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Students present science olympiad and fundraisers

SPRINGVILLE — An event presentation kicked off the Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education meeting held on March 12.

Several Springville Middle School seventh and eighth grade students delivered visual presentations about recent field trips.

The months of preparation by teams of the second science olympiads, including kids in sixth – ninth grades, were recognized.

Each team selected 20 out of 25 competitive events, such as engineering and technology, in which to compete for the highest overall score. In 2012, the first year of the events, teams adopted only five events.

The best two teams will advance to the state finals.

Middle school students held open tryouts, where initial interest totaled approximately 48 students. The students stayed after school, to develop tryouts, toward the end of the year.

Two sixth grade SMS students advanced to the science olympiad, in the egg drop.

Several middle school students recently took the initiative to raise relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, through the American Red Cross Foundation. The students collected $600.

During a recent “day of silence” program, students agreed to not use their cell phones or other electronic devices, including texting and email, and to not speak, for a 24-hour period.

The students said that, by their “symbolic protest, they were giving up their voices, so the children of Syria could have a voice.” The program, named “Sleepover at Syria,” raised $1,200.

S-GI student Isobel Hooker was invited to speak at a press conference at the Kennedy Center, located in Albany, N.Y. The various topics discussed included many human rights issues.

Members of the middle school class expressed thanks to the many people who supported their efforts, including the middle school teaching staff, social studies teacher Drew Beiter, eighth grade teacher Kristin Hughey, Springville Elementary School Principal Marcole Feuz and to Springville-Griffith Institute District Superintendent Paul Connelly.

An upcoming book drive, which students said has been successful, in years past, is being planned.

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