Banneker Hosts Olympic Games

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With the Sochi Olympics ever-present in the background during the month of February, students of Benjamin Banneker Elementary engaged in the olympic spirit at school. A partnership between the expressive arts and physical education classes, students had the opportunity to see what the olympic spirit is all about. First through fifth grade students not only learned about countries around the globe but actually competed in their own olympic events with each other.

Each expressive arts classroom was given a country to represent during the Banneker Olympics in February. The United States, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Spain, Italy Germany, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Russia, South Korea, Japan and Australia were all represented by students. Classroom time was spent learning the geography, basic economy and culture of each host country, allowing children to learn about the differences and similarities between themselves and citizens around the world.

“They started learning about the other countries about a month ago in their expressive arts classes,” stated Sandy Soucek, second grade teacher at Banneker Elementary. “They studied where the countries were, discussed if they would like to live there and even learn some numbers and parts of their language.”

Photo Taken By Sandy Soucek

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Starting as an idea from physical education teacher Mike Casale and multiple intelligence art teacher Vicky Hudson as a way for children to learn about teamwork and sportsmanship, the entire school became involved making it a program that stressed education as well as physical health. Students were able to research the meaning and purpose behind the olympics and what the different olympic sports involved.

“It has been amazing, I had a first grader come up to me telling me where their country was and how all the countries competed together,” commented Mr. Casale. “The Banneker Olympics brought them all together showing them good sportsmanship, teamwork and cooperation.”

On Monday February 24, wearing goggles that displayed their host country’s flag, the final ‘bobsled’ and ‘skiing’ events were held in the gym and students and teachers competed by pushing each other on scooters during several heats. The winners were recognized that day by receiving medals and trophies during the closing ceremonies. Principal Jean Wylie believed that the event was a great program that brought several classes and grades together to achieve one goal.

“The teachers explained to their students about the importance of the olympics and the kids learned what it takes to achieve those goals including the athletic skills and physical practice,” commented Wylie. “All of the students demonstrated teamwork and camaraderie while having so much fun. This program really taught them to encourage each other and that it is not always about winning but trying their best.”

Medal Winners
1st Grade

Bobsled
(Gold) – Heron Carter, Liam Kilgore, Moriah Duffie, Jazmien Gonzalez
(Silver) – Alexander Bauer, Michael Dittman, Sadie Biro, Danevea Davis Legrand
(Bronze) – Tae’Quan Parker, Joshua Smith, Rylee Melvin, Cecelia Pierce

Biathlon
(Gold) – Heron Carter, Liam Kilgore, Moriah Duffie, Jazmien Gonzales
(Silver) – Elvia Lopez-Ortiz, Tyasia Hicks, Geme’ Bell, Dylan Huckemeyer
(Bronze) – Tae’Quan Parker, Joshua Smith, Rylee Melvin, Cecelia Pierce

Speed Skating
(Gold) – Magaly Perez, Marlin Perez-Arreaga, Talan Humes, Garritt Reagan, Brenda Bamaca-Ramos
(Silver) – Elvia Lopez-Ortiz, Tyasia Hicks, Geme’ Bell, Dylan Huckemeyer
(Bronze) – Alexander Bauer, Michael Dittman, Sadie Biro, Danevea Davis Legrand

Luge
(Gold) – Michael Wimer III, Marcus Turner Jr., Delmi Morales-Perez, Mahalah Taliaferro
(Silver) – Joshua Bringas, John Robles-Ortiz, Hailey Sellards, Corrine Ney, Alvaro Perez
(Bronze) – Elijah Benton, Tristin Hack, Laniya Gibbs, Tyiesha Charleron

2nd Grade

Bobsled
(Gold) – Da’Zhon Frazier Stewart, Eslyn Andrade-Cruz, Gabriela Haro, Yeimy Lopez-Barrios
(Silver) – Luke Sollie, Will Evans, Jasmine Sylvester, Ti’Ambra Scott-Green
(Bronze) – Caden Irvin, Angel Arano Rebolledo, Devaughn Loper Jr., Dalton Cleveland

Biathlon
(Gold) – Paul Sollie, George Hufnagel, Yahday Gonzalez, Sabrina Kadow
(Silver) Da’Zhon Frazier Stewart, Eslyn Andrade Cruz, Gabriela Haro, Yeimy Lopez-Barrios
(Bronze) – Caden Irvin, Angel Arano Rebolledo, Devaugn Loper Jr., Dalton Cleveland

Speed Skating
(Gold) – Shane Dorey, Nehemias Sales-Jeronimo, Lailah Farrington, I’nai Sterile
(Silver) – Titus Shane, Brenden Sheehan, Julianna Brown, Lapriece Legros
(Bronze) – Emiliano Alvarado, Louis D’Esposito, Terryn Murray, Jaylin Tazewell

