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Hope takes first place at regional MATHCOUNTS competition

A team from Hope Middle School won the Eastern Regional MATHCOUNTS competition on Saturday. Hope’s team will advance to the state competition to be held in March.

The top individual from the team was Jiah Lee, who placed first overall in individual scoring. Members of the winning team also include Nicholas Ahn, Jiwoo Lee and Samuel Jiang.

Hope had four out of the top seven individual scores. The team was coached by Melisa Beddard and Lidelle Corey.

E.B. Aycock Middle School, coached by Doris Fletcher and Belinda Nolen, placed second and will also advance to the state competition. Team members include Tyler Harrison, Jack Porter-Acee, Anthony Violante and George Hou, the second highest scoring individual at the competition.

Broad Creek Middle School of Newport placed third. Rounding out the top five schools were C.M. Eppes Middle School and Arendell Parrott Academy.

The Eastern Regional competition is one of the largest in the state with 18 registered teams and 131 registered competitors. It is sponsored by Eastern Chapter of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina.

Celebrating its 37th anniversary, MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. More than seven million students across the U.S. have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program.

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.

kgrizzard / By Kim Grizzard The Daily Reflector 

John Paul II Catholic High School biology, marine biology and Advanced Placement science classes recently visited River Park North to learn about the importance of wetlands and human impacts on the environment. The students toured the nature center, listened to presentations in the water quality STEM lab, learned about snakes and experienced augmented reality technology.

W.H. Robinson Elementary School kindergarten students recently built three-dimensional shapes as part of their math studies. Above, student Luke Allen displays his creation, which is made of toothpicks and gumdrops.

The Monster

By Linda Xue


into actuality

Cold, cryptic gloom

knowing not of reality but with livened personality

Craving warmth, sauntering out into the unknown

a bright, warm greeting me

wandering, energy, less and less

seeking coolness, find shade

water flowing down, hydrating and restoring

find warmth, comforting but jarring


but alone



am I


Feed the flame



scavenging for completeness






Found shelter


comfort with







am I

Linda Xue, eighth grade, Hope Middle School. Teacher: Kathryn Banning.

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.

kgrizzard / By Kim Grizzard The Daily Reflector 

The Oakwood School senior Kennedy Tate, right, and sophomore Davis Kiess represented the school at the Virginia Tech Honor Band Clinic in Blacksburg, Va., last month. Students auditioned for placement in one of four bands that performed at the final concert on Jan. 26. Davis placed first among all bass clarinetists who auditioned.

kgrizzard / By Kim Grizzard The Daily Reflector 

Patrick Newman, second grade, W.H. Robinson Elementary School. Teacher: Jason Thomas.

Arendell Parrott Academy’s high school and middle school art programs both won first place in the North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities eastern regional art showcase held last month. The two teams competed against 21 other schools and move on to the state finals. Art team members from left, front, Anna Haddad, Nastia Hnatov, Tien Le and Sophia Akhter. In back are Helen Remington, Sofia Brantley, Landon Kearney, Rebecca Bailey, Samuel Hearon-Isler, Will Mullen, Miles Hulka, Quinn Miller and Jalyn Baysden. Jordan Riggs and Anna Avila also participated.

Kids' Stuff

Library programs

Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St., will host the following. Visit sheppardlibrary.org or call 329-4581.

Paws and Relax, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Participants will have a chance to read with a therapy dog.

A make-and-take craft activity will be held from 3:30-4;30 p.m. Thursday.

A Winter Reading Program for ages 3-12 and 13-18 continues through March 13. Participants will receive a free book in exchange for meeting their reading goal.

Kids Night in Nature

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Kids Night in Nature from 6-9 p.m. Friday for ages 7 and older. Activities, which will include a hike, will be focused on introducing participants to adaptations that animals use to survive at night. Cost is $15 for city residents and $18 for others. Call 329-4560 or email awimsatt@greenvillenc.gov.

Family Fare

East Carolina University’s Family Fare Series will present “Henry and Ramona” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Wright Auditorium. The play, performed by ECU’s Storybook Theater, is based on a children’s book by Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary. Tickets are $15. Contact 328-4788 or visit ecu.edu/arts.

Ayden art

Arts and Recreation will offer arts and crafts classes for ages 6 to 12 beginning this month at the Recreation Center, 4354 Lee St.

Classes for ages 6-8 will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 18-April 7. Classes for ages 9-12 will meet from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 19-April 9. Students will gain experience in expressing themselves as they work with colored pencil, watercolors and other media

Cost is $20 for Ayden residents or $30 for others. Register at the center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or online at aydenartsandrec.recdesk.com. Call 481-5837.

Story hours

The following children’s story hours are scheduled:

Sheppard Memorial Library, 530 Evans St.

10 and 11 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Toddler Story Hour

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Preschool Story Hour

10 and 11 a.m. first and third Monday, Baby & Me @ the Library for 18 months and younger

Farmville Public Library, 3762 W. Wilson St.

10 a.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Thursday, Toddler and Preschool Story Time

11 a.m. Wednesdays, Walkers, Wigglers and Crawlers (babies to 18 months)

Carver Branch Library, 618 W. 14th Ave.

Preschool Story Hour, ages 2-5, 10 a.m. Thursday

East Branch Library, 2000 Cedar Lane.

Preschool Story Hour, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday

Winterville Public Library, 2613 Railroad St.

Preschool Story Hour, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Monday

10:30 a.m. third Friday, Baby & Me @ the Library

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3040 Evans St.

11 a.m. Saturday.

Send calendar information to kgrizzard@reflector.com. Call 329-9578.

Send calendar information to kgrizzard@reflector.com.

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.

School events

School tours

Parents of Public Schools for Pitt County and Pitt County Schools will provide guided tours of public schools, beginning this week. This week’s schedule includes:

Lakeforest Elementary, 9:30 a.m. today

Ayden Elementary, 9 a.m. Tuesday

H.B. Sugg Elementary, 9:15 a.m. Tuesday

Sam Bundy Elementary, 10 a.m. Tuesday

Belvoir Elementary, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday

Creekside Elementary, 1 p.m. Tuesday

Falkland Elementary, 1 p.m. Tuesday

Northwest Elementary, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday

Wahl-Coates Elementary, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday

Elmhurst Elementary, 10 a.m. Wednesday

South Greenville Elementary, 10 a.m. Wednesday

Wintergreen Primary, 8:30 a.m. Thursday

Wintergreen Intermediate, 9:30 a.m. Thursday

W.H. Robinson Elementary, 1 p.m. Thursday

Ridgewood Elementary, 9 a.m. Friday

Ayden-Grifton, 10:30 a.m. Friday

E.B. Aycock, 10:30 a.m. Friday

Eastern Elementary, 1 p.m. Friday


School will be dismissed early on Friday. There will be no school on Feb. 17.

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.

School menus


hummus and cheese dip, baked spaghetti, chicken chunks, Texas toast, glazed carrots, french fries, banana


tangerine chicken, brown rice, cheeseburgers, deli wraps, California blend, cucumber slices, jiggly fruit


chicken cheesy pasta, buffalo chicken bites, Texas toast, yogurt, baby carrots, steamed broccoli, grapes


barbecue, bread, grilled cheese sandwich, hummus and cheese dip, baked beans, coleslaw, vegetable soup, fruit


fish nuggets, hushpuppies, stuffed-crust pizza, yogurt sweet potato seasoned fries, broccoli florets, broccoli salad, diced pears

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.