Collaborative efforts ignite passion for science

Mentoring Success: Whitewater High Science National Honor Society Helps Minter Students Soar in Science Competitions

For the past three years, Whitewater High School Science National Honor Society students have been volunteering to mentor Sara Harp Minter Elementary School’s Science Olympiad team. These mentors visit the Mountain Lions on Friday mornings and bring hands-on activities and games to help the students understand and strengthen their knowledge for the county competition.

The mentors not only help the students prepare for competitions but also support them during big events. They are passionate about science, as evidenced by their involvement with Whitewater’s STEAM bus. This shared passion for science has led some students to continue competing in Science Olympiad even in middle school.

Minter enrichment teacher Stacy McClanahan, 1st-grade teacher Kristi Soong, and Whitewater High science teachers Kathryn Dupree and Shelley Kozlowski work together to facilitate this collaboration between the students. The goal is to inspire a love for science and build relationships within the Whitewater community. The mentors from Whitewater High demonstrate a strong desire to develop relationships and mentor the Mountain Lions, for which Minter is grateful.

This collaboration has been a huge success, with many of the Minter students going on to compete in Science Olympiad at higher levels. The support from Whitewater High School has been instrumental in helping these young scientists develop their skills and pursue their passion for science. As they continue to grow, it is clear that this collaboration will have a lasting impact on their lives, both academically and personally.

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