The Middle School held a Junior Beta Induction Ceremony on Friday in the Theater. Our speaker was Mrs. Blanche Hancock, O’Neal Alum and Director of College Counseling at The O’Neal School. Inducted into Jr. Beta were seventh graders Ally Baldelli, Alex Dymond, Andrew Phan, Stefan Woolley and eighth graders Claire Conti and Cayleigh Ana Kruse.
– Fourteen O’Neal Upper School students were inducted into the National Honor Society on Tuesday, April 8th. During the ceremony, current members presented each of the four characteristics of membership: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students must demonstrate excellence in these areas, in addition to maintaining a certain grade point average to be considered for the National Honor Society. The standard GPA for induction to the National Honor Society is 3.0; however The O’Neal School requires a 3.60 GPA for consideration.
The O’Neal School Board of Trustees and the Robbins Scholars Benefit Committee are hosting The Robbins Scholars Evening in honor of Alice Robbins who has served O’Neal in many capacities since its beginning. This event will benefit the Robbins Scholarship. The cocktail reception, dinner and presentation will be held at the Pinehurst Country Club – Members Club on May 12th at 6:00 p.m..
The 7th grade science students participated in an engineering competition designed by Mr. Grayson and Mr. Williamson. They were asked to design and construct a vehicle that would be based on Newton’s 3rd Law of motion. Two 9 inch balloons were the only sources of power they were allowed to have, and the vehicles had to travel a minimum of 1.5 meters. In Mr. Williamson’s class, Zoie Howes constructed the winning vehicle that completed the 1.5 meter course fastest while also traveling the furthest total distance of 6.22 meters. Mr. Grayson’s class used the first set of races as research opportunities and they will be building their vehicles in the near future.
Eight Middle School students and five family members traveled to Costa Rica over spring break to explore the wondrous environment and culture of the country under the coordination of Middle School Science Teacher and now Middle School Director, David Williamson. They traveled through the markets of San Jose and surrounding towns, explored the rainforests of ManuelAntonioNational Park, visited the Arenal and Poas Volcano, and went to school at the CountryDay School in Escazu. On return the students are preparing a presentation to show to the school and writing articles to submit to the paper. It was a fantastic experience that will stick with the students for a lifetime.