Oconee County Teacher Wins State LEGO League Coach of the Year

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Cherokee Creek Boys School Math and Science teacher Nick Linscott now a two-time recipient of the honor.

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To say that Nick is a special teacher and highly deserving of this honor is an understatement. I’ve never met a teacher who is so dedicated, humble, devoted to helping his boys succeed, and full of integrity.

Cherokee Creek Boys School Math and Science teacher Nick Linscott, a Walhalla resident, was awarded Coach of the Year honors at the state FIRST LEGO League competition, which took place Saturday, February 24 in Columbia, S.C. This is Linscott’s second time to receive the honor, which has not been awarded since 2005—the previous time he won it.

“To say that Nick is a special teacher and highly deserving of this honor is an understatement,” CCBS’ Academic Dean Denise Savidge said. “I’ve never met a teacher who is so dedicated, humble, devoted to helping his boys succeed, and full of integrity. We are intensely proud to have him here at Cherokee Creek.”

Overall, the CCBS team placed eleventh in the state for the Robot Performance Challenge, their highest finish yet in eight appearances at the state level. In previous years, they have been honored numerous times for Outstanding Teamwork, no small feat given that the team is formed new each season and rarely has returning players to guide the team through the process.

“It’s truly Nick who mentors and facilitates the process each year,” Savidge said. “We graduate our boys as they finish their work at our school, so Nick goes in each year knowing he’s starting from scratch. The LEGO League’s Core Value of ‘coopertition’ is something he has to instill in a new group each season, and to be honored with a teamwork award year after year is an amazing testament to their coach.”

ABOUT CHEROKEE CREEK BOYS SCHOOL
Cherokee Creek Boys School is a therapeutic boarding school for middle-school boys, ages 11-15, located in Upstate, S.C. The school’s mission is to “Challenge boys and their families to discover what is real and true about themselves and the world around them.” School administrators and staff believe in the healing power of nature, that engaging the whole family is essential to the therapeutic process, and in creating a learning and living environment where the gifts of boys are celebrated.

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