It is never too late to recognize wonderful achievements. Several Franklin students deserve mention for recent accomplishments.
Varun Iyer, an eighth grader last year at FMS, is continuing to compete with his 8th Grade Science Project. He is one of the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists.
Please see https://www.societyforscience.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=963 e , for the list of finalists.
Each finalist is being awarded all-expense paid 4-days trip to Washington,D.C., to compete for more than $40,000 in cash prizes. For more details about Broadcom MASTERS, see http://www.societyforscience.org/MASTERS/
As per their press release, "Broadcom Foundation and Elmer’s® Products, Inc, the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS official classroom partner, also recognize the middle school teachers who have inspired and mentored the finalists. Elmer’s will award each finalist classroom with merchandise, rewards and a $125 Walmart gift card, and Broadcom Foundation will give each finalist school $1,000. "
You can view the press release at http://www.societyforscience.org/document.doc?id=420
Raegan Koebler is currently a 6th Grader at FMS. At the age of 8 she swam 150 laps to raise money to rebuild the orphanage in Haiti that her best friend, Ruthie Hill, lived in. In 1 hr 17 minutes of non-stop swimming she raised over $8,500 for Haiti. At the end of 3 months she raised a grand total of over $85,000! Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Speedo, etc. have all contacted Rae to applaud her efforts. Rae is currently only $2,000 away from raising the money necessary to build the Rae of Sunshine Schoolhouse in Ruuska Village, Haiti. Raegan has also donated money to the Steve Irwin to eliminate the slaughter of whales by the Japanese and has collected and distributed thousands of books to low-income elementary aged children in Springfield. Another one of her projects in "the works" is a project entitled "Caps 4 a Cause" that will raise money for different causes around the world. Rae has conducted several meetings with the Conoco Phillips corporate managers to partner with her on this venture. USA swimming has featured Raegan in "Splash" magazine and she was also the feature story of "American Girl Magazine" with Ruthie.
Damien Pierce, Austin Alderman & Peyton Fine, all 8th graders at FMS, were members of the Springfield Fury (13 and under baseball team) and competed in the Sandy Kofax World Series held in Battlecreek, Michigan this summer.