Members of the Dunwoody High School Band, under the direction of Mr William Henderson, traveled to Scotland Feb. 14 - 21. Along with taking in the sights in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the students rehearsed with the Edinburgh Brass Band and gave a joint concert with members of the James Gillespie's High School band. They are pictured here at Edinburgh Castle.

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For the fourth time in the past five years, a Future City team from St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School in Sandy Springs won first place in the regional Future City competition and represented the State of Georgia at the World Competition in Washington, D.C.

Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering educational programs. Its purpose is to encourage middle school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and starts with a question...How can we make the world a better place?

This year’s challenge was for the students to envision The Age Friendly City and address the trials in designing innovative solutions that could serve an urban area’s older population and keep them engaged and independent. The students must imagine, research, design, and build their city of the future to showcase a solution. At the competition, the teams present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCityTM software), a 1500 word essay, a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials), and a short oral presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. There is a spending limit of $100 to complete the task. The St. Jude winning team consisted of 7th graders Alex Guigou, Caoimhina Sloan, and Christina Sweeney, and was guided by school STEM faculty advisor Eleonora Straub along with coaches Peter Sloan and Stephanie Sweeney.

In addition to coming in first overall at the 26th annual regional competition, the team brought home three special awards: Best Team Presentation, Most Innovative Power Generation, and Best Research Essay. Upon returning home from Washington, the team was invited to the office of Georgia’s Representative for the 6th district, Karen Handel, where they were honored to present their city named GRACE to the Congresswoman.

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Ryan Donovan of Chamblee Middle School placed first in the Atlanta North Regional of the National History Bee, held on Feb. 21 at Brookwood HS.  Ryan will advance to the National Finals in Atlanta on June 1-2.

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