Board recognizes students’ efforts

Students recognized for their winning efforts in HOSA regional competition.

Students recognized for their winning efforts in HOSA regional competition.

FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth school board recognized several students for individual and group accomplishments at its meeting last week.

Those include state wrestling, the county spelling bee, and science and health competitions. Students were individually recognized and asked to comment on their achievements.

Teacher Kim Confer said 18 of 20 students she took to the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) regional competition in January qualified to participate in the state competition next month.

They are Rachel Ellis, Zeinab Hachem and Kristina Dik, members of the HOSA Bowl Team who took second place; Yeonjung Park, Ammar Mohamed, Shereen Baig and Mishaal Khan, second place in the Public Service Announcement category; Christina Berry, second place in Medical Assisting; Galal Galal, first place in Concepts of Health Care Test; Gabriel Dicks, Ashleigh King and Whitney Reynolds, first place on the Creative Problem Solving Team; and Brandon Jackson and Sheridan Cox, second place on the Emergency Preparedness Team.

Also recognized were two teams of students selected as 2012 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Honorable Mention Winners.

The teams consisted of 9th graders from Julie Lawrence’s Accelerated Biology class. Team “Klips S1” members were Sara Tilley, Chloe Koegel, Tyler Pangerl and Vladislav Li. Their project was a futuristic car with numerous auto pilot sensors and roadway features designed to keep the driver and passengers safe.

Asked if it actually ran, one of the students said it was a work in progress.

Team “CMCM” members were Chelsea Miller, Melody Bamford, Jacquelynn Gillie and Christian Jones. Their project was designed to prevent long waits in hospital emergency rooms. Their machine completes a diagnostic test of a patient in a few min- utes and thereby speeds up necessary treatment.

ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages students to simulate real research and development, study a technology and plan what it might be 20 years from now. Teams explore what is necessary to make their visions a reality.

The board also recognized spelling bee winners Rani Richardson, who placed first in the 10th grade contest and second in 9- 12 contest; and Joel McCallister, who placed third in the 11th grade competition.

Superintendent Bill Haley commented to Richardson that hers was the highest finish for a C-A student that he can recall. Richardson is the daughter of school board member Recco Richardson.

The board also heard from Jacob Weissend, who won the state wrestling championship in the 145-pound weight class. Jacob and his dad and coach Tom Weissend talked about his comeback from being injured by a an opponent who was disqualified in the state finals last year.

Jacob began wrestling at age five and becoming a state champion has always been his goal, his father said.

Jacob said he plans to continue wrestling in college and is now looking at schools.

On a lighter note, board trustee Don Conway told Jacob that he also wrestled in the 145-pound weight class before he graduated from Carman 34 years ago.

“Don’t let this happen to you,’’ Conway joked, pointing to his paunch and evoking friendly laughter.

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