Students from Charles Herbert Flowers High School owned the 4th Annual Scholastic Olympics at the Prince George’s Plaza Community Center May 3, taking home six awards out of a possible 11 awards.
A Largo High School sophomore claimed first place in math. And a homeschooler won first place in speech.
Oxon Hill High School student Stephen Thompson won first place in U.S. History. Thompson told the AFRO “A friendly and fun academic competition that sponsored an appreciation of knowledge and understanding if our nation's history in a trivial way. The tradition of the Scholastic Olympics has been deeply invested into my academics and I hope that it continues to advance education and knowledge of students as it did for me.”
Northwestern High School’s Color Guard opened the ceremony, while Ardmore Elementary School teacher, Rev. Ericka Platt sang a moving rendition of the National Anthem.
In each subject, first place winners took home $500, second place $300 and third place $200.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission sponsored the first place history prize.
The Washington Nationals donated a pair of tickets for each prizewinner. Carrollton Insurance Agency, Inc. sponsored plaques for each winner, while a 5 a.m. Bible Study Ministry member donated gold, silver and bronze medals.
Mya Alexander, the gold-medal winner of the local NAACP ACT-SO competition, performed a modern dance number.
WUSA9’s sports anchor and reporter Dave Owens ended the morning ceremony, stressing the importance of excelling both in and outside the classroom.
Owens, played football for the Naval Academy and has a Master’s in Business Administration, encouraged the students to set their sights high.
2 Pi, the rapping math teacher Jacob Scott, was another special guest for the students who bounced and swayed to rhyming verses about polygons and undefined numbers. Scott moderated the Math-A-Thon.
The organizers, Tamara M. Cooke Henry, Ph.D., and her daughters, Tiffany and Charisse, are Prince George’s County residents who have a memorandum of understanding with the Prince George’s County Public Schools, and are working in collaboration with Parks & Recreation M-NCPPC.