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Leland, NC – Four local charter schools competed in a high intensity, academic, “Race of Champions” recently at Lake Waccamaw. Seventy students from Charter Day School, Columbus Charter School, Douglass Academy and South Brunswick Charter School participated. The event was held by The Roger Bacon Academy as the culmination of its yearly FASTAR (Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading) competitions. Each school hosted an intra-school FASTAR event from which their best competitors advanced to the Race of Champions. Columbus Charter School won the competition for its third Race of Champions title – more than any other school.

Shree Bhagailia, a fifth grader from Columbus Charter School and fastest in her age group commented, “it is really just a lot of fun! I enjoy competing with other people. I also like that you can test yourself to see how fast you can read and write math facts.”

Yanisa Keck, a fifth grader at Charter Day School and recipient of a special “Champion Racer” award for finishing first in her grade six years straight at her school, stated, “I’m so glad to have participated in FASTAR and thankful for this special experience.” Yanisa’s parents, Marty and Sunan Keck, further explained, “We are extremely proud of her, not just for this event but for everything she has accomplished since kindergarten. We admire her work ethic and determination to always do her best at everything she sets her mind to.”

Laurie Benton, the Assistant Headmaster at Columbus Charter School exclaimed on her school’s victory, “I am so proud of our students! They worked so hard on their reading fluency and math. Way to go on this super achievement CCS FASTAR racers!” She also stated, “I want to thank David Passmore and Flemington Academy under the direction of Dr. Tom Simmons for allowing us to host this amazing event in their wonderful gym!” The FASTAR Race of Champions trophy will be housed at Columbus Charter School until next year’s competition.

The Roger Bacon Academy is a North Carolina management organization providing tuition-free charter schools with educational, administrative, and operational support. Since 2000, it has provided a signature educational program that combines the proven Direct Instruction teaching method with a robust classical curriculum – a combination which consistently produces best-in-county academic performance by client schools. RBA’s client schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. All schools are tuition-free and welcome any student regardless of income, ability, or address. Parents or prospective teachers are invited to visit EnrollRBA.com or TeachRBA.com for more information.