Galion Middle School students catch Olympic spirit

March 9, 2018

GMS Olympics-1Students at Galion Middle School caught the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics thanks to an idea that started with the 2014 Winter Olympics that only involved seventh grade students at that time.

The school-wide project started February 22 with a work day where students were randomly put into groups consisting of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Each group was given a country to research, and from this research they created a poster that was carried as part of the Parade of Countries during the GMS Olympics Day Friday, March 2.

“Student country groups researched their country’s flag, type of government, longitude and latitude, continent, capital city, a map of the country, the country’s symbol, slogans, and any famous Olympians,” said Jill Fenner, seventh grade teacher. “Students also had the opportunity to use their ‘Think Win-Win’ Lead skills when they were required to select a team leader based on academics, behavior, and character of what a leader should be.”

Students volunteered to lead the school announcements, providing information on the day’s medal counts, history of certain events, countries and Olympic champions the week of the GMS Olympic Day. All the Olympic- related announcements were written in Mr. Troy Yunker's Social Studies classes.

“Students were given a choice of two Olympic movies to view, ‘Miracle’ or ‘Cool Runnings’,” said Yunker. “These movies were selected because they encompass what it means to be part of a team and the drive needed to achieve unthinkable goals.”

The GMS Olympics Day began with a Parade of Countries, followed by a Welcome speech by sixth-grade student Wyatt Estep and the Lighting of Cauldron speech by seventh-grade student Julia Conner. Mr. Joe Morabito, Galion Middle School Principal made the final run and lighting of the torch, followed by an Opening Ceremony speech from Grayden Pierce, an eighth-grade student.

Students then competed in various team events, earning points winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The GMS Olympic Day concluded with the anthem from the gold medal winning country.

“All the teachers and staff were great in taking on this day,” said Fenner. “We are already looking at ways to improve this day in the future and provide our students with additional school-wide unit opportunities like the Olympics Day!”

The GMS Olympic Gold Medal was won by the team of students representing Puerto Rico (Chloe Ard, Brodyn Butcher, Anieona Collier, Lillian Ebner, Jake Hawk, Brilynn Herrera, Max Hornbeck, Emily McDonald, Paige Mitchell, Autumn Mullins, Carter Smith, Hannah Smith, Angel Strickler and Anthony Estremera).

The Silver Medal was won by the team of students representing South Africa (Jaidyn Amore, Dakota Barnes, Ethan Christian, Wyatt Estep, Taylor Henry, Erik Hilario, Devin Johnson, Iverson Meacham, Ma-lek Moore, Destany Palaisa, Curtis Smith, Andy Sparks and Keely Tanner).

The team of students representing Great Britain (Sam Albert, Chase Burton, Hanif Donaldson, Landan Eaton, Amanda Harvey, Jameson Hollis, Torrie Keeton, Carson McCleese, Jillian Milner, Emma Moore, Madysen Siegenthal, Isabelle Slone and Miranda Stone) won the Bronze Medal.

“All of the students did a tremendous job working on their projects for their respective countries,” said Joe Morabito, Galion Middle School Principal. “The Olympic Day was a great way to cap off a great educational experience for students and our staff.”

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