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Ballston Scholars Participate in Annual miSci Invention Convention

The Ballston Spa Central School District was represented in this year’s Invention Convention by 14 Ballston Scholars who were chosen as semi-finalists from over 2,000 student entries.

The elementary students were asked to design an invention that would solve a problem in their lives or their community. The semi-finalists were asked to make a complete model of their inventions to be on display at miSci for judging before an awards ceremony Thursday, May 19, 2016. Among the 100 students from throughout the region chosen as semi-finalists in the annual miSci Invention Convention 2016 program are the following:

Ballston Purple Scholars

  • Sophia Long, Audrey Claar and MJ Lofink, from Gordon Creek Elementary School
  • Graham Dale, Maddie Burns and Celia Somogie-Barnett, from Malta Avenue Elementary School
  • Livia Wiltsie, from Milton Terrace Elementary School
  • Sean O’Rourke, from Wood Road Elementary School
  • Jake Bury, from St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa

Ballston Gold Scholars

  • Abby Carpenter from Gordon Creek Elementary School
  • Gavin Tribley from Milton Terrace Elementary School
  • Lauren Wodzinski, Joseph Fodera and Aidan Driscoll from Wood Road Elementary School

Gavin Tribley, Livia Wiltsie, Lauren Wodzinski and Graham Dale were among the 25 finalists chosen from the 100 semi-finalists at the awards ceremony. Parents, school representatives and the public were present to view all of the inventions and the museum before the ceremony.

According to Bairbre McCarthy, the teacher for the Ballston Scholars, high-ability students in grades 3-7 are part of the Scholars. The Johns Hopkins School and College Ability Test determines placement for the students, she said. It has verbal and quantitative section and identifies students who are extremely gifted with high-reasoning skills.

Students with the Purple Scholars focus on English language arts, Mandarin Chinese, social studies, science, technology, engineering and math and meet once a week. Sixth- and seventh-graders meet for an hour; third-graders meet for two hours; and fourth- and fifth-graders meet for a full day.

Gold Scholars focus on science, technology, engineering and math and meet for an hour each week.

The BSCSD Board of Education will recognize the Ballston Scholars at its meeting Wednesday, June 15. The students will also be talking about their inventions.

For more information, contact miSci at [email protected] or 518-867-2491.

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