Excellence in Youth

Westside Community Schools

February 2023 Recap


The Excellence in Youth (EY) Program at Westside Community Schools provides expanded learning opportunities for students with high ability, in addition to fostering and encouraging talent development in all students.
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Marian Math Contest

On Feb. 11, seven Westside girls participated in the 6th Annual Marian Middle School Math contest. Out of 44 seventh graders, Emma Stromp from WMS placed 5th. Out of 36 sixth graders, Whitney Leach from Rockbrook placed 1st, Keira Ortmann of Loveland placed 4th, and Grace Stromquist of Prairie placed 10th. Whitney Leach and Lucy Batement of Rockbrook were 2 of the 3 students on the 6th grade team that came in first place. Other Westside participants included Abigail Stigge of WMS, Libby Eckstein of Hillside. Congrats to all these amazing mathletes!

National Math League Contest

During the month of February, sixth (and some fifth) grade EY students participated in the Math League Press contest. Congratulations to these students for being top scorers in each school!


1st - Luke B. (3rd in Pre-Alg)

2nd - Jackson W.

3rd - Sammie M.


1st - Keira O.

2nd - Kocis K. & Charlotte A.

3rd - Sonali S.


1st - Jasper W.S. (2nd in Pre-Alg)

2nd - Graham H.

3rd - Dom D.

Paddock Road


Prairie Lane

1st - Michael W.

2nd - Joseph K.

3rd - Maggie M. & Sawyer W.


1st - Whitney L. (1st in Pre-Alg)

2nd - Maxfield V. (tie 4th in Pre-Alg)

3rd - Charlie P.

Sunset Hills

1st - Max G. (tie 4th in Pre-Alg)

2nd - Colin A., Antonio B., Toby S.

3rd - Alice


1st - Rex M.

2nd - Owen E.

3rd - Alexander Y.




1st - Remi K.

2nd - Nathaniel A. and Kanna M.

3rd - Olivia B.

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22-23 Digital Dozen Winners!

Most Recent Digital Dozen - Congratulations!

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Charlie S., Max G., Abram B. and Beckett S. from Sunset, Peter B. from Swanson and Stella D. from Prairie Lane as the most recent recipients of the Digital Dozen award for the 22-23 school year! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and Charlie should be proud of this accomplishment!

2nd Digital Dozen!

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Karnitha from Swanson as the most recent recipient of the Digital Dozen award for this school year! This is the second award for Karnitha this school year. Her favorite badge was the Who Was Adventure App. She is currently working on the Newzbrain badge.

Congratulations, Karnitha!

Shout Out - Half Way There!

The EY Team would like to give a shout out to the following students who have earned 6 or more badges. These students are well on their way to earning the Digital Dozen. Keep it up!


Bianca S., Claire M., Erin W., Sienna G., Sloane T.


Britta S., Johnny D., Blythe L., Hunter H.


Charlotte B., Emma D., Lucy B.

Paddock Road

CalvinK., Keaton O., Stella S.

Prairie Lane

Grace S., Kelli P.


Whitney L., Avery F., Ellie W.,

Sunset Hills

JosieM., Addie O., Addison W., Alice T., Anais K., Ava Z., Ben W., Blake S., Brion C., Caroline H., Colt M., Elsa C., Emmer V., Holland H., Louise D., Luka Z., Mallorie B., Masumi U., Nori F., Olive K., Punja R., Sak F., Thea F.,


Annil M., Cooper R., Drew K., Finn D., Jeremiah T., Kendall C., Krish P., Louie T., Marley A., Michael L., Stella H., Isabel V., Tori T.,


Brock L., Isabelle H., Jayden P.

EARN A BADGE . . . or 12!

Every student in Westside has the opportunity to begin earning badges. Working towards earning a badge allows students to dig deep into topics and explore individual interest areas. Badges can be found in various subject and interest areas.

Earn 12 badges to achieve the acclaimed "Digital Dozen" and earn a prize and recognition! Choose from hundreds of badge options on the EY Website or choose one below to get kick started!

New Badges

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Mini Sparks are quick lessons that introduce learners to various topics. Sparks can be found under every subject area on the EY website. These activities require minimal supplies and make for a great family activity!


Almost 70 miles west of Key West lies Dry Tortugas National Park. This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. You can only get there by boat or seaplane! The park is known all over the world as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, beautiful blue waters, lots of coral reefs and marine life, and the tons of bird life that visit the area!

Click the link below to go on a virtual field trip to this amazing place!

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EY in Action!

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Congrats to all of our M A T H L E T E S who competed in the local MATHCOUNTS competition last week! Kelvin (WMS 8th Grader) will advance to the STATE competition on March 18! Way to go!
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Middle School IAC Contest Results

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Geography Bee

1st Place - Alexander C. & Hunter V.

2nd Place - Nolan O. & Cole B.

3rd Place - Caden A.

Science Bee

1st Place - Henry H. & Henry K.

2nd Place - Timothy R., Ben B. & Bethany M.

3rd Place - Elaina G. & Samara S.S.

History Bee

1st Place - Harrison H. & Caden A.

2nd Place - Hunter V.

3rd Place - James L.

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The EY program website is the hub of communication for the EY Team. For our K-8 students, monthly challenges, seminars and events, as well as other learning opportunities are posted to the site on a regular basis.

All students are encouraged to participate in the opportunities posted, regardless of whether they have been identified for the EY Program. Students can participate independently by accessing the opportunities at home or during tech time at school. Teachers may also facilitate these whole and small-group enrichment opportunities for students in the classroom.

Click below to check out all our website has to offer!

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EY Team

Dr. Spady

  • Paddock Road
  • Westgate
  • Westside Middle School
  • Math 7 Honors Coordinator