May 25, 2017
The 7th Annual Scholastic Spectacular was held on Saturday, May 20 at Sidney Sawyer Elementary School on Chicago’s southwest side. This exciting event put the YMCA mission into motion as 11 Y Community Schools teams of 5th-8th graders competed in an academic quiz bowl-style competition in front of cheering classmates, teachers, principals, family members and YMCA supporters.
For photos of the event, click here.
For the past two months, YMCA Community School students practiced in teams after school to master various subject matter areas and showcase their skills in front of an audience of their peers, teachers, parents and YMCA supporters. These prep sessions not only helped build the students’ knowledge, setting them up for greater academic success moving forward, but also helped them develop critical social-emotional skills such as collaboration, self-confidence and perseverance.
At the Scholastic Spectacular, students were tested on their knowledge of geography, literature, grammar, history and more. In between the rounds of academic competition, the audience was treated to the full range of talents our Y Community School students possess. The Carroll-Rosenwald Lyrical Dancers wowed the crowd with an amazingly acrobatic dance routine to the song “Bollywood and Vine” and also performed to the song “My Pumps.” The Edwards Elementary dance group The Golden Charms put on a great performance to Ed Sheeran’s “The Shape of You,” and the Libby Elementary dancers gave a rousing preview of their upcoming spring musical by performing “Candy Man” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
After three rounds of exciting competition, three teams had advanced to the championship round: Edwards, Hampton and Carroll-Rosenwald. In the championship round, Carroll-Rosenwald convincingly captured the coveted championship trophy, winning the event for the first time. Winning team member Jermaine Purse said, “We all had so much fun and worked so hard.” Teammate Jeremiah Wright added, “I think Ms. Dezia (Y-CSI staff member and coach) was more surprised than anyone. I know she was the most proud.”
“Over the past 7 years, the Scholastic Spectacular has become our Community Schools Initiative’s signature event because it truly showcases the incredible range of our students’ talents, from their academic prowess to their artistic flair to their poise under pressure,” says Eric Werge, Executive Director of the Y’s Community Schools Initiative. “The event also clearly demonstrates to our students, both those participating and those in our audience, that academic and artistic achievement is cool and worth striving for as they become young leaders in their schools and communities.”
Congratulations to all of our participating Y Community Schools students and we look forward to seeing you all next year at the 8th Annual Scholastic Spectacular!
Participating YMCA Community Schools: