Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy strives to look for ways to provide students with unique educational opportunities. With this mindset, CHCA’s Upper Elementary School began a new tradition this year called the Ancestral History Cup Challenge (AHC).
The AHC is a competition involving Grades 4-6 students from CHCA’s Founders’ and Armleder Campuses. Each classroom formed a team to study various historical facts about the many cultural identities within the student body. Cultural topics included: important historical moments, hardships endured, people who made a difference, and critical vocabulary. The challenge was set up in the style of a gameshow and involved students learning and memorizing facts and working together as a team to prepare to compete against other classrooms between both campuses.
After a total of 143 students competed among all classrooms, teams in the finals came together for the championship at the Armleder campus. Team champs were divided as follows: Grade 6 Armleder and Grade 4 Founders’, Grade 5 Armleder and Grade 5 Founders’, and Grade 6 Founders’ and Grade 4 Armleder. After three rounds of competition, the Grade 5 team was declared Ancestral History Cup Challenge Champions. The winning team members were: Leslie Yoc Ambrocio, Gabby Bird, Ilah Ewen, Evi Goetz, Maddie Herriott, Alanna Knapp, Kaden Jones, Sofia Theiss, and Juan Willingham.
CHCA parents shared great feedback on their students’ experiences:
“My son just finished Zoom studying for an hour after creating a Quizlet for nearly two hours, all by choice! When I asked him why he was putting in so much time, he said, ‘It’s history, but it’s cool history.’”
“My daughter had such a fun evening hanging with her buddies, making new friends, eating pizza, and even studying! She loved every aspect of the evening and could not stop talking about it when she got home.”
“I am absolutely thrilled with what the students achieved throughout the Ancestral History Cup Challenge,” shared Upper Elementary Principal Steve Sideris. “The students truly embraced both the content and the experience. As is the case with everything that we do at CHCA, we hope to make a difference in learning and understanding other cultures. It is my hope and prayer that we accomplished that goal with this event, and I look forward to it becoming a tradition at the Lower School.”
Armleder Principal Cammie Montgomery shared, “The AHC was an innovative way to connect our two campuses and learn about diverse cultures together. Students remarked during our study sessions how much fun they were having learning about the accomplishments of all the different people they studied. We are so proud of our students on a job well done.”
“The inaugural AHC was a fantastic display of inter-campus cooperation, where students from the Armleder and Founders’ campuses were paired together for a quality multi-cultural learning experience,” shared CHCA Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Jeremy Flowers. “The AHC not only challenged our students regarding pertinent cultural history, but our entire CHCA community was both engaged and empowered by the information shared. Special thanks to Principals Steve Sideris and Cammie Montgomery for an outstanding collaborative effort.”
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