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Students at Clarkton and Tar Heel continue to bring home hardware

Elizabethtown, NC – Teams from across North Carolina annually take part in a rigorous academic competition, which hosts 23 events in the fields of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology known as Science Olympiad.

Clarkton School of Discovery’s JV and Varsity Science Olympiad teams competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition held at UNC-W on March 4th. This was CSD’s second year competing with Coach Jordan Raynor. In all, the Clarkton teams brought home 11 event medals. The varsity team placed in the top ten in 9 events, and the JV team placed in the top ten in 19 out of 23 events among teams from 25 other area schools.

The Tar Heel Middle School JV and Varsity Science Olympiad teams competed in the Fayetteville regional tournament on February 25 and once again the JV team brought home a second place trophy overall. In all, the Tar Heel teams brought home a total of 10 event medals. The varsity team placed in the top ten in 13 events, and finished eighth in the varsity division of teams from 14 other area schools. The JV team placed in the top ten in all 23 events among teams from six other area schools.

“This is my second year coaching the CSD Science Olympiad team and I’m so proud of how well our students competed” said Jordan Raynor, 6th grade math and science teacher and head coach of CSD’s Science Olympiad team. “I definitely couldn’t do all of this alone, we (CSD) have our Principal, Stephanie Norris, a Science Olympiad veteran, who’s been a great leader and mentor for myself and the students. We also have lots of parental and community support of which we are extremely grateful.”

“The entire staff of Tar Heel is so very proud of these students” said David Wimert, coach of the Tar Heel Science Olympiad team. “We proudly display the students trophies in the office for all to see.”

Varsity individual award winners from Clarkton School of Discovery are as follows: 3rd place Bottle Rocket- Garrett Melvin and Nick Norris; 3rd place Towers- Andrew Cahn and Nick Norris; 3rd place Wright Stuff- Garrett Melvin and Nick Norris; 6th place Road Scholar- Andrew Cahn and Jackson Bostic; 7th place Scrambler Car- Jackson Bostic and Jacob Priest.

Varsity team winners from Tar Heel Middle School are as follows: 3rd place Reach for the Stars – Atzel Salvador and Daniel Sanchez; 4th place Scrambler Car – Olivia Allen and Haleigh Fields; 5th place Towers – Alejandro Cruz Rodriquez and Edwin Flores; 5th place Write It Do It – Kaylee Page and Serenity Flakes.

Junior Varsity team winners from Clarkton School of Discovery are as follows: 1st place Mission Possible- Sophia Masaid and Skylar Suggs; 2nd place Disease Detectives- Hannah Davis and Natalie Spears; 2nd place Dynamic Planet- Connor Britt and Luke Barber; 2nd place Towers- Luke Barber and Sam Inscoe; 4th place Microbe Mission- Denitsa Dimova and Weslyn Hall; 4th place Wright Stuff- Emma Turbeville and Skylar Suggs.

Junior Varsity team winners from Tar Heel Middle School are as follows: 2nd place Disease Detectives – Cameron Page and Oswaldo Lopez; 1st place Ecology with the highest score of all junior varsity and varsity teams combined – Levi German and Serena Nwikina; 2nd place Food Science – Violet Allen and Kieria Lewis; 1st place Hovercraft – Alan Miranda and Alex Basilio; 2nd place Reach for the Stars – Alan Miranda and Alex Basilio; 2nd place Towers – Jose Cuc Reyes and Charlie Cruz Rodriquez.

“We have something special here in Bladen County,” Raynor added. “With so much emphasis now being placed on providing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) opportunities for today’s students to help them become competitive in this global world, we at Clarkton School of Discovery are way ahead of the curve. Not only are students understanding the content taught, they are taking that knowledge and applying it to practical situations. This is an outstanding group of students who demonstrated what they are capable of. We hope the best is yet to come.”

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