February 13, 2013 8:12PM
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:09PM
Competition: Middle school Mathletes from area schools will compete in a contest of the national MathCounts Program Feb. 16 at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St. The competition has been organized by the Lake County Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. A total of 18 schools and 134 students will compete. School include: Aptakisic Junior High School, Buffalo Grove; Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus, Barrington; Daniel Wright Junior High School, Lincolnshire; Fremont Middle School, Mundelein; Hawthorn Middle School-North, Vernon Hills; Hawthorn Middle School-outh, Vernon Hills; Highland Middle School, Libertyville; Matthews Middle School, Island Lake; Park School-Round Lake; Round Lake Middle School, Round Lake Heights; Saint Gilbert School, Grayslake; Twin Groves Middle School, Buffalo Grove; Wauconda Middle School, Wauconda; and Woodlawn Middle School, Long Grove. Students will participate individually or as part of a team in written and fast-paced oral competitions. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners will receive awards, and will advance to the state MathCounts finals to be held March 9.
Winner: Woodland Middle School recognized the 2013 Spelling Bee Champion, eighth grade student Nathan Metz. Eighth grade student Tyler Gray-Henry was named runner-up. Nathan, for the second time, will advance to the Sectional Competition to be held Feb. 25 at Millburn Elementary School.
Fund-raiser: Montessori Elementary students from Riverwoods Montessori School toured the Deerfield Bank and Trust as part of a project where they collected money for children in Africa. The children brought buckets of coins which they had collected in their “Coins of Compassion” jars. The international project was to support the purchase of advanced Montessori materials for the Kampala Montessori School in Uganda. Director Lanam Kijange was a Montessori intern at the Deerfield Montessori Schools and returned home to Uganda to start his own Montessori school in Kampala in 2012. Kijange hoped to continue to provide Montessori education for the children as they approached first grade age, but he had no advanced materials. The children sponsored their “Coins for Compassion” project to help purchase advanced materials for the Ugandan children. They collected $300. Together with the student collection and the contributions from othersm, the schools met their goal of $2,500.
Fund-raiser: The Great Waukegan Pink-Out had its most successful year ever, raising more than $8,000 for cancer research through its Pink-Out events and T-shirt sales this year. The Pink-Out saw increased success after organizers began promoting the fund-raiser at all Waukegan School District 60 schools, as well as at various events and meetings throughout Waukegan. In total, the group sold more than 1,500 pink T-shirts, and will donate slightly more than $8,000 to Coaches vs. Cancer, a program affiliated with the American Cancer Society.