• The North Chatham Elementary fifth grade science class recently participated in the Chatham County Soil and Water Conservation Poster contest. Students were recognized and awards were presented by Brenda Williams, District Administrator of the Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation District, to those whose posters were of exceptional merit: 1st place: Caroline Puckett. 2nd place: Navya Babu 3rd place: Brigid Dolan. Puckett advanced and won at the regional level.
• Smith Middle School sent 12 students to the finals of the N.C. State Mathematics Contest on May 3 to compete in two contests: Level 1 for Math 1/Algebra 1 and Level 2 for Math 2/Math 3/ or Algebra 2 students. Several sixth-graders brought home accolades for the Level 1 competion. Aaron Dejong was crowned the state champion, Adrian Thananopavarn came in 2nd, and Adriana Kim was 4th. Matias Shundi and Eric Lu also qualified for the finals. The eighth-graders performed similarly in the Level 2 competition, with Matthew Dai being crowned state champion and Andrew Zhang coming in 3rd. Eric Xu, Andrew Qin, Vincent Xia, Martin Hito, and Eashwar Mahadevan also qualified for the finals and did well.
Mathew Dai represented North Carolina at the National MathCounts Championship held at Disney World Friday, May 9. Dr. Boyd Blackburn coached the North Carolina team this year.