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Isaac Bear Takes Top Honors at Entrepreneurship, Math and Science Competitions

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Congratulations to Isaac Bear Early College High School! Students took top honors at several recent competitions in entrepreneurship, mathematics and science.

Chancellor’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition – April 12

Isaac Bear juniors Jenin Albumazen and Trinity Starr Lowe earned 1st place in the Social Enterprise division at the fourth annual Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition held April 12 on the UNCW campus. The students will split $1,500 for their winning “Breathalyzer Car” entry. 

Peter Chryst earned 2nd place in the For-Profit category of the competition with his “Reusawear” project. He will take home $1000.

Dan Schmidt, Isaac Bear Career Development Coordinator, coached students for the business competition, presented annually by UNCW in partnership with Chancellor Sartarelli and UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The event is open to students in 50 high schools in 18 counties in Southeastern North Carolina including Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Scotland, and Wayne.

North Carolina Mathematics Competitions

Isaac Bear students Max StoumenJ.J Guo and Owen Deen competed in the North Carolina State High School Mathematics Contest on April 11. Stoumen, who took 1st place in the regional High School Mathematics competition held at UNCW on March 26, placed 28th in the state, the highest an Isaac Bear student has ever placed in the annual competition.

The Isaac Bear team was the overall Division Two winner at the regional math competition. Guo came in third, Deen placed fourth and Hanna Azizi took ninth place. Additional participants from Isaac Bear were Yasmin Azizi, Andy Cheung, Andreea Chirica, Stefano Dongowski, George Karadzhov, Erica Li and Grayson Syster.

Isaac Bear mathematics teacher Taylor Spear coached the winning team.

FBLA Competition – April 4

Twenty-six Isaac Bear students competed at the North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America competition, held March 25-27 in Greensboro, with four qualifying for nationals:

  • Grayson Lynch (9th) - 4th Place in Advertising
  • Sophia Sload (11th) - 4th Place in Database Design and Applications
  • Ella Headlee (10th) - 4th Place in Job Interview
  • Ugochukwu Odibo (9th) - 3D Animation (Event starts at Nationals)

Additional Top 10 Finalists:

  • Tab Taylor (10th) - Accounting II
  • Mary Brennan (10th) - Emerging Business Issues
  • Ricky Vinici (10th) - Entrepreneurship
  • Victoria Crunkleton (10th) - Insurance & Risk Management
  • David Link (10th) - Introduction to Business
  • Om Patel (10th) - Introduction to Information Technology
  • Julia Narvaez-Munguia (10th) - Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Mac Humphreys and Ian Peplow (9th) - Publication Design
  • Alison Schultz (10th) - Word Processing

Isaac Bear CTE teacher Melissa Julian coordinates the school’s FBLA program.

North Carolina Science Competitions

Isaac Bear also had a strong showing at the 2019 Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair in February and the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad in March.

Zane Dash was awarded the honor of best overall project at the Regional Science Fair, held February 16 at UNCW’s Watson College of Education. Hanna and Yasmin Azizi, George Karadzhov, Tab Taylor and Varun Vardarjan were also first place finishers, and Grayson Brinkley and Eleanor Minehold were second place finishers at the event. All of the students went on to compete at the state level in March.

Science teacher Bryan Bishop coached Isaac Bear’s winning team.

Isaac Bear was also a top place finisher and winner of the Division C Spirit Award at the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad, held March 2 at UNCW.