Higher Achievement Hosts Olympics of the Mind
500 Middle School Students Participate
August 1, 2008 – Higher Achievement hosted its annual Olympics of the Mind event today. The event was created two years ago to showcase the academic talents of the more than 500 middle school scholars. Olympics of the Mind is an exciting day that caps off a summer of learning at Higher Achievement’s five educational enrichment centers, four in Washington, DC, and one in Alexandria, VA. This year’s event was hosted by Higher Achievement’s Alexandria Achievement Center, Hammond Elementary School.
“The Olympics of the Mind is a chance for our scholars to show how hard they have worked over the summer,” said Lynsey Wood Jeffries, Higher Achievement Executive Director of DC Metro. “You combine academic savvy with old fashioned team work and healthy competition, and you have our Olympics of the Mind event, where academics are celebrated and champions shine.”
Field games, Brain Quest, and math bowls challenged the fifth through eighth-grade scholars to work diligently and earn points for their Achievement Centers. Competition was intense, and teamwork was evident throughout the long day of the tournament. In the end, the Ward 7 Achievement Center was crowned as Most Spirited, and the Ward 4 Achievement Center took home the title of Olympics of the Mind Champions for a second year.