Students at Rocky Heights MS were mad about March Madness!
Syra Taub was thrilled to attend Tourney
Town and see her winning essay on display.
By Amy Shanahan, photos courtesy of Dena Taub and Erin Millage
Students at Rocky Heights recently participated in the Middle School Madness program, which encouraged the kids to learn from the positive examples set by women’s basketball athletes. The program had several components, including classroom curriculums as well as an art and writing contest.
For ten weeks leading up to the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Denver, students participated in the NCAA Pinnacle of Fitness Program. This program, which was sponsored by the NCAA and Wilson Sporting Goods, allowed the kids to track their fitness and food goals for ten weeks, by logging their exercise and food intake. On April 1, the students who completed the program were able to go to the Pepsi Center to participate in the Mile High Dribble and receive a free basketball and t-shirt.
Several students participated in an essay contest based on the theme “What is the power of youth? – making a difference in your community.” Seventh grade student Syra Taub was one of four “Best Essay” winners chosen by the program’s coordinators, and she will be awarded a free laptop computer! “I was really excited to win!” remarked Taub. “When I wrote the essay I thought about what kids do that adults don’t consider kids are capable of.” Taub’s essay was displayed in Tourney Town, the NCAA fan epicenter in the Colorado Convention Center, throughout the Women’s Final Four weekend.
Additionally, four eighth grade students participated in the Mural Contest, which was based on the same theme. Their mural was displayed at the Pepsi Center during the Tourney Town on April 1 and 3.