Bay View 8th Grade Student Wins Global Fan.School Challenge

Kirk and Mr Allen holding a check
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Kirk McMeen was recently recognized as the Student Snapshot in The Current, HSSD's internal newsletter. 

Kirk McMeen won the gold medal of the Fan.School Olympic Challenge. This summer, McMeen researched and evaluated which countries he predicted would win the most medals at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. McMeen’s predictions earned him first place in the world. 

“Kirk exhibited critical thinking skills, conducted thorough research and evaluation, and acted as a true solutionist,” said Jerome Allen, Bay View social studies teacher. “Because of this, he figured out the best combination of anyone in the world.” 

In addition he published articles in coordination with the competition. 

As the winner of this contest, McMeen earned an iPad and $1,000 for Allen, his faculty adviser. 

Allen said, “For this contest specifically, what really stood out was his excitement for the task and his analytical abilities that he was able to find the best combinations of countries, which ultimately resulted in him winning the contest. I think these traits also serve him very well as a student in general as well.”

Students earned 30 points for each gold medal, 20 for silver, and 10 for bronze as their selected countries competed in the Olympics. McMeen finished with a total score of 6,870. Second place finished with 6,490.

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