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Awards and Competitions and Next Year

posted Mar 15, 2015, 4:38 AM by Michael Reilly
Spring is traditionally awards and competitions season, the culmination of the year, and this season is no different.  We're so proud of our students and our program in general!

On March 1, we had 15 of our young ladies recognized by the National Center of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Georgia's division for their active participation in technology.  Emily Polanco, a CDAT 11th grade student, was a State winner AND a National runner-up for her tech work and aspirations.  All of the ladies were recognized, had a great banquet, and met folks from great companies such as Home Depot, State Farm, Georgia Tech and more.  They keynote speaker was Kathy Pham, a Georgia Tech grad, Google manager, member of the White House Digital Service Leadership, and an amazing role model for our ladies.

(about 25% of the young ladies pictured are CDAT!!)

We also had a great showing at the County Science Fair, taking home numerous 2nd and 3rd place finishes.  Of course, neither students nor teachers were happy without a first place, so we're going to try and conquer other contests like the Google Science Fair!  Ethan Shaw and Analise Rodriguez were actual presenters at the County Science Fair Symposium, one of only 9 groups chosen and the only 9th graders we've aware of EVER receiving this honor.

Our staff has also been asked to present numerous times, helping others shape PBL environments in their schools.  Mr. Reilly has presented to multiple district leadership meetings on CDAT, PBL and innovation, and a few CDAT teachers are currently planning our summer PBL training where we anticipate up to 700 teachers.

On the planning front, our estimates for the Fall of 2015 are 415 students.  Wow.  A jump of about 100 from this year, and a massive leap from our "CDAT Originals" group of 30 in the Fall of 2010.  As we grow, we hope to continue the feeling of community, the focus on rigorous work, and amazing accomplishments of our students and staff.