News from Colchester schools

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Colchester - posted Tue., Jun. 4, 2013
Bacon Academy valedictorian Megan Ganley (l) and salutatorian Shannon Ganley. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Bacon Academy announces Class of 2013 valedictorian, salutatorian and Gilbert Lamb essayist
Bacon Academy is honored to announce the valedictorian, salutatorian and Lamb essayist for the Class of 2013. Megan Ganley was named valedictorian; Shannon Ganley was named salutatorian; and Zachary Grinfeld was named Gilbert Lamb essayist (the topic was “Appreciation of Our Own”). Colchester schools commend these exceptional students on their outstanding achievements!

Bacon students excel at Geography Challenge
On May 21, the student geography team from Bacon Academy competed in the 22nd Annual Connecticut High School Geography Challenge held at UConn. The team placed second with activities that included orienteering, map-reading, problem-solving and a trivia bowl.

WJJMS’ eighth-graders help clean up the community
Members of the Zeta Mu team at WJJMS celebrated Earth Day on May 17 by helping to clean up the neighborhood.  Team members left the WJJMS grounds and walked around the area picking up garbage and debris. Other team members stayed at WJJMS and helped to clean up existing gardens and planted flowers around the front entrance and around the memorial trees. 

Bacon places in 2013 TEAMS Engineering Competition
Recently, students from Bacon Academy were recognized for their achievement in the Technology Student Association’s 2013 TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Engineering Competition.  Placing eighth out of 40 teams in Junior Varsity National Division 5, this team of students solved complex mathematical problems and provided answers to cyber security questions related to this year’s competition theme: “Engineering a Secure Cyberspace.” 

Teams of four to eight high school students annually prepare beginning in the fall for the one-day National TEAMS competition. Preparation includes extensive theme-related research as well as mathematical problem solving.  This year’s JV team from Bacon Academy consisted of the following students:  Matt Lund, Jeff Noonan, Mitchell Hallee, Alex Levine, Alyssa Kranc, Danny Barrack, Colin Hiscox and Paul Marrotte.

More than 1,000 teams of middle and high school students participated in the TEAMS 2013 competition from across the nation. These students have a strong interest in engineering, and most plan to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career. Top teams at the state and division level have shown exceptional aptitude in engineering and problem-solving.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

TEAMS is designed to encourage more students to pursue engineering by having them learn and experience how engineering impacts everyday life and how engineers help solve social and community problems.

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