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2 PdMS Odyssey of the Mind Teams Compete at World Finals in Iowa
Last week 2 Piedmont Middle OM teams competed at World Finals in Ames, Iowa. Each team of 7 students had prepared for the big competition over the course of 7 months. To reach World Finals, each team had to place 1st or 2nd in their problem at the regional level and then state level. The Driver's Test team placed 1st at both State and Regional competitions. The It's How We Rule team placed 2nd at the regional competition and 1st at the State competition.
8th Grade Students Debate to Determine “The Most Courageous American”
Students in Mr. Weaver’s and Mr. Briggs’ 8th grade Social Studies classes just completed a week-long debate tournament to crown “The Most Courageous American.” In each class students were randomly assigned one or two Americans who showed courage in their deeds. They prepared short arguments to defend their American’s courageous actions. The students then participated in a bracket-style tournament, where the class voted each round on who had the best argument and showed the most courage. Eventually, from a field of 32 entrants, one winner was crowned and offered their choice of generous prizes from sponsors Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s. Not only did the classes enjoy learning more about these Americans, they enjoyed the opportunity to show their debate abilities in front of their classmates. Mr. Weaver's class winners were Caitlyn Starnes (1st-Rosa Parks), Natalie Austin (4th- Paul Tibbets), Halie Belanger (5th- Harriet Tubman) and Britney Ahuna (6th- Sacagawea). Mr. Briggs' class winners were Kirsten Baucom (1st - Patrick Henry), Madeline Carico (4th - Jackie Robinson), Lexi Daniels (5th - Harriet Tubman), and Karis Haigler (6th - Martin Luther King Jr.).Full Story