Sacred Heart students show off their skills
SALISBURY — This year, four Sacred Heart Catholic School students qualified for the National History Bee, an individual academic competition for middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics.
After qualifying for the Intramural Bee and the Online Exam, Joseph Chaney, Adam Habeeb, Charles Langlais and William Clark all traveled to Charlotte on Feb. 13 to participate in the Southeast Regional finals.
The competition is divided into three stages:
An optional Intramural Bee and a mandatory Online Regional Qualifying Exam; top students from the exam face each other in a buzzer competition coordinated by the National History Bee at one of 35 sites, called the regional finals; top finishers from the regional finals are eligible to advance to the national championships.
The championship will be June 1. In 2012, the National Championships were televised by The History Channel and the winner received a $50,000 scholarship.
The school is waiting to hear if any students make the final cut.
Sacred Heart eighth-grader Justin Boyd had the second highest score for the individual category in the recent MathCounts Chapter competition, beating about 200 participants from the different schools in the Central Piedmont Chapter.
This qualifies him for the state MathCounts competition at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham on May 15.
“It takes a few years to develop a competitive math team and lots of practice. … We have had some smart teams in the past … but this year’s team really has done well competitively,” said Sister Myra Caylan, middle school math teacher.
Boyd also received a trophy for placing third in the Countdown Round. It is a fast-paced, oral competition for top-scoring individuals where a pair “mathletes” compete against each other and the clock to solve a problem.
The Sacred Heart team included Boyd, William Clark, Daniel Yu, Johnson Huynh, Michael Childress, Adam Habeeb, Emilee Hibshman, Gemma Brown, Alex Antosek and Will Casmus. The team finished seventh overall.
MathCounts Competition consists of four, timed rounds.
Science fair winner
Sacred Heart seventh grader Zach Huddleston won second place in the Sacred Heart Science Fair and then proceeded to the Rowan-Salisbury Science & Engineering Fair at Horizons Unlimited.
He won first place in the junior chemistry division of the Rowan-Salisbury Science & Engineering Fair. His project also won Region 6A Project of Distinction in the junior chemistry division; it included a monetary award.
On Feb. 9, Zach received an award from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for Excellence in Biotechnology in the 2013 Southwest Regional 6A Science & Engineering Fair.
His project was titled “What Acid Makes More Casein Plastic?” His hypothesis was lemon juice will create more casein plastic than 7up, orange juice or white vinegar.