Students Shine at School Board Meeting

The Clarke County School Board heard from exceptional students doing exceptional things last week. Students from D. G. Cooley Elementary demonstrated their expertise with a captivating new table-top competition designed to build cognitive and coordination skills called “cup stacking” while two high school students described their experience competing in “Moody’s Mega Math Challenge”, a nationwide math competition.

DG Cooley instructor Amy Lowell and students demonstrate cup stacking at Monday night's school board meeting - photo Edward Leonard

“Cup Stacking”, also known as “sport stacking”, has a simple premise; Using a set of plastic cups, create pre-defined geometric formations by stacking the cups vertically on stacking mats. The goal of the game is to see how fast you can get it done.

“As you will see” D. G. Cooley physical education teacher Amy Lowell told the School Board just prior to a cup stacking demonstration performed by her students “the completion requires extensive hand-to-eye coordination and dexterity.

Four students lined up in front of tables facing the School Board member. At Lowell’s signal, each of the students grabbed a set of colorful cups. Students used both hands to quickly arrange a row of cups on a stacking mat. With blinding speed, the next row of cups were gathered and quickly placed on top of the other cups to create a pyramid. A final cup was then balanced on the top before the steps were reversed to bring the cups back to their nested position with the drinking side down.

Cooley Elementary School students demonstrate cup stacking dexterity - Photo Edward Leonard

Lowell said that whether considered as a game or as a sport, successful cup stacking takes consistent practice and patience.

Although Lowell’s students made the stacking activity look pretty easy, it was clear that the higher the stack grew, the harder activity gets. Coupled with the pressure of trying to stack as fast as possible, either to beat a personal speed record or in competition with other student stackers, it is easy to see why students love the activity.

Lowell’s students performed with specially designed plastic cups, made to prevent sticking to one another and with holes in the bottom to allow air to pass through quickly when stacking. The cups are designed with ribs reinforcing a ledge inside to keep them slightly apart when nested, so they can be quickly separated

Cooley Elementary School students demonstrate cup stacking dexterity - Photo Edward Leonard

Lowell told the School Board that cup stacking has many benefits for students and a quick scan of the academic research uncovers evidence to back up her claim.

A study by at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse confirms that cup stacking improves hand-eye coordination and reaction time by up to 30 percent. Towson University research studied the influence of cup stacking participation in a 6-week bi-manual coordination program on Grade 5 students’ reading achievement. A significant increase was found for the experimental group on comprehension skills, proving that stacking may improve students’ reading comprehension skills, regardless of the student’s sex.

After a dizzying cup stacking demonstration, the School Board turned its attention to two high school academic dazzlers, Conor Mettenburg and Bryan Murphy.

Clarke County High School mathematics department chair Laurie Barbagallo told the School Board that Mettenburg and Murphy, along with student teams across the country, had dedicated a recent Saturday to compete for scholarship money from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

“Conor and Bryan, along with all of the other students who participated, were given a very challenging problem to solve” Barbagallo said.

The problem was posed in the form of a Department of the Interior request to develop a mathematical model to estimate the impact previous drought conditions on Lake Powell and to develop a five-year plan for estimating water levels in the reservoir.

(Click to view the  Moody’s Mega Math Challenge 2011 problem)  Megamath

The students were told that Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the United States, is a source of power generation, a water storage system and a recreational area. The lake was at 97% of its full capacity near the end of 1999, but a long term drought reduced the lake to about 60% of capacity at the end of 2010. Estimates of future Colorado River inflows to take Powell vary between a low of 39% of average to 137% of average, with 83% being most likely. The average inflow rate is approximately 12.0 million acre-feet per year.

Mettenburg and Murphy were told to assume that the inflow predictions would persist for the next five years, and provide estimates based on low, high and most likely inflows, of Lake Powell’s percentage of capacity over the five year period.

“We spent a couple of hours just staring at the problem” said Conor Mettenburg. “I liked the challenge because it was a real-world application of math. Even though the problem was very challenging it was a lot of fun.

The duo said that they spent 14 hours sequestered in a CCHS classroom working on their solution.

“I think that we’re still recovering from last Saturday” Bryan Murphy told the School Board. “I thing that our brains our fried.”

