Students will be guests at the White House Science Fair for their achievement in mathematics
Four Ron Clark Academy (RCA) scholars have been invited to the White House as honored guests at the White House Science Fair on March 23, 2015, at 11:55AM EST for their outstanding achievements in mathematics. Matthew Meadows, Terrell Prince, Garrett Minor, and Erick Patterson were the 2014 winners of the MATHCOUNTS Video Challenge, an innovative program involving teams of students using cutting-edge technology to create videos about math problems and their associated concepts.
The MATHCOUNTS competition involved several rounds of judging, and last spring the boys and their teacher, Dr. Camille Jones, were honored in Orlando with the national title. Each student also received a $1,000 scholarship.
As guests at the White House Science Fair on Monday, the RCA scholars will also interact with other outstanding students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions. The event will be live streaming at www.whitehouse.gov/science-fair and will feature innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America.
“Now RCA alumni and freshmen in high school, the boys are proud to come together to represent their former middle school during this prestigious event,” shared Kim Bearden, RCA cofounder and executive director. “These fine young men exemplify the ideals of the Ron Clark Academy. They are academically driven while also spreading their enthusiasm and joy for learning with others. We are so very proud of them.”
The boys learned about the MATHCOUNTS video challenge from their 8th grade mathematics teacher at the Academy, Dr. Camille Jones, a Columbia graduate and nationally board certified teacher. “We are so grateful to MATHCOUNTS and to the White House for extending this invitation to us,” shared Jones. “We fully understand the magnitude of this opportunity, and I am so proud of these young men for their outstanding commitment to academic excellence.”
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About the Ron Clark Academy
The Ron Clark Academy is a highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school in Atlanta that promotes innovation and engages its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code of discipline. The Academy seeks to extend its reach beyond its student body by having an impact upon students everywhere. RCA is a demonstration school – a place where visiting educators engage in a vibrant professional development experience by observing best practices in action before participating in hands-on workshops. In the past eight years, more than 27,000 superintendents, district level administrators, and teachers from 42 states and 22 countries have participated in the RCA Experience to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promotes success.
If you would like more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kim Bearden, RCA cofounder and executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org.