Radioactive Robotics Advance to State Competition

By: Willie O., Student Reporter

On October 3, 2018 the Green Bank Elementary Middle School Radioactive Robotics attended the regional West Virginia First Lego League (WVFLL) robotics competition in Union, West Virginia. This event was hosted by the West Virginia First Lego League (WVFLL).  This event happened so that children can learn about robots. Participants practice respecting others and have fun in a relaxing atmosphere. Mason Solliday, a member of Radioactive Robotics. said, “It was fun.“ Sarah Cole, also a member of the team, said, “It was fun because of the team.“ The team placed 2nd in the competition. The Radioactive Robotics will advance to states on December 1.

Update! The Radioactive Robotics competed in the state competition on December 1. The team placed 1st overall and 3rd in the Robot Game. The Radioactive Robotics will advance to the world robotics competition in April 2019 held in Detroit, Michigan.


Students Buzzing with Excitement Over Spelling Bee

By: Gracie S., Student Reporter

Twenty-nine students from grades five through eight from Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, Marlinton Middle School, and Hillsboro Elementary competed in the county Spelling Bee on December 13, 2018.

According to Mrs. Baldwin, the English Language Arts teacher at GBEMS, the goal of the spelling bee is to “help students improve spelling, vocabulary, and develop correct English usage.”

Students took turns spelling difficult words until only a few remained. As the competition went on, many students got eliminated but continued to cheer on their peers. The final rounds were exciting and two students fought hard to win. Jordan Farris from Marlinton Middle School won first place. The two-runners up were Paul Jordan in second place and Dillan Dunz came in third; both students were from Marlinton Middle School.

Nacota Smith, an eight-grade student who represented GBEMS in the county spelling bee said, that he thought the competition “was exciting.” Cammi Warner, a fifth grade student at GBMES said, “I thought the competition was hard.”

Winner Jordan Farris will go to The Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee on March 9, 2019 at Capital High School.