“As a teacher, this is the kind of activity that you live for” Barbagallo said. “There was real problem solving going on during the competition. Over 3200 students participated in the event.”

Conor Mettenburg (left) and Bryan Murphy competed in the Moody's Mega Math Challenge - Photo Edward Leonard

Barbagallo said that at the end of the event, Mettenburg and Murphy were able to submit a partial solution to the Lake Powell problem and a national winner is expected to be announced in six to eight weeks.

The top six solutions submitted will split $100K in scholarship money Barbagallo said.

 

 

Comments

  1. Cup stacking??? We are wasting our time in gym with cup stacking??? When the kids started this, I thought it was the dumbest thing I have ever seen! Go ahead and tell me that it has so many benefits-I think we need to focus on getting their bodies moving. Let’s get back to the core drills that we need to keep these kids on a healthy path….leave the hand-eye coordination for another class.

    • Now now, Lucy, think about the BENEFITS……

      Good hand-eye coordination skills are developed so these kids will have an edge at getting the many repetitive motion laden manufacturing and service oriented jobs around here. They’re being prepared for their FUTURE.

      • onceandawhile says:

        Or perhaps the unintended eye-hand coridination beneift for these children at this school is that they just may be able to hold up a book and really be able to read it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

      • Bravo RW! I have to agree with you on that one!

        • TheFirstLucy says:

          Just so we don’t get confused about who’s posting what, I have changed my screen name.

    • Unwelcome Outsider says:

      What other class would teach hand-eye coordination?

      Maybe if parents would feed their kids more well-balanced meals, and kick them outside instead of letting them rot in front of the Xbox, we wouldn’t have to spend extra time “getting their bodies moving”.

      Kids move quite a bit on their own, unless they’re packed full of Cheetos and Pepsi.

      • Mr Mister says:

        I hope they built the new gymnasium big enough for all those cups. Talk about a waste of a building. Couldn’t they stack cups in a closet somewhere?

        • Fly on the wall says:

          These are students at Cooley…where a new gym was built a few years ago. Honestly…this is a positive activity that can get intensely competitive. It’s just as worthwhile as chess, or football, or crab soccer, or any other activity. It gets kids moving, and using their brains in a positive manner. To borrow from Reepacheep, “You people have no imagination.”

      • Mr Mister says:

        How about a class focused on Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake? Can’t get more hand-eye coordination than that. Maybe next year. Did this teacher go to college for years to teach cup stacking? I can’t believe the county pays for this. Might as well have a substitute teacher for this class. [redacted] what ever happened to exercise?

        • Roscoe Evans says:

          You proved your ignorance with your first post, Mister. There’s no need to further tax yourself.

        • Richie Blick says:

          Mr. Mister, [redacted] Read my blurb below to educate yourself. The school/tax payers do not pay for this after-school activity and Mrs. Lowell volunteers her time for it. When is the last time you were in a gym class? Are you a teacher? Do you have young kids right now? Heck, they finally got a Gym at Cooley – took 30+ years to get one. — Richie Blick

    • Wow, eye hand coordination is in every sport. basketball, football volleyball….

      Give it a chance…if it does not work…then we will listen to you!

    • Richie Blick says:

      I personally challenge you to try it, then judge. Have you ever played? Or else be quiet. My kids are healthy, smart, extremely active, and LOVE cup stacking especially int he winter. — Richie Blick

  2. Mr Mister says:

    I’m glad to see that these kid will letter in cup stacking. Who needs real sports?

    • Richie Blick says:

      Mr. Mister, you really are a cyber bully. Get a life. I have 4 kids under 8. How about you? — Richie Blick

  3. Laura Bohall says:

    Kudos to the Cooley PE teacher for teaching elementary-age children a positive, rewarding SPORT which will develop IMPORTANT skills (hand-eye coordination) needed to succeed at the jr high and high school level. My 4th grade twins would LOVE to attend these classes!! Core-drills are essential, yes, and are focused on throughout the school year, and no, this is not a sport one can letter in. So what? These are elementary aged children!
    This is a positive article, folks. Let’s try to keep it that way and commend a teacher and her students! Gracious!

