A Volshebniy experience: 79 elementary schools take part in the 2022 regional Lone Star Challenge competition with the theme of Russia

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And the OVERALL REGIONAL WINNER IS…

Travis Vanguard for Talented and Gifted Academics!

With 77 Dallas ISD schools and two Richardson ISD (RISD) schools competing, Travis Elementary’s team, which received the most points, was named the 2022 Regional Lone Star Challenge champions of this Texas-sized college competition that s is held at Skyline High in early May.

After spending an entire year reviewing Lone Star Challenge study materials and reading the novel “Breaking Stalin’s Nose,” the 623 students were ready to test their expertise by filling Skyline High’s Mayo Gym.

The competition is the little brother of the academic decathlon and academic pentathlon and is a fun contest designed to help students prepare for the Texas STAAR test. Students are tested in math, literature, science, and social studies around an annual theme. This year’s theme was Passport to Russia.

Elementary students from Travis Vanguard and RISD White Rock Elementary received gold plaques for finishing first in their respective team divisions. Silver plate awards were given to Sudie Williams Academy for the Talented and Gifted and Northwood Hills Elementary from RISD, while Kahn and Lakewood Elementary schools won bronze team plaques. Prizes were also awarded for the best costume and the best team posters.

After a morning of testing, the afternoon began with the Lone Star Challenge Parade, a tradition where school teams with colorful signs and dressed in Russian-themed costumes are announced one by one as they enter the gymnasium for the Super Quiz competition. Some panels were elaborately decorated with colors and balloons, displaying Russian words like volshebniywhich means magic.

After the parade came the Super Quiz, where teams test their knowledge of Russian history, art, music, culture and people. Fortunately, there was help on hand from Booker T. Washington High School of Visual and Performing Arts librarian Natalia Ivenskaya, who was born in Russia. Throughout the day, she helped students learn words in Russian like ya gatovameaning I’m ready In English. Before each new section of the Super Quiz, students were asked, “Are you ready?” » And the 623 students answered in chorus: « YA GATOVA! It was truly magical.

Even more magical is the way such an important competition unfolds. The work begins in December with a coaches meeting and ends with a successful spring event. The day before the competition, approximately 40 staff members worked to transform the Skyline High gymnasium into the Lone Star Challenge Arena. First, the gymnasium was cleaned and several tarps were rolled out to protect the floor. Hundreds of tables and chairs were brought in, school boards were posted so teams knew where to sit when they arrived on the morning of the competition, a professional sound crew set up speakers and projection screens, more than 600 clickers were programmed and packaged for each school, more than 1,200 tests were given out, and dozens of awards were displayed.

“We want kids to feel welcomed and excited as soon as they arrive,” said Ericka Guzman-Escobedo, student activities coordinator. “Lone Star Challenge is well worth every moment of planning. It becomes a fun and memorable experience for all teachers and students.”

Watch the DISD Lone Star Challenge on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMYj6qlW_Z4&t=414s

Congratulations to the overall TOP 3 of the Lone Star Challenge:

Team name Rank
William B. Travis Academy 1
RISD – White Rock Elementary School 1
RISD – Northwood Hills EL 2
Sudie L. Williams TAG Academy 2
Louise Wolff Kahn Elementary School 3
Lakewood Elementary School 3

A & ACE School Leadership – RED TEAM Individual Awards:

Student name Team name Rank
Abella Topel, Celeste Isabelle Stephen C. Foster Elementary School 1
Afsen, Safia Anne Frank Primary School 2
Lucio Celis, Kailey Sofia Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School 3
Desalegn, Liya Abebe Nathan Adams Elementary School 4
Parra, Adrian Louise Wolff Kahn Elementary School 5

School Leadership A & ACE – Individual BLUE TEAM Awards:

Student name Team name Rank
Gaunt, Mason Christopher William B. Travis Academy 1
DiCarlo, Evelina Louise TAG Sudie L. Williams 2
Perez, Allison Jacqueline Arcadia Park Elementary School 3
Pisani, Olivia Violet William B. Travis Academy 4
Robledo, Bella Martin Weiss Elementary School 5

A & ACE School Leadership – WHITE TEAM Individual Awards:

Student name Team name Rank
Ritschel, Ara Renée William B. Travis Academy 1
Stout, Cole Henry TAG Sudie L Williams 2
Hurst, Ellen Elizabeth Solar preparatory school for girls 3
Venancio, Isabelle Marie Solar preparatory school for girls 4
Williams, Aubrey Lashawn Elementary Elisha M Pease 5

School Leadership B – RED TEAM Individual Awards:

Student name Team name Rank
Conner, Chase White Rock Elementary School 1
Marcum, Dutch Northwood Hills EL 2
Campbell, Davis White Rock Elementary School 3
Alexander, Weston White Rock Elementary School 4
Ortiz, Nadia Elise Jerry R. Junkins Elementary School 5

School Leadership B – Individual BLUE TEAM Awards:

Student name Team name Rank
Odegaard, Callan Irving Lakewood Elementary School 1
Walden, Monica White Rock Elementary School 2
Schindler, Aviva White Rock Elementary School 3
Macke, Asa Peter Elemental Mockingbird 4
Hopper, Ayden Northwood Hills Elementary School 5

School Leadership B – WHITE TEAM Individual Awards:

Student name Team name Rank
Ramsey, Cannon White Rock Elementary School 1
Siegel, Nolan White Rock Elementary School 2
Sides, Garrett White Rock Elementary School 3
Grey, Evan Northwood Hills Elementary School 4
At war, Lily Northwood Hills Elementary School 5
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