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Andrew Worthington, assistant principal of curriculum, testing and admissions at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, accepts the 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence award from Lori Hopkins, Cognia regional director. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Andrew Worthington, assistant principal of curriculum, testing and admissions at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, accepts the 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence award from Lori Hopkins, Cognia regional director. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Excellence award

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School has been identified as Oklahoma’s only Cognia, formerly known as AdvancED, recipient of the 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence. Andrew Worthington, assistant principal of curriculum, testing and admissions, recently accepted the award during the 2019 Midwest Region Fall Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

“This recognition affirms the school’s mission to ‘light a path’ both spiritually and academically in the lives of the young men and women we serve,” said David Morton, Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School principal. “Bishop McGuinness is first and foremost a Catholic school that seeks to educate all students who want instruction rooted in Christ that is rigorous and inclusive. Programs and curricula are responsive and tailored to the academic needs of students as they chart their individual paths to reach their potential.”

Cognia is a nonprofit school accrediting agency that conducts on-site reviews of educational institutions and provides continuous-improvement resources and support to education leaders.

Speech-debate tournament

The Harding Charter Preparatory High School speech and debate team walked away from the recent Deer Creek tournament with eight students qualifying for regionals.

In the area of Prose, Avery Robinson, ninth grade, took second place; and Carson Hans, 10th grade placed first. For the Poetry competition, Victoria Peter, 11th grade, placed first.

Megan Surbeck, 10th grade, placed first in Original Oratory; and Reyna Sun, 10th grade, placed first in Dramatic Interpretation.

Other winners included: Faith Morrison, 10th grade, first in Monologue; Avery Robinson first in Domestic Extemporaneous; and Carson Hans and Evie Lee, ninth grade, placed first in Policy Debate.

Additionally, division champs were Faith Morrison, 10th grade, finalist in Prose; and Carson Hans, finalist in Domestic Extemporaneous.

Design+Do competition

Oklahoma City elementary school students put their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to the test during the annual Design+Do competition.

A team from Buchanan Elementary School won with its Knights vs. Dragon concept. The float featured a roaring dragon that breathed “fire,” had glowing eyes and guarded Ozobot-programmed dragon eggs and treasure.

Design+Do, sponsored by Devon Energy, allowed fourth-graders from seven of Oklahoma City Public Schools' sites to use their ingenuity and the latest tools to create projects at the University of Oklahoma Tom Love Innovation Hub.

For five weeks, the budding inventors put their ideas for parade floats on paper. Then, they visited the Innovation Hub, where mentors from Engage Learning Oklahoma helped them use laser cutters, woodworking machines and other high-tech tools to bring their ideas to life. Each team was asked to include three engineering items in the challenge and create a cheer, chant or dance to go along with their theme.

The finished designs were reviewed by a panel of judges that included Oklahoma City Public Schools deputy superintendent Jason Brown, Devon Vice President of Technology Trey Lowe and former OU football player Jonathan Alvarez.

Teaching citation

State Rep. Brian Hill recently presented Meaghan Taylor, a teacher at Meadow Brook Intermediate School in Mustang, with a citation for earning the 2019 Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition International's Andrew Halpern Early Career Practitioner Award.

New Plays Festival

Arianna Tull, of Oklahoma City, recently directed "The Story of Annabel Lee" in the New Plays Festival at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

The New Plays Festival is a presentation of plays that are written, directed, performed and produced by Knox students. The 2020 winter term festival was Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Tull's major is undecided. She is a member of Knox College's class of 2021.

To be considered for this column, please email achievement announcements and photos to LLynn@Oklahoman.com.

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<strong>Harding Charter Preparatory High School Speech and Debate Team members are, from left, Victoria Peter, Amelia Cruz, Carson Hans, Faith Morrison and Reyna Sun.  Second row, from left, are Avery Robinson, Anne Martin, Megan Surbeck, Cameryn O'Dell and Romello Richardson. [PHOTO PROVIDED]</strong>

Harding Charter Preparatory High School Speech and Debate Team members are, from left, Victoria Peter, Amelia Cruz, Carson Hans, Faith Morrison and Reyna Sun. Second row, from left, are Avery Robinson, Anne Martin, Megan Surbeck, Cameryn O'Dell and Romello Richardson. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

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