Are You Smarter Than A Gaston County Fifth Grader?

  • Lowell Elementary wins annual “Are You Smarter” competition

    The Lowell Elementary and Dominion Energy school/business team was the winner of the annual “Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?” competition held Thursday, February 9 at Stuart W. Cramer High School.

    The popular program that pairs business partners with elementary schools in a game show format raised nearly $50,000 for the Gaston County Education Foundation.  The Foundation will use the money to fund the Ron L. Ensley grant program that provides funds to teachers for innovative classroom lessons and activities.

    In 2022, the Foundation awarded more than $48,000 in grants to teachers at schools across the county.  In March, teachers have the opportunity to apply for the Jennifer T. Stultz art appreciation grants, which are named in honor of Jennie Stultz, who served as the Foundation’s executive director for 20 years.

    The Gaston County Education Foundation organized the “Are You Smarter” competition, and Tindol Suburu and Wells Fargo were the title sponsors for the program.  Other sponsors included CaroMont Health, Local Market/United Oil of the Carolinas, and Allen Tate.

    CaroMont Health, Clariant Corporation, Dominion Energy, Encore Bank, Firestone Fibers and Textiles, First Horizon Bank, FleetNet America, Gaston Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Gastonia East Rotary Club, GSM Services, McAdenville Woman’s Club, Community Foundation Next Generation, Rotary Club of Gastonia, SteelFab, and Tindol Subaru sponsored a school team.

    Here is a list of the award winners:

    First Place: Lowell Elementary/Dominion Energy 

    Second Place: W.A. Bess Elementary/Rotary Club of Gastonia

    Third Place: McAdenville Elementary/McAdenville Woman’s Club

    Team Spirit: W.A. Bess Elementary/The Rotary Club of Gastonia

    People’s Choice Awards: Rankin Elementary/Clariant Corporation and Kiser Elementary/Next Generation

    Other school/business teams participating in the competition were:

    ◾ W.B. Beam Intermediate and FleetNet America
    ◾ Catawba Heights Elementary and SteelFab
    ◾ Chapel Grove Elementary and Gaston Emergency Medical Services (GEMS)
    ◾ Gardner Park Elementary and Tindol Subaru
    ◾ New Hope Elementary and CaroMont Health
    ◾ North Belmont Elementary and Gastonia East Rotary Club
    ◾ Pleasant Ridge Elementary and GSM Services
    ◾ Robinson Elementary and Encore Bank
    ◾ Sadler Elementary and Firestone Fibers and Textiles
    ◾ Sherwood Elementary and First Horizon Bank