|Lower School Girls' Book Club Team||Super Colby 5K Team|
Congratulations to two winning teams in the 2016 Knight Tank competition, held earlier this week. Based on the popular Shark Tank television show, the Knight Tank initiative began last year as a competition to encourage students and teachers in developing and implementing new and innovative programs to enhance educational experiences. Teams of students and faculty members had the opportunity to present their proposals to a review board and compete for future funding of their ideas. The panel of judges included Chief Financial Officer Terry Efird, Board of Trustees member Charles Saleh, Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services Shannon Edwards, and Student Body President Jackson Cannon.
The 2016 winning teams are the Lower School Girls' Book Club and the Super Colby 5K.
Fourth grade students Kaitlyn Blackson, Addison Floyd, Faith Giller, Natalie Johnson, and Campbell Norris, along with their faculty sponsor, Ms. Christine Doyle, presented the idea of a Lower School Girls' Book Club and won $700 to fund the new venture. The new club will promote reading and fellowship and encourage critical thinking and communication for lower school girls who enjoy reading. Their winning proposal will purchase books, along with corresponding crafts and snacks for meetings.
Upper school students Hannah Brandon and Annika Urban, along with their faculty sponsor, Mrs. Sara Blakeney, also won funding for their proposal to begin an annual 5K run in honor of Colby Young. The event is slated for March 2017 at McAlpine Park with proceeds benefitting several organizations including the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Home Away Boston, and Make a Wish Central and Western North Carolina. This winning team was given $2,300 to help fund race expenses like shirts, park rental, professional timers, and winning medals. The race will be open to the public for all age groups. The team also has plans to engage students to help with various aspects like web page planning with help from the student Tech Force and original medal designs, possibly generated with the school's own 3-D printers.