CHS students join the NC Science Olympiad for first time
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North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina.

The CHS Science Department, headed teacher Alvin Antonio, and with the support of Dr. Steven Miller, CHS principal and Lenora Locklear, K-12 director of curriculum and instruction for Clinton City Schools, decided to join the 2014 NC Science Olympiad and to give students an opportunity to show their maximum potential and abilities in the field of science.

Antonio says, “It’s about time to give our students a chance to show off their scientific skills and ability to apply what they have learned in their science class.”

They did just that Saturdsay, March 15 when students competed in the North Carolina Science Olympiad Regional Division at Lenoir Community College in Kinston.

It’s the first time that CHS join NC Science Olympiad. There were 10 students in the team — Vinalyn Antonio, Tristan Carver, Ana Jaramillo, Christian Noland, Skyler Ray, Aaron Viser, Tyler Jania, Connor Bass, Rachel Grimes, and Lauryn Worley.

For three months, the team prepared and practiced for their assigned events, putting so much hard work, pressure and extra time into their busy schedules, the science teacher said.

“This is a learning year for us and it’s not all about getting medals, but it’s about doing your personal best and enjoying the most it,” Antonio expressed before the competition.

In the competition, Clinton High School won 14 medals from the 21 events and placed fourth out of 17 teams that competed in the last NC Science Olympiad Regional Division. “It’ not bad as a first timer to join the NC Science Olympiad and come away with fourth place; I really owe it to the kids who gave their best to win every event that they competed in, and to the hard work that they exerted and for believing on themselves that they can make it,” the teacher asserted.

Antonio offered his thanks to the Clinton City Board of Education and the system’s administrative team for their support. He also offered gratitude to the parents for their support “all the way through the actual competition; to CHS technology teacher Vance Herring who, he said, helped the students in the building event and for sharing his expertise; to Miller for his support and for believing that no matter what happens the most important thing is that the students tried their best; to the science department at CHS, and Matthew Boyd and Cynthia Rovnak for giving their time in helping make this project possible.

CHS is looking forward, Antonio said to another Science Olympiad next year. “This time I realize that is not all about winning the competition but is all about team work, passion and believing what you can do to make it. A Dark Horse is always a Dark Horse.”



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