Hello WAAS Families!

We have so much to celebrate at WAAS.  In addition to excelling in a challenging and rigorous curriculum, our students are excelling in their academic opportunities and extra curricular activities. We are so proud of them and their accomplishments!
Part of the learning process is celebrating achievement and success.  Tomorrow, we will celebrate! The Kona Ice truck will come during Guided Study, and students may purchase an item to enjoy.  Also, we are encouraging all students to wear blue to support our students’ successes!
Yesterday at NCSU, our Science Olympiad Team  came in Fourth Place  in the highly competitive NC Science Olympiad State Competition.  This is their second consecutive year to place fourth in the state. The team  improved their score last year (310) by almost 80 points to 234.  They were a mere 11 points away from 3rd Place. Parents, teachers and community leaders volunteered to coach  our students for these events.
Competing with 50 middle schools from across North Carolina,  WAAS‘ SO team placed in the top 10 in 15 out of 24 events. (These middle schools  qualified in their regions  to advance to the state competition.)
WAAS students (earning 1st in the state) are:
Bottle Rockets (Farhan Sanukri & Hannah Schlabach)
Scrambler (Kyler Malone & Hannah Schlabach)
Write It, Do It (Emma Johnson & Hannah Schlabach)
Hannah Schlabach came in first place in all of her events!

Others to place in the top ten are:

3rd Place – Mission Possible (David Link & Mason Evans)
3rd Place – Towers (Emma Johnson, Anna Patsalos & Yates Kirby)
5th Place – Rocks & Minerals (Anna Patsalos & Ian Condon)
5th Place – Experimental Design (Kyler Malone, Emma Johnson & Sahil Patel)
5th Place – Food Science (Varun Varajaradan & Sahil Patel)
5th Place – Invasive Species (Anna Patsalos & Ian Condon)
6th Place – Duct Tape Challenge (Anna Patsalos & Keira Braithwaite)
7th Place – Wright Stuff (David Link & Emma Johnson)
8th Place – Fast Facts (Yates Kirby & Charlie Flynt)
8th Place – Wind Power (Yates Kirby & Anders Olsen)
9th Place – Hovercraft (Will Golder & Leah Schraff)
10th Place – Microbe Mission (Farhan Sanukri & Charlie Flynt)The consistent high scores across the board in all events contributed to the overall team score and earning 4th Place. It was a team effort of which all team members and coaches contributed.

Our newly created 4th/5th grade Science Olympiad Team will compete this Saturday, April 29 with 19 local public elementary schools.  The team and coaches have worked hard, and we are confident they will do well. 
 Listed below are our individual students who have also been recognized  in other areas as state winners:
 Young Authors Writing Contest State Winners  (Emma Johnson and Avery Braithwaite)
 First Place NC Bar Essay Contest (Aiden Pomeroy)
Listed below are individual students who have been recognized by district areas:
 Soil and Water Conservation  Speech Contests (Ian Peplow) Ian will compete in the state wide speech contest on May 5.
 Math Competition (Jacksonville, NC) (Sebastian Zagler, Varun Varajaradan, Mason Evans and Charlie Flynt)  They will participate in the state math competition on May 4 in Raleigh.
Incidentally,  at that very same Math competition in Jacksonville, guess who was recognized as the Math 2 Coach of the Year??  Our own Mr. Simon!
Not only do our individual students excel in academics, but they are stars/leaders on the field or stage and within the community… dancing, swimming, fencing, sports, music, scouts, acting, art, crafts, martial arts, volunteering, horseback riding, etc.   We are proud of you!
                                              CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!