Ten Maury students made it to the semi-finals of Maury’s in-school competition for the National Geographic Geography Bee. After several grueling rounds and tie-breakers, the third-place finisher was Miles McIntire, second place was Anne Lawrence, and the champion was Will Wright. Congratulations also to Aurora Alcantara, Leo Rice, Audrey Gresh, James Madi, Sabella Osborn, and Carlia Cardoza.
Spelling Bee Buzz
The school-wide Spelling Bee in January was a real nail-biter. After 37 rounds, fifth-grader Louisa Jensen won with the word “Hyperion.” Ria Carr came in a close second. Both girls will move on to the Cluster Bee in February. Leo Rice came in third and will serve as the alternate.
Shooting Hoops for Huntsville
A teachers vs. parents basketball game has been a long time tradition for the Maury community. This year, there was a new twist, with the kids (“New Skool”) taking on the grownups (“Old Skool”). While the adults had the advantage in height, the kids had the advantage in energy and eventually prevailed, 34-30, in a very tight game. The fifth-graders plan to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama in June – and they want all of their classmates to attend together, regardless of ability to pay. This game served as a fundraiser, getting them a bit closer to their goal. At Space Camp the children will meet astronauts, complete simulated missions and live in International Space Station type dorms. Look for other fundraisers, including a used book sale on February 8.
Maury Elementary is located at 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Call 202-698-3838 or visit www.mauryelementary.com to learn more. – Elizabeth Nelson.