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Independence Elementary Takes Second at State Social Studies Olympiad

Independence Elementary Takes Second at State Social Studies Olympiad

A team of eight Independence Elementary School students recently competed at the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad XXXIII and took second place in the state, falling to Anchor Bay's Ashley Elementary. Clarkston Community Schools was well represented at the competition with five of our seven elementary school teams finishing in the "Elite Eight."

Congratulations to Independence Elementary students Slate Campbell, Boone McNaughton, John Peckham, Charlie Popelier, Rodrigo Garcia, Nick Landry, Ethan Heist, and Justin Strader.

Members of the "Independence Braincos" had this to say about their second-place finish:

  • Slate Campbell said, "I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time! It was intense and nerve-wracking...but it was an AMAZING experience!"
  • John Peckham said, "None of us could have done as well if we didn't work as a TEAM."
  • Charlie Popelier said, "Everything about Quiz Bowl was amazing! I had a great time thinking about the questions and working with my friends."
  • Boone McNaughton said, "It was so exciting! I didn't think we would make it all the way to the finals. Our team really worked together and we had a great time."

Held at Grosse Pointe North High School this year, the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad is a fun and educational state-wide competition for students in grades 3-12. The competition is designed to increase student and teacher interest in social studies education and to provide opportunities for students and teachers to gain individual and team recognition for academic accomplishments. The Social Studies Olympiad encourages the development of strong social studies skill set, participatory experience, social and intellectual interactions, and strengthens personal confidence by through collaboration and competition.

The theme of this year's event was "Core Values of American Democracy."

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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