Charter Day School Wins Big at Science Olympiad State Finals!

Charter Day School students from the Experimental Design team beat out 44 competing teams to win a medal and place fourth overall at the Science Olympiad state finals. The team was tasked with designing an experiment to determine how the length of a paper airplane affected the flight time. They only had 50 minutes to complete the experiment and overcame the challenge of this year’s on-line competition format. This is the highest place a team from Charter Day School has achieved.  

Anabel Lopez, Charter Day School’s Student Head Coach, commented, “It was hard, but we persevered! Our team has worked together since August and we pulled together at the competition! I am so proud of my teammates and thankful for the support our teacher, Mr. Johnson!”

“This competition truly showed the strength of our team!”, exclaimed team member Nathaniel Brown. He continued, “We all had different opinions on how best to proceed with the experiment, but we were able to work together to overcome the challenge! Annabel gave an amazing speech that inspired us!”

Team member Cheyanne Grevin explained, “It was a lot of work to complete an experiment in 50 minutes, but we did it! Our team worked great together with a lot of encouragement from each other and Mr. Johnson!”

“I am extremely proud of the way this team worked together!”, declared Charter Day School science teacher David Johnson. He continued, “I have had confidence in them all year and knew they would medal at the state finals! I am amazed by their work. They did an experiment in 50 minutes that usually took 90 minutes. Annabel Lopez did a great job leading her team and, in my opinion, they are the best!”

Charter Day School is one of four public charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Douglass Academy in Wilmington, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability, or address.  To learn more or enroll online, please visit

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