    • Wendy George says:

      Way to go, DG Cooley PE! The children love it – Ms. Lowell started a cup stacking club after school for the last 6 weeks. There were SO many children from all the grades that wanted to be apart that it needed to be separated for only 3 meetings each for Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5. This is only 1 small part of the year so far – Earlier this year, Ms. Lowell “converted” the Gym into “Cooley Wipeout”. It was awesome to see the children in the obstacle course.

      Remember the children have only 45 minutes A WEEK of PE activity!

      • homeschooler says:

        A teacher surfing the web during planning period. Another reason I opt out.

        • Roscoe Evans says:

          Your attitude about other people will likely give your child a significant enough handicap to overcome, homeschooler. You may want to reconsider the benefits of socializing with peers in an educational setting: i.e., school.

  4. I will commend a teacher when I see she is doing something worthy of praise. This is a waste of time.

    Let’s get the kids active in both mind AND body, Mrs. Lowell. Not everyone thinks you should be worthy of the praise that you seek.

    What’s next: see who can stare at somebody the longest? Oh wait, let’s find the benefit of staring, shall we?

    Ridiculous.

    • Unwelcome Outsider says:

      Perhaps if you saw how excited and enthusiastic the kids are about this activity, you’d think twice about pronouncing it a “waste of time”.

      But go ahead and keep slamming Mrs. Lowell’s efforts if it makes you feel better. I’m sure you won’t mind sharing with us what you are doing to ensure your children are on a “healthy path”.

      • Handgun training and hunting skills, AP and IB classes at the HS, college next. Self sufficiency is priority one!

        • Bill Thomas says:

          Let’s not forget socialist conspiracy theories, forcing others to confirm to our beliefs, and of course trickle down economics really do trickle down.

      • Mr Mister says:

        They probably as enthused about Guitar Hero too! I guess this gets them ready for the dishwasher job at Ruby Tuesdays.

        • Wax on, wax off!

        • Michelle says:

          If you’d do a little research, you’d see that hand-eye coordination is important in a lot of professions. Next time you go in for laparoscopic surgery, you’d better hope your surgeon has logged a little video game time.

    • Tony Parrott says:

      I didn’t read an article that was looking for teacher praise; sounded more like praise for the children that were participating. When I was a kid is was a rubik’s cube, now its cup stacking. Every generation has something that seems like a waste of time to the older generation. Kudos for finding something that the kids are interested in. And let’s not forget the math kids; good job to all of them.

      Oh wait, maybe we can have a contest to see who is negative the longest; Lucy won.

      • Mr Mister says:

        Did your gym teacher hold Rubix cube classes? You get my point!

      • Why else would she drag herself and students to a school board meeting to demonstrate this “skill”. She’s looking for a pat on the back.

        The school board should review her lesson plans because I really don’t see how this “skill” meets the criteria for physical fitness.

        No need to re-invent the wheel. Let’s just keep the kids moving.

    • dontaskme says:

      praise Mrs. Lowell seeks? what planet are you on? please point out specifically in the article where Mrs. Lowell sought out praise? Get a life. [redacted]

    • TheFirstLucy says:

      The only thing “ridiculous” about all this is your comments. You either have quite an axe to grind with this teacher, or you felt that the message board at CDN was getting boring.

    • say what says:

      Lucy, again, do you have small kids? I do – I have 4 under 8. When is the last time you tried cup-stacking? When is the last time you saw anyone cup-stacking? [redacted]

  5. I cannot believe what I am reading! This brings new opportunity to those that are not able to play in your soccer games or your basketball teams. This brings fun for the kids that struggle every day with asthma or other disabilities. It brought all types of kids together and they bonded. For all those that are bashing, I guess your children are the bullies that my kid comes home crying about frequently. As for getting outside and exercising, maybe you should try blowing off some of your steam and take your butt outside with the rest of us that are cup stacking in the cul-de-sac.. It is fun and competitive..I am sure my child could take you on any day!

    • No to get off the subject, but I am very concerned if your child is coming home frequenntly crying over bullying. Please get him/her some support/help. Please do not rely on the school system to handle the bullying thing-it’s simply a liability they care not to discuss/deal with. Bullying can be very traumatic for a child and can have life altering consequences. There are a list of psychologist in the Winchester area who deal specifically with these issues. I wish you luck.

