Class notes

Dec. 23, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

NCSSM teams competing for Emerging Issues Prize

Two teams of students from N.C. School of Science and Math beat out statewide competition and are in the running for a $5,000 prize based on their innovative idea for helping students.
The challenge for the Institute for Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation was sent out for students to develop a process, environment, or tool to increase student engagement in K-12 classrooms.
Christopher Yuan and Matias Horst along with their mentor, Myra Halpin developed OpenSight, a wireless microcontroller to attach to a projector. This tool would allow any student in the classroom to wirelessly connect their tablet, phone or other device to share ideas with the class.
Justin Yang, Steven Liao, and Pranav Arrepu along with their mentor, Myra Halpin designed a multipurpose cylindrical table with numerous storage compartments and whiteboard tabletops that have the ability to divide and promote a seamless transition for student collaboration.
Online voters will decide the winner. Vote Feb. 3-10 at

Jackson makes Phillips Academy honor roll
Ian L. Jackson of Chapel Hill, a member of the Class of 2016, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy for the fall term.
To be named to the honor roll, students must maintain at least a 5-point grade average on a 6-point scale.

Two receive honors at Mercersburg Academy
Grace Caroline Wiener of Durham, grade 12, was named a commended scholar (all grades of 85 or above) during the fall term at Mercersburg Academy.
Caldwell Butler of Efland, grade 12, was named a distinguished scholar (all grades of 90 or above) during the fall term at Mercersburg Academy.