• Kiser Elementary School wins annual “Are You Smarter” competition

    The Kiser Elementary and Next Generation school/business team was the winner of the annual “Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?” competition held on Thursday, February 8 at Stuart W. Cramer High School.

    This year, the competition got a special touch with a “Storybook” theme. Teams dressed up as characters from favorite books, which added a fun twist. They battled it out in three rounds, answering tough questions about everything from music to math.  The tension was high with some ties at the end of rounds, thus making tiebreaker questions crucial for deciding finalists.

    Each school is partnered with a business or organization.  Kiser Elementary/Nex Generation, Rankin Elementary/Clariant Corporation, and New Hope Elementary/CaroMont Health advanced to the championship round. Kiser Elementary, which dressed as characters from the young adult novel “Holes,” emerged victorious after correctly answering the question: What percentage of the earth’s surface is covered with water? The answer: 75 percent.

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

    The game show-like event isn’t just about winning – it’s about helping the community, according to Amy Spencer, executive director of the Gaston County Education Foundation.  The “Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?” competition has become a cornerstone of community support for education, raising approximately $47,000 this year. The funds support initiatives like the Ron L. Ensley Grants and the Jennie Stultz Grants for Art Education, which provide teachers with resources for innovative classroom lessons and activities.

    Here is a list of the award winners:

    • First Place: Kiser Elementary and Next Generation
    • Second Place: Rankin Elementary and Clariant Corporation
    • Third Place: New Hope Elementary and CaroMont Health
    • Best Theme: Rankin Elementary and Clariant Corporation
    • People’s Choice Award: Brookside Elementary and Courage Kia
    • Mascot Award: Sherwood Elementary and Wells Fargo

    Other school/business teams participating in the competition were:

    • W.B. Beam Intermediate and Fleetnet America
    • Belmont Central Elementary and Piedmont Lithium
    • W.A. Bess Elementary and Rotary Club of Gastonia
    • Catawba Heights Elementary and SteelFab
    • Chapel Grove Elementary and GEMS
    • Gardner Park Elementary and Tindol Subaru
    • Lowell Elementary and Dominion Energy
    • McAdenville Elementary and McAdenville Woman’s Club
    • North Belmont Elementary and Gastonia East Rotary Club
    • Pleasant Ridge Elementary and GSM Services
    • Pinewood Elementary and Freightliner
    • Robinson Elementary and Encore Bank
    • Sadler Elementary and Firestone Fibers and Textiles