Haydak and Henry Lindbo took 8th Place in GeoLogic Mapping. Daniel Haydak and Henry Lindbo also placed 1st in the state for Amazing Mechatronics. Caroline Blythe and Olivia Osborne placed 1st in the state for Invasive Species.
Daniel, Henry, Caroline and Olivia will also receive a $2500 scholarship to NC State for their 1st place achievements.
Our C team also took home the Spirit Award for exhibiting the Spirit of the Science Olympiad and the qualities it encompasses. They handed out thank-you cards provided by Linda Hayduk to the competition staff and were helpful and encouraging to other competitors.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication of volunteers who coached and administered this event. Congratulations and our appreciation to the parents who took on the challenge of encouraging and coaching of these teams of young scientists. Special thanks to Amy Dowden and David Lindbo for putting these awesome Woods Teams together and coaching some of them as well.
On Thursday, April 14th, the Student Council brought the high school together to participate in the Special Olympics’ “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, where students learned about and discussed the harmful stigma perpetuated by the "r-word" as well as how we can make our community more inclusive and accepting. Given the size and nature of Woods, we want to be sure that our community is not isolated from real-world issues and is constantly focusing on ways to improve, as communities are always a work in progress. We were visited by two Special Olympians, Romas and Kristine, who spoke to us and then participated in the grade-level discussions.. We ended the day by breaking out into groups of fours and fives and collaborating to make posters of a world in which the problems we discussed did not exist. Through creativity, students were able to express what they learned and make the learning experience more memorable. All in all, it was a great day for students to learn about themselves, their classmates, the world around them, and about getting involved with the great organization that is the Special Olympics.
Images thanks to Gene Galin and others! Thanks for sharing.
The "What is Feminism?" enrichment compiled a short video of student/faculty interviews. The film showcases the many bright, insightful, articulate members of our high school and middle school communities. Creds to Rachel Finkelstein and her group of students!
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