      • Lonnie Bishop says:

        Sunny..[redacted] To provide misinformation about what the schools are doing to deal with bullying is just wrong. My own niece and nephew have had run-ins with bullies, and I know for a fact that their schools sure did an awful lot to not only consequence the bully, but to support them as they dealt with it and its effects. One is in elementary school, and one is at the middle school. For you to pop off so nose-in-the-air really says more about you than anything.

        • I’m happy things turned out well for your family. However, that they had run-ins( plural)is unacceptable for any child.

          That you were informed of the discipline/consequences of the offenders is equally more disturbing, and against Federal law concerning students privacy.

          • Lonnie Bishop says:

            Ma’am, the school did not tell me, or their parents, about the consequences. Students talk, and that’s how it became known. Don’t look for a bogeyman behind every bush.

            Life presents run-ins with bullies, malcontents, and those who wish to hurt. Some do so in person, and some show up on message threads like this and fire off blanket slams against others or the schools. Either way, harm is done.

          • Thank-you for recognizing that, your words, “harm is done”.

            However, according to VDOE, there have been no instances of bullying OR any consequences of such by ANY elementary school student in CCPS reported, by federal mandate, in the years 2006-2010.

            So, was there truly any bullying, or was it, as CCPS reports a “misunderstanding and a lack of parental understanding/involvement of bullying” on your family’s part?

          • Doug Landry says:

            Lady, it seems that you won’t let soemthing go so you can continue your fishing trip to find some juicy morsel to then belittle the schools. Give it a rest…Lonnie seems to have told ya all he’s gonna tell ya; the rest ain’t none of your business.

          • Well, just to prove the point; I ain’t no lady-last time I checked!

  6. PositiveInfluence says:

    You do realize the bulk of the excitement and time spent was done in an after school club right? Yes they did it in PE also, but they were certainly also being quite active! The kids LOVED this… and it got them quite excited about school in general! Kudos to Mrs Lowell – we love you and the kids had the BEST time with the cup stacking! keep up the good work!!!

  7. Monica Singh-Smith says:

    FINALLY some positive comments! This article is about the accomplishments of our kids – cup stacking OR math – the point is these kids are excited! This PE program has been nothing short of fantastic…WIPEOUT obstacle courses, volleyball, hockey, basketball, Jump Rope for Heart, cup stacking, relay races, gatorball AND SO MUCH MORE! Ms. Lowell doesn’t seek praise but she DOES deserve it! With all the crazy things going on, we’re really this hostile about cup stacking!?? Our kids (and this school system) need our support and encouragement, so more power to Ms. Lowell and all our other teachers! YOU have my support and my appreciation!

  8. Affected Resident says:

    Much praise to all. This is time that these children have spent together that has possibly kept them from being home alone or roaming the streets. It is teaching them that all people can get along in a team setting and that all are contributing. To children this is something great. Don’t ruin it. Be proud of them for putting forth the effort.

  9. April O'Leary says:

    Amy Lowell you deserve much praise for ALL the enthusiasm you have instilled in your students this year!! I was amazed when looking at the pictures which children stood up in front of the meeting and participated. I know of at least two in these pictures who are by nature extremely shy so, kudos to you for finding something they felt comfortable sharing with so many.

    To all the students in the article, both elementary and high school . . . great job getting involved with whatever school activities peaked your interests. It’s important in life to enjoy what time you have and become well rounded individuals.

  10. livein22611 says:

    To make negative comments about this article, the teacher, and the kids is pathetic. Get a life. [redacted]

  11. parent of cupstacker says:

    Why must everything be so intense for children? This is a fun activity that does provide eye-hand coordination, rhythm and focus. My son LOVES this club and talks about it all the time. He is a straight A student and a great athlete, so don’t even go there.

    I observed this teacher’s class the other day, and she did an amazing job teaching volleyball to the children of 2nd grade. As a teacher at Shenandoah University who specializes in education of young children, I would say her methods of working with the children not only teach the children leadership, (children leading exercises for their peers,) but the basics of volleyball, including score-keeping, rotation, the rules of the game, team work and yes, skill. She has a great demeanor with the children.

    Please refrain from being so judgmental and smearing a wonderful teacher who sacrifices daily and in very creative ways to bring excitement to the classroom.

