More Good News from Schools: Simpson Superstars win state competition

Simpson Elementary's Continental Math League Team recently won first place in the state competition.

The Continental Math League is a problem-solving competition that allows students to compete with other pupils on the same grade level from schools throughout the United States.

The competition is made up of five tests given during the school day at various times throughout the year. Each test consists of six questions and takes 30 minutes to complete. All students can participate, and schools send their the top six scores for each test to the Continental Math League.

Simpson Elementary's 12-member team of fifth-graders also took top honors for the 11-state region and placed seventh in the nation. Principal Bron Gayna Schmit told the students she was proud of them for epitomizing the school's mascot, the superstar.

Student's duck stamp design best in state

Collins Hill junior Soo Kim's artwork will be part of an exhibit in Washington, D.C., as she won first place in the state and the designation of "Best of Show" in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art and science program designed to teach wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school, according to the U.S. Fish and Game Department, which sponsors the contest.

The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum with participants completing a stamp design as their visual "term papers," according to the Department's Web site.

The first-place design from the national contest is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp for the following year. Junior Duck Stamps are sold for $5 each by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation consignees. Sale proceeds support conservation education, and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers and schools that participate in the program, the Web site states.

Parkview team wins WorldQuest Competition

A team of Parkview students placed first in the metro Atlanta WorldQuest Competition, held at Georgia State University and sponsored by the Southern Center for International Studies.

Academic WorldQuest is a team competition that tests students' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, culture and current events. Topics this year included international law, United Nations peace-keeping organizations, worldwide elections, Great Decisions articles and people in the news.

The winning team of Mehreen Iqbal, Sam Kim, Ian Nurse and William Tran advanced to the national finals in Washington, D.C. During a three-day weekend competition, sponsored by the World Affairs Council, the team competed against students from around the country.

This is the second year that a Parkview High team has represented Georgia in national WorldQuest competition.

Teams from Mill Creek High and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology rounded out the top three spots in the state.

Parkview social studies teacher Regina Loveridge was the team's coach.

Heather Darenberg writes about education for the Gwinnett Daily Post. More Good News From Schools appears online Monday.