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BHS team shows educational excellence

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April 1, 2010

We were thrilled when we heard the news about the national championship our Baldwin High School Real World Design Team won in Washington, D.C., Saturday. Truly, that’s as big of an accomplishment that has ever come from the halls of BHS.

We were amazed enough by the team’s back-to-back state titles during the competition’s first two years. But taking it to the highest level and succeeding shows just how good this team is at what it does.

It’s also a shining example of what the educational process can be — if you’re willing to work hard.

We’ve heard the concerns over the years that our schools aren’t providing the education that young people need to compete in the global market. What we’ve always contended is the educational opportunities are there for our children, if they’ll take the initiative and make the most out of those opportunities.

The BHS Real World Design Team proved that. The countless hours they spent working on the project to design the best business jet wing and tail for certain flight conditions was obviously time well spent. It was all done on their own time and they sacrificed a great deal along the way.

Well, that hard work and sacrifice paid off in a huge way. Congratulations Carson Barnes, Brandon Baltzell, Johnson, Shelby Gregory, Carrie Deitz, Mac Halpin and Austin Kraus, you’ve made us all proud.

Comments

NanCrisp 4 years ago

"What we’ve always contended is the educational opportunities are there for our children, if they’ll take the initiative and make the most out of those opportunities."

Don't forget that it also takes teachers and administrators who are willing to take on extra work to pull these student groups together, find the opportunities out there, and complete all the work involved in getting a team to a competition. In the past, a lot of teachers in this district have been more than content to pass these opportunities by. Students are inspired by their mentors. Would-be mentors should not expect the students to create the motivation, but should actively motivate the students.

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