Dorris-Eaton School students are showing they are math and debate whizzes.
At a regional MathCounts Tournament held at UC Berkeley, Dorris-Eaton placed first overall from among the 15 schools (150 students) that competed.
The MathCounts team is awaiting results from the other regional competitions to see if it will qualify for the state competition at Stanford University on March 22.
Individual awards were earned by the following students in overall scoring:
First place overall, David Yang, grade 6; second place overall, Benjamin Park, grade 7; and fifth place overall, Daniel Shen, grade 6.
Award winners in the speed round were: First place, David Yang, grade 6; and third place, Benjamin Park, grade 7.
On Feb. 8, the Dorris-Eaton debate team took second place overall as a school at Piedmont Middle School's debate tournament. One unbeaten team that took third place for the tournament consisted of students Pia Dovichi, Chinasa Mbanugo and Sarah Wornow. In addition, four students were ranked as individual speakers, from among a total of 114 speakers -- they were David Wornow, Micalyn Struble, Dovichi and Wornow.
In accordance with the city's centennial celebration, all Walnut Creek students are encouraged to participate in the 2014 Student Poetry Contest.
The Walnut Creek Library Foundation, Ygnacio Valley Library and Walnut Creek Library are asking young writers to focus on this year's theme: "100."
Poems may be no more than 32 lines, and authors are encouraged to "think about the number 100 and what it means to you."
The free contest is open to students ages 5 to 19, and all participants will receive a poetry contestant certificate. Winners may participate in a student poetry reading on Saturday, May 3 at the Walnut Creek Library.
The deadline to enter is March 26. Pick up a registration packet at any Walnut Creek library or online at www.wclibrary.org/contest/
Submit School Notes items to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.