The Washington County School Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, took time to spotlight local youngsters for their academic accomplishments.
The Roulhac Middle School (RMS) Civics and Debate Team was given the first recognition. Teachers Emily Clark and Elliott Gould started the team.
“About the first or second week of school, we got with the kids and decided what we could figure out,” Clark said. “By the third week of August, we were kind of competing in our first competition. We kind of jumped into the deep end with this and we have had an amazing group of students who have done a phenomenal job so far.”
Some of the students on the team have placed within the top ten competition rankings.
“We are extremely proud of them. We went in November to a competition in Orlando and they competed against about 360 middle schoolers. It was a huge, three-event-long competition,” Clark said. “ They had to compete in three events each. Most of our competitions, they only compete in one event. We’ll spend two or three weeks prepping for one event. They had to prep for three events.”
Other students were separately recognized as winners of the Vernon Garden Club Art Contest–Vernon High School students Nylah Brown and Addyson Pedigo. Students Santoria Gilbert and Corissa Peterson also won but were not at the meeting.