Luge
(Gold) – Luke Sollie, Will Evans, Jasmine Sylvester, T’Ambra Scott-Green
(Silver) – Darnell Cuffee, David Collins III, Ellie LoBiondo, Natalie Hester
(Bronze) – Jayden Norman, Kylie Moorman, Ryan Field

Skeleton
(Gold) – Sabrina Kadow
(Silver – Luke Sollie
(Bronze) – Garrett Simpson

3rd Grade

Bobsled
(Gold) – Ashley Louis, Laneja Robinson-Hall, Javier Scott, Francelay Legros
(Silver) – Kanye Moore, Tyler Porter, Lila Mergner, Rylee Metzner
(Bronze) – Joshua Valentin-Marquez, Andy Morales-Tovar, Kilya Morris, Lauren Russell

Biathlon
(Gold) – Kanye Moore, Tyler Porter, Lila Mergner, Rylee Metzner
(Silver) – ZyKierra Clark, Laniya Robinson-Hall, Reily Wall
(Bronze) – Devin Bennett, DJ Jones, Paris Gordon, Harley Taliaferro

Speed Skating
(Gold) – Tyshaun Finney, Eugenio Zamarripa, Sabta Mele, Riley Papineau
(Silver) – Ashley Louis, Laneja Robinson-Hall, Javier Scott, Francelay Legros
(Bronze) – Landen Hester, Paul Hout, Kleiby Catalan Roblero, Jazmin Garcia

Luge
(Gold) – AJ Kravitz, Eric Perry, Brianna Blocker, Michaela Brown
(Silver) – Ashley Louis, Laneja Robinson-Hall, Javier Scott, Francelay Legros
(Bronze) – Joshua Valentin-Marquez, Andy Morales-Tovar, Kilya Morris, Lauren Russell

Skeleton
(Gold) – ZyKierra Clark
(Silver) – AJ Kravitz
(Bronze) – Owen Wallace

4th Grade

Bobsled
(Gold) – Jordan Norman, Emmanuel McCrea-Mosley, Anthony Lewis
(Silver) – Rachel Vezmar, Sundene Lodge, Natalie Cromer, Jordan Lee
(Bronze) – Sean Saxon, Nysiah Rivera , Grettel Gonzales Veliz, Savannah Kincade

Biathlon
(Gold) – Joseph Chadwick, Chris Hernandez-Cundafe, Mason Morris, Isaiah Miller
(Silver) – Zion Duprey, Antoine Dunning, Tanisha Louis, Jennifer Chilel-Perez
(Bronze) – Caden Cope, Austin Adams, Jason Rodriguez

Speed Skating
(Gold) – Aiden Zimmerman, Nolin Hudson, Mikai Duffie
(Silver) – Rachel Vezmar, Sundene Lodge, Natalie Cromer, Jordan Lee
(Bronze) – Jalen Cambell, Deisi Morales-Perez

Luge
(Gold) – Michael Foxwell, Eddie Julsaint, Anna Hatfield, Paige Thompson
(Silver) – Jordan Norman, Alex Bruno, Emmanuel McCrea-Mosley, Anthony Lewis
(Bronze) – Zion Duprey, Antoine Dunning, Jennifer Chilel-Perez, Tanisha Louis

Skeleton
(Gold) – Ja’on Harris
(Silver) – Precyous Waters
(Bronze) – Jaeli McDuff

5th Grade

Bobsled
(Gold) – Emma Morrman, Alexa Wagenhoffer, Juan Velasquez-Rivera, Jermaine Colbert III
(Silver) – Ricky Mercado-Diaz, Conor Sylvester, Dane Wilson, Michael Mitchell
(Bronze) – Christian Read, Kevin Lin, Jose Velasques-Rivera, Brando Lopes Gutierrez

Biathlon
(Gold) – Zyhaire Hammond, Clyde Harris, Miranda Haro, Candace Anderson
(Silver) – Aaron Sollie, Micah Stevens, Alex Mergner, Matthew Stangl
(Bronze) – Cole Garlick, Jackson Wilkins, Shymica Auborg, Briseyda Ramirez Arreaga

Speed Skating
(Gold) – Robby Phillips, Arthur Bennett, Layne Smith, Leon Kelley
(Silver) – Patience McCrea-Mosley, Shelby Ohlig, Frida Ibarra, Alyssa Milam
(Bronze) – Ricky Mercado-Diaz, Conor Sylvester, Dane Wilson, Michael Mitchell

Luge
(Gold) – Ricky Mercado-Diaz, Conor Sylvester, Dane Wilson, Michael Mitchell
(Silver) – Conor Kilgore, Zane Wallace, Charlee McDowell
(Bronze) – Joanel Munroe Jr., Hunter Degraw, Bryan Diaz

Skeleton
(Gold) – Aaron Sollie
(Silver) – Luke Bogan
(Bronze) – Michael Mitchell