    Elementary education is an art-form.

  12. I, for one, am beyond excited to see these kids excited about school, cup stacking, and the teacher. It’s about time that we get a teacher who is bold enough to go outside of the box. I think it’s great that Mrs. Lowell has exposed these children to such a diverse group of activities and games. As a member of the cup stacking club, my son has really blossomed. His self confidence has been improved, his interest in video games and TV has DECREASED, and if you’ve seen what Mrs. Lowell does with the cup stacking, you know the kids are moving! They come home from the cup stacking club meetings sweating.

    To those that have supported Mrs. Lowell, thank you! Maybe with more positive and supportive parents, our kids will help make this world a brighter place.

    In the meantime, go get ’em Mrs. Lowell!

  13. I have to say as a parent, past employee and current student teacher that it is disturbing to see so many negative comments written from our community members. Until you walk in the shoes of a teacher, as I am now you cannot possibly sit in judgment. I am grateful to Ms. Lowell for providing an activity for my son who is not only a special education student but also asthmatic. He does not like to participate in sports because of both. Ms. Lowell has exposed him to sports, which he really does not do well at, and something he can do well, like cup stacking. It is my job as a parent to provide the proper nutrition and healthy life style for my child. Not to mention it is my job to support my child at home academically and not leave it to the teachers to do alone. Ms. Lowell is helping each child to find something they like and that they are good at. If it weren’t for this exposure we would not have the athlete’s and well rounded student’s we do today. Thank you Ms. Lowell for all your extra hours, great lessons and love for your job and the children.

  14. It’s always amazing what skunks will appear through the anonymity of the web, for no better reason than to have a chance to take potshots at people who are doing far more difficult work, far better than they themselves could ever hope to do it. From what I’ve heard, Ms. Lowell came from another professional background, began substitute teaching while raising her children, and discovered a complete affinity for the teaching field. For several years now, she has been doing wonderful work, including many hours outside the classroom–such as with the cup stacking clubs–which I doubt she’s being compensated for. Clarke County has been blessed with a teacher who has a unique gift for her work, and I hope (and believe) the greater community has sense enough to appreciate her.

    ….And for those of you who think hand-eye coordination is not an important skill, I can only hope that if you ever need surgery, your surgeon doesn’t share your opinion.

    • wow indeed says:

      If only the brain/mouth(finger) coordination of some posters here matched the hand/eye coordination of those Cooley students….

  15. Richie Blick says:

    My name is Richie Blick. I live in Berryville and have for 13 years. I am not hiding behind a fake name on here. I have 3 young kids in Clarke Schools. 1 of them is at Cooley. My daughter is very fit. Smart (all A’s). Well-rounded (swims, water ski’s, camping, Brownie’s). Gorgeous. And she LOVES cup-stacking. So do her friends. She does not play basketball, soccer, baseball or football but she is highly active. This is EXCELLENT especially during the harsh winter.

    Let’s set a few things straight for “Lucy” and “Rightwinger” and “homeschooler” and “Mr. Mister” above since they know-it-all… WE bought and paid for our cup kit. The school may have their own – not sure. We have the glow-in-the-dark kit that is awesome to watch at night. My daughter stayed AFTER school for the classes. Mrs. Lowell VOLUNTEERS her time to do it after school. At first, over the winter, there was in-school learning about the process for a week or two. And my daughter got hooked. It is hard. I am not coordinated and I have Reiters Syndrome arthritis but I WILL CHALLENGE ANY OF YOU NAH-SAYER NEGATIVE CYBER BULLIES TO IT! It works the arms and hands and takes very good concentration. It also was one of the items that lead us to discover that our daughter needed glasses. Go on you tube and watch a video on it. Then sit down and be quiet.

    Mrs. Lowell is highly energetic, creative and FUN! She is very fit and competitive. Best of all, she is a mom with young children. She knows what these kids need to get them going TODAY not 20, 30+ years ago. (by the way we had rubics competitions after school back then) They did “Wipeout” this year. Made TV coverage! Kids LOVED LOVED LOVED it. She is the best thing to happen to these kids in a long time. Just today they had parent/student Gator Ball! My wife took the day off to attend and they did great! Yesterday they had a American Heart Association presented Amy Lowell with an award for the jump rope for heart competition!

