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NLH Student is Top Finalist in Science Without Borders Art Competition

Long time Next Level Homeschool student, Franciska Somogyi, has been named as one of the top 16 finalists of hundreds of international entries in the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s artistic marine science contest, Science Without Borders® Challenge . The goal of the contest is to inspire student creativity while promoting ocean conservation issues. This year’s contest theme is  “The Sixth Extinction.”  Students were tasked with creating an artistic piece that would highlight a marine species that is threatened with extinction.

Franciska titled her creation “Bloom”, and here is the explanation she submitted with her entry:

Hawksbill sea turtles look over coral reefs and maintain the balance of their food web, keeping the ecosystem healthy and happy, but they might not have an ecosystem to preserve soon. The sixth extinction is rapidly approaching, caused by continuous greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, industry, transportation, and more. This is depicted by the numerous digital billboards picturing artificial coral reefs creating tremendous amounts of carbon while the overhang of the actual ocean is suffering from harmful algae blooms caused by the heat. Transportation is forming an X to symbolize the controversial release of additional harmful emissions. I want my audience to acknowledge and think about things familiar to us, from our transportation, housing, and businesses, to how that affects an ecosystem we might not even be aware of and how we can address the issue.

We are proud of ALL of our Next Level Homeschool students, and are so thrilled to see them grow, mature, and take the knowledge they have gained from our school into the real world!

My name is Mary Middlebrook, and I am the owner of Next Level Homeschool and also the science teacher. I have a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston and am super passionate about science and education! My goal is to instill my passion for learning into your children, and help them learn and explore topics in a fun and engaging way they will prepare them for their future.

I homeschooled my youngest son (who is now all grown up!), and during that time realized we needed a little more socialization. So in 2011 I started teaching a marine biology class from my home. When it was over, everyone asked "What class are we doing next year?". My career as a homeschool educator was born! I moved from teaching out of my home to teaching live classes at a homeschool co-op in Los Angeles. My classes were in high demand and would always sell out. Parents started asking me if I could put my classes online. And in 2016, Next Level Homeschool was born! From our first year with three classes- Costa Rica, Harry Potter Genetics, and Marine Zoology- we have now grown into dozens of classes in science, history, language arts, visual arts, and more!

I believe children are capable of learning far beyond the "grade level/age" boxes we put them in. My students never cease to amaze me with their interpretations of topics and ability to think beyond the lessons! That is the joy I find in teaching- watching students excel when given challenging, in depth material. Don't tell them, but I think kids are smarter than adults. ;)