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BASIS Independent McLean Earns First Place at MATHCOUNTS State Competition for 2nd Consecutive Year

BASIS Independent McLean Earns First Place at MATHCOUNTS State Competition for 2nd Consecutive Year

The BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) MATHCOUNTS team placed first in the MATHCOUNTS state championships in Richmond, Va. this past weekend; this is BIM’s second time participating and winning in the annual statewide MATHCOUNTS competition. BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS members, called Team SWEEP to represent a combination of their initials, include: Sam Wang (grade 7), Eleanor Kim (grade 8), Ethan Zhou (grade 7), and Pravalika Putalapattu (grade 8). Team SWEEP is led by Coaches Tyler Sullivan and Dr. Ryan Grove, a BIM math and science teacher. MATHCOUNTS state champions head to the 2018 MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C., May 12 to 15. For more information on BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

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BASIS Independent McLean Announces New National Honor and Junior Honor Societies

BASIS Independent McLean Announces New National Honor and Junior Honor Societies

BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) of McLean, Va. inducted 37 students into its newly minted chapters of the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), with 10 NHS 10th and 11th grade members and 27 NJHS 6th grade to 9th grade members. Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average or a 90 percent cumulative average to be accepted into the NHS or NJHS societies. The NHS and NJHS chapter is led by BIM science teacher Ashley Bulldis. For more information on BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit During the Off Season

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit During the Off Season

Coach Walls serves up some effective ways to help kids fight obesity all year long, and improve their game

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 people between the ages of 6 to 19 has obesity, which is excess body fat. A contributing factor to this problem is taking in more calories than are being burned. While it’s recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, many are falling short. There are millions of young people who participate in sports, but when their season is over for their sport of choice, they often don’t know what to do to keep fit until it starts back up again. The good news is there are things parents can do to help their kids keep fit during the off season.

From Farmer to Fortune, How One Medical Device Revolutionized An Industry

From Farmer to Fortune, How One Medical Device Revolutionized An Industry

Each year, many entrepreneurs bring their products to market. Yet, research shows that the majority of them will not make it. Among those new products each year, there will be rare items that not only make it, but that completely revolutionize an industry. That’s exactly what happened with the iWALK2.0, a medical device that is essentially giving crutches and scooters a run for their money and longevity. In fact, the company has seen such success from the sales of the device that they expect to hit their 100,000th unit sold this year.

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Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Youth Tap and iMPULSE Presents Its Anniversary Showcase: 10Plus1

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Youth Tap and iMPULSE Presents Its Anniversary Showcase: 10Plus1

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Alexandria, Va., is hosting its Anniversary Annual Showcase, 10Plus 1, an innovative choreography of MSA students in tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop on Sun., Apr. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $20 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to purchase.

This is MSA’s 11th Annual Showcase of its pre-professional dance company, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, and 10th year with iMPULSE. Choreography is led by guest professionals like Ginger Cox, Parker Esse, Jared Jenkins and Charles Renato.

“Our annual showcase is the MSA event of the year, where we highlight the best of the best in our dance programs,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director and founder of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

Wear braces or aligners? Now you can clean and whiten at the same time!

Wear braces or aligners? Now you can clean and whiten at the same time!

Millions of people in the country are currently seeking orthodontic treatment, with most opting for traditional braces or clear aligners. Two of the biggest complaints orthodontists receive from patients undergoing treatment is that their teeth get stained or discolored and that their aligners, if they are undergoing clear aligner treatment such as Invisalign, smell and get dirty quickly. One orthodontist took those complaints to heart and set out to revolutionize the industry, creating specialized products that give patients the ability to clean their braces and aligners while whitening their teeth at the same time.

“Having aligners that are yellow or that give off a bad odor is embarrassing for people,” explains Dr. Michael Florman, a Los Angeles based orthodontist and the chief executive officer of EverSmile, Inc. “I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to take those complaints and concerns and use them to create something that will help everyone address these problems."

ToyMakerz Founder Goes Full Throttle with Tips for Turning Passion Into Profits

ToyMakerz Founder Goes Full Throttle with Tips for Turning Passion Into Profits

Many experts say that your passion is something you would do for free because you love it so much. However, doing things for free doesn’t pay the bills or put food on the table. People still need to earn a salary so that they can meet their needs, and some of their wants. The good news is that we don’t have to choose between doing what we are passionate about and earning a paycheck. When done right, the two can come together so that people can earn a living from what they are passionate about.

“Being able to turn my passion for cars and building custom motorized toys into a profitable business has been life-changing for me,” says David Ankin, inventor and star of the hit show ToyMakerz. “Every day I get to do what I love and I get to make a good living doing it. Being able to share my passion and creativity with the world is an amazing feeling, and at the end of the day I know that it’s also giving me a paycheck. It’s a win-win situation that I wish for everyone.