BCS Academic News
Bethesda Christian School earned first place in the Academic division of the TAPPS 2A Academic and Speech State Championship for its second consecutive year, finishing second overall in a field that included students from 21 2A schools. The meet was held April 4-5 at the Waco Convention Center.
Among individual students, Sarah Wolff won first place in Ready Writing, as did Landry Harmon in Current Events and Issues. Mack Cleveland earned first place in Science as well as first place in the Chemistry division, while Ansun Sujoe captured the top spot in three different categories: Number Sense, Calculator, and Math.
Finishing as the runner-up in their respective categories were Sarah Wolff in Literary Criticism, Mack Cleveland in Social Studies, Ansun Sujoe in Spelling, and Grace Harmon in Solo Acting. Bryce Allen placed third in Poetry Interpretation, while Rachel Lovell took third in Literary Criticism.
In addition to his other awards, Ansun Sujoe also received—for the second consecutive year—an award for scoring more points than any other student competing at the 2A level.
Other BCS students who earned ribbons for their performances at the competition included:
Ben Davis—fourth place, Number Sense
Spencer Doyle—fourth place in Calculator, sixth place in Science
Renee Ellis – seventh place, Prose Interpretation
Camden Groves—fourth place, Math
Landry Harmon—fourth place in Ready Writing, fourth place in Persuasive Speaking
Madison Sanford—fourth place, Spanish
Caleb Shelter—seventh place, Current Events and Issues
Joshua Shetler—fifth place, Social Studies
Emilie Thompson—fourth place, Prose Interpretation
Kirk Williams—fourth place, Advanced Math
“This year’s TAPPS academic and speech team was a very strong group of students, as evidenced by their second-place overall finish and their first-place academic finish,” stated Kathy Norris, who along with Jennifer Powers serves as the team’s faculty co-sponsor. “We improved our speech performance from last year, and we have already started talking about changes we want to make for next year’s team. We are so proud to be associated with this group of students. They are a joy to work with, and we are blessed to be able to do so.”
The five-member Bethesda Christian School high school robotics team will compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship, to be held April 19-22 in Houston.
Bethesda’s FTC team, known as The Ambassadors, participated in March’s South Super-Regional Championship, its third time to qualify for the annual competition in four years. Bethesda’s scoring device was broken by another robot during the team’s second match, a major setback that severely impacted The Ambassadors for the remainder of the meet. Although the team’s score did not allow BCS to qualify for the 2017 World Championship, The Ambassadors received an invitation to participate after winning a special drawing conducted by FIRST officials.
Robotics faculty sponsor Una Davis stated that competing in the FTC World Championship is an incredible opportunity for the students. “They will get a second chance to compete with their robot, meet and work with teams from Asia, South and Central America, and west and south regions of America, attend workshops conducted by professionals and other veteran teams, and be inspired by speakers who have invested money and energy in the next generation," she added.
Members of The Ambassadors robotics team are Noah Brown, Ben Davis, Mark Eagan, Rachel Gruenbaum and Brandon Watanabe.
The FTC World Championship is just one of several major FIRST robotics events that will be conducted concurrently under the FIRST Championship umbrella. Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center will be the site of four robotics competitions—the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, the FIRST LEGO League World Festival, the FIRST LEGO League Junior World Festival Expo, and the FTC World Championship—as well as the FIRST Championship Conference. In addition to the Houston site, a FIRST Championship is also being conducted April 26-29 in St. Louis. A combined total of over 18,000 attendees representing over 50 nations will participate in the two events.
Established in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest in science and technology, FIRST is the oldest and largest student robotics program in the world.