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Science Fair Projects

Michele Halley, the director of professional development and academic innovation, provided school board members with an update on student involvement in the Southeastern Regional Science and Engineering Fair, during the monthly board meeting.

Of the 122 elementary and secondary science projects presented by 143 students, 12 elementary projects and eight secondary projects were selected to advance to the Southeastern Regional Science and Engineering Fair held Feb. 8, at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Of those, six won awards and two also received invitations to the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair that will be held on March 28-29, at Meredith College in Raleigh.

Halley recognized the following students who received the following awards:

Women in Science

Jasmine Toudle, fifth grade, Southwest Elementary; her teacher, Paul Starling and principal, Gail Normanly

Erin Frisch, fourth grade, Morton Elementary, her teacher, Loretta Pfister and principal, Allene Batchelor

Brianne Ryann, fifth grade, Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet, her teacher, Jenny Walsh and principal, Lori Howard


Elementary Exemplary Award

Riley Stone, fifth grade, Richlands Elementary, her teacher Michelle Carroway and principal, Leanne Ervin

Third Place Junior Chemistry

Austin Jarman, sixth grade, Northwoods Park Middle School, hio=s teacher Daniela Ronan, and principal, Dennie Fidalgo

Second Place Junior Biology A

Julia Charters, seventh grade, Southwest Middle School, her teacher, Lisa Brown, and principal, Steve Clarke

Riley Stone and Julia Charters will move on to compete in the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair.



Following Onslow County Schools’ districtwide MathCounts competition Feb. 7, seven of the district’s middle schools went on to compete at PENC Southeaster Regional MathCounts Competition held Feb. 15, at North Cape Fear Community College.

Michele Halley, the director of professional development and academic innovation, recognized Emily Sandling, an eighth grader at Southwest Middle School, who after taking first place in the districtwide competition, went on to earn fourth place overall at the Southeastern Regional MathCounts Competition.

Sandling will now move on to compete in the State MathCounts Competition which will be held March 14, at the N.C. School of Science and Math in Durham.


Third Grade Multiplication Bee

Michele Halley, the director of professional development and academic innovation, recognized the winners of the first districtwide Third Grade Multiplication Bee, held Feb. 27, at Parkwood Elementary School.

Twelve elementary schools competed in the bee where students progressed through rounds of multiplication problems that began with single digit x single digit multiplication problems and progressed to triple digit x triple digit problems. Each student was the first place winner from multiplication bees held www at their respective schools.

Angel Orozco, from Richlands Elementary, earned the first place trophy and Austin Thorpe, from Sand Ridge Elementary, garnered a second place trophy.

Prior to the start of the bee, students received a medal and certificate in recognition of their hard work and accomplishment at their respective school bees.

The concept for the bee arose when innovative strategies were being developed in an effort to keep students engaged and provide a little fun along the way as they studied multiplication tables, said Halley.

Halley said students well exceeded the expectations the challenge presented.

Here is the list of students/elementary schools participating:

David Palmer/Clyde Erwin

Aaron Mann/Dixo

Benjamin Young/Hunters Creek

Jeremiah Upshaw/Jacksonville Commons

Kaylie Hebb/Meadow View

Isaiah Sudlow/Northwoods

Aricka Grant/Parkwood

Tara Lepore/Queens Creek

Angel Orozco/Richlands Elementary – first place

Austin Thorpe/Sand Ridge –second place

Austin Waters/Silverdale

Eliana Arnold/Stateside


Dixon Elementary Recycling Competition

Board members congratulated Beth Howard and Principal Peggy Kelley for Dixon Elementary School being selected by Keep America Beautiful as the North Carolina winner of “Recycle-Bowl”, a comprehensive, nationwide recycling completion for elementary, middle and high school students.

Kelley and Howard, an art teacher and the recycling coordinator at Dixon Elementary, and the students’ accomplishments earned the school $1,000 in prize money for collecting the most recycling material per capita.

From Oct. 15, through Nov. 15, Dixon students recycled over 12 pounds of waste per child. That amounts to 2.47 tons or 11,501 pounds of recyclable materials.

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