- Toshiba ExploraVision
- Junior Ambassador for the 26th Annual Asian Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC).
- Poetry Out Loud Competition
Local Students Earn Toshiba ExploraVision Honors
3rd grade students Kennedy Snell and Caleb Robinson, of Flippen Elementary, submitted the regional winning concept the StutterBuddy Watch. Their device would enable those who stutter, to speak into the watch, which would relay what was originally said with clarity and fluency.
Honorable mention projects included the LabLav Medical Toilet, Body Data Chip, and Night Brush. Representing Eagle’s Landing High, Eagle’s Landing middle, Flippen, Wesley Lakes Elementary, and Strong Rock Christian School.
Snell and Robinson now move on to the national competition for a chance at a $10,000 savings bond. Their regional win earned the school a Toshiba laptop, and each team member and coaches earned camcorders, certificates, and a banner.
Also receiving awards were Dr. Cara Jacksonas as Regional Mentor and Lisa Henriquez as Regional Coach.
ExploraVision is a science competition that goes into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Students work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. They pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles.
Junior Ambassador to APCC
Evan Jackson, a fifth grade student at Flippen Elementary, will represent the state of Georgia at the 26th Annual Asian Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). Held in Fukuoka, Japan. The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) sponsors the program.
Jackson is the second student from Flippen to be selected for this event.
Four elementary students and one chaperone from Georgia will travel to Fukuoka, Japan, for a two-week visit and cultural exchange program. Where they will engage in activities and interactions with international peers focusing on APCC’s conference objectives:
- Generating appreciation for the culture of other nations;
- Promoting mutual understanding and friendship; and
- Nurturing international awareness in the region through young people.
Adesola Thomas Represents District at Poetry Out Loud Competition
Adesola is a sophomore at Luella High School, who finished in the top five of 11 competitors. According to Georgia’s Poetry Out Loud contest director Emily Reece, over 12,000 students in the state participated in the contest this year.
“Adesola has been working for months,” said Lisa Boyd, Thomas’ teacher and sponsor. “We worked together for several hours each week for over a month on honing her performance.”
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students. Where they delve deeper into poetry, build public speaking skills, self-confidence, and discover an opportunity to learn about literary heritage.