On March 20th, PMSA students competed against more than 80 students from 26 area high schools in the 2010 DuPage County Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics competition. The year-long competition requires intense research, dedication, and scholarly excellence. Two Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy seniors took home the gold and the bronze for their outstanding research and presentations.
PMSA seniors Chinelo Agwuncha of Westchester and Tiffany Sanders of Hillside came out on top in the competition with students from across the region. The students were eligible to compete in various categories including: science, humanities, business, performing arts, and visual arts.
Sanders was awarded a bronze medal (3rd place) in the business category. She created and presented a business plan for an educational CD-Rom for children, which she hopes to patent in the future.
“This was a great experience and a lot of fun,” said Sanders. "I had to develop a business plan and present it to the judges. I was graded on how well I knew my product and on my overall analysis of how my product would perform in the market. It was so much fun. All of the students worked really hard to get their presentations ready for the judges. It was a lot of work, but you have to get used to working a lot if you want to be successful.”
Agwuncha was awarded a gold medal (1st place) in science for her research on the impact of environmental factors on teenagers’ diets. Because Agwuncha won 1st place, she will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to compete July 7th - July 11th in the National ACT-SO finals. Agwuncha says she was well prepared for her research thanks to PMSA’s strong foundation of research and inquiry.
“I am so appreciative that our school has a research program that prepared me to do the work,” said Agwuncha. “ACT-SO re-enforced the importance of research. It was a great experience.”
Congratulations Chinelo and Tiffany! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
Sponsored by College of DuPage, the DuPage County branch of the NAACP and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.