Class Acts – April 2018

MathCOUNTS—It Really Does!

These Howard Middle School students captured the top honor in this year’s MathCOUNTS competition, an annual event pitting 10 middle school teams against each other to get the most math questions correct in a given time span. This year’s champs include Aneesh Gogineni, Rushi Patel, Lillian Smith, Vivek Sandrapaty and James Kearin. Championship teams are no surprise to Coach Pamela Earnest, who’s led the school’s MathCOUNTS teams for the last 12 years.

Shortcakes For Strawberries

Culinary Arts students at Osceola Middle recently baked 100 shortcakes—but not for themselves. Instead, the project benefitted Habitat for Humanity’s Strawberry Festival. Belleview Middle students also baked another 100 shortcakes, and high school Culinary Arts programs added another 700. The cakes were ready just in time for pickup prior to the Festival.

Making History With History

They packed the school board room and barely fit into this picture! These are just some of the winners from the inaugural Marion County History Fair, which showcased hundreds of projects from middle and high school students. Projects had to use the “Conflict and Compromise” theme throughout their entries. Community volunteers judged the projects, and now those capturing top honors head to the state competition in early May.

Field Day For Real

Almost 300 students representing 10 elementary schools qualified to compete against each other at the Elementary Field Day at Forest High School recently. The 11 events provided students competing opportunities for shotput, discus, distance running, long jumps, relay races and more. The event stressed accomplishment and sportsmanship among competitors, along with physical fitness.

North Marion Earns Perfect Score

When it comes to buckling up, no school does it better than North Marion High School. Recently, during a surprise survey visit, every student driver leaving property was wearing a seat belt. As a reward, Jimmy Collins (center), a local attorney with Ayres, Cluster, Curry, McCall & Collins, handed student representatives a $500 check for the school’s “Drive 4 Life” program. This is the second year in a row North Marion has captured the honor.

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