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 Cuthbertson Middle School's Rhea Shetty is UCPS spelling bee champ photo

Cuthbertson Middle School's Rhea Shetty is UCPS spelling bee champ

 It only took 12 rounds for eighth-grade Cuthbertson Middle School student Rhea Shetty to become the 2015 UCPS Spelling Bee champion. She took the title by correctly spelling the word “tawdry,” which was originally a Greek word that passed into Latin. It’s an adjective that means cheap and gaudy in appearance or quality. Her parents are Rohit and Shri Shetty. Sandy Ridge Elementary third-grader Katie Tieu was the runner up in this year’s spelling bee. She is the daughter of Anthony and Cindy Tieu.

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Restaurant Shark Tank

Students in Mr. Cox’s eighth-grade health class participated in an assignment called “Restaurant Shark Tank”. The students worked in groups to create their own restaurant. They had to research marketing, menus, calorie counts, the atmosphere, and other qualities that would make a restaurant appealing to consumers. The students named their restaurants, created menus and pitched their restaurant to a panel of CMS Sharks. During the process, the students’ awareness was heightened about the many common menu items that are available in most restaurants and their nutritional facts. Students were surprised to find out that many of their favorite food choices are extremely unhealthy and worked to create a menu that offered healthy options. The two Shark Tank panels consisted of Mr. Murray, Mrs. Lonon, Mrs. Williams, and Mr. Marcello, Mrs. Smith and Ms. Bradford. The panel grilled the students on their concepts and gave feedback about the menus, names of the restaurants, and food choices. Through this experience, the students gained presentation skills and learned how to make better food choices when eating out.

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