    I say get involved. Whether it is playing cards, cup stacking, swinging, curling, or football, get off your butt and do something.

    When it comes to the internet… “You are not successful until you have HATERS.”

    Amy Lowell, WE ‘got’ your back! Keep on keepin on.

    • Mr Mister says:

      Great reply. I’ll be looking for these kids in an upcomimg Olympic event.

      My kid went to Cooley a few years ago and this teacher was cup stacking during her gym class, not after school. This is why I say it is a waste of money. I would rather know my kids are getting exercise than twittling their thumbs in class. I sure it is fun for most, but I am also sure there are some kids who want to play real sports. Not cups, yo-yos, jacks, or pick-up sticks.

      • Richie Blick says:

        I will look for your kids in the Olympics since they only focus on lettering in traditional sports.

        This is Mrs. Lowell’s first year at the Cooley PE program. There are so many sports and inside activities are not ‘letter’ worthy or Olympic Sports, but we do them anyway. Why not get the kids to try different activities? The kids can decide if it is a success or not. Like the lady above said, not all kids care or want to participate in traditional sports. Especially 7, 8 & 9 year olds. Not JV or Varsity athletics. And especially in the winter months. It took around 30 years for the school board to build a gym at Cooley Elementary – so we are grateful for what we have. It is a good multi-use space. It is not a basketball court gym. And the program is well-rounded, the kids will learn about many sports through the elementary years. And I am sure the school has their own set of Speed Stacking cups but we all bought our own. The (volunteer) after school sections of Speed my daughter takes her own set and so does everyone else. Lowell introduced the kids to the sport during gym class for maybe a week or two at the most. I would encourage you to visit the class to see for yourself before proclaiming it as twiddling of the thumbs.

        • If this is so wonderful, why isn’t Boyce Elementary doing it as well?

          • Richie Blick says:

            I don’t know anything about Boyce Elem. Do you? I live in Berryville. I would assume they after after school winter clubs as well. This weekend in my home 7 kids and 3 adults got together to do Speed Stacking one night. And one of the kids is in 1st grade from Lucketts Elem and her school also participated. It brought 3 families together. Do you think this is a bad thing RW? — Richie Blick

      • dontaskme says:

        Not sure how that could be given that this is Mrs. Lowell’s first year as PE teacher at Cooley. How is cup stacking preventing your kids from participating in other sports anyway?

        • Richie Blick says:

          Is that question for me? Speed Stacking is not preventing my kids from other sports. They are highly active in plenty of other sports and tons of family oriented activities that do not require the rest of us (including a 15 month old) to sit in bleachers or folding chairs and watch.

  16. Richie Blick says:

    My daughter correct me – it is “SPEED STACKING” not just stacking cups. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HczP-vSadNM is one of the many you tube links. Check it out! Then comment!!!

  17. Richie Blick says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQTS8wMnOpM and another on Regis and Kelly!

  18. Karen Curtis-Blick says:

    As an educator, I am surprised that any negative comments would result from a teacher taking the initiative to energize students, introduce them to a new skill and provide opportunities outside of school for the taught skill to improve. I took it upon myself to review the Virgina P.E. SOL Standards for 2nd-5th grades and found that Mrs. Lowell successfully incorporated at least one criterion from each of the 5 standards listed on the VA DOE website. SOL 1 Skilled Movement; SOL 2 Movement Principles and Concepts; SOL 3 Personal Fitness; SOL 4 Responsible Behaviors; and SOL 5 Physically Active Lifestyle. Most of the SOL Standards listed above had several, if not all, of the criteria met through Sport Stacking. In addition to the VA SOL standards, student engagement in Sport Stacking gave them the opportunity to meet the National Standards of Physical Education and the standards set by the NASPE (National Association of Sports and Physical Education):
    Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
    Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
    Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
    Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
    Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
    Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

    I would hope that those who view Sports Stacking as negative analyze the skills students develop as a result of this activity and applaud the teacher who, with enthusiasm and a high level of commitment, gave students the opportunity to be successful at one more thing in their life. And in most cases brought friends and families together through Sport Stacking.

    Thank you Amy Lowell. You are a great teacher and terrific role model for our students to follow as they engage in sports and a variety of physical activities.