Student wins second in science contest

Published: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 12:00 a.m.
  • Blake Thompson, a seventh-grader at Ft. Clarke Middle School, has taken second place in the national Young Scientist Challenge, sponsored by the Discovery Channel.
    As the second-place winner, Blake, one of 40 finalists nationwide, will receive a $7,500 scholarship and will be featured on an upcoming Discovery Channel program.
    Blake is one of four finalists who developed their projects as sixth-graders. His project, "Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta), the Unbeatable," charts the long-term impact of chemical pesticides on fire ants.
    Eastside High freshman Sravya Keremane, also a finalist, won two awards - a scholarship to a one-week flight camp in Wisconsin and a weeklong trip to Yellowstone National Park.

    It's Bush for president

  • In a mock election that mirrors current national polls, Mebane Middle School students last week chose George W. Bush as president by a very, very slim margin.
    More than 500 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders voted in the election, which was hosted by the school's student government.
    The president was re-elected with 49.3 percent of the vote, while Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry took 48.9 percent of the vote, a difference of just two votes.
    Green Party candidate Ralph Nader got 1.6 percent of the Mebane votes, votes that could have changed the final results of the election had they gone to Kerry.
    The mock election was coordinated by Corey Mawby, teacher and student government sponsor and followed weeks of classroom discussions about current issues.

    Auction is Thursday

  • The Gainesville Wilderness Institute is sponsoring a silent auction to benefit the school.
    It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Gainesville Country Club. The guest speaker is Pat McMahon, the baseball coach at the University of Florida.
    The institute serves middle and high schoolers who have been adjudicated delinquent by the court system.

    TV production students sponsor concert

  • The TV production department at Gainesville High School will be hosting a benefit concert.
    It will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Atlantic Night Club, 15 N. Main St. The cost is $5 at the door.
    Bands playing include 3rd Definition, Cara del Gato, After Ashland, Crashpad, The Monistats, The Know How, The Body Electric, No More and Farewell Ana Thema.
    For more information, call 372-1288. ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE

    Playground equipment being installed

  • Parents and staff will come together Saturday to install new playground equipment at the charter school.
    With the help of Brenda and Rodney Brown, members of the school's Parent Teacher Organization, an entire wooden playground, complete with swings, wooden forts and more, was donated.
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