HURLOCK — North Dorchester High School students will receive a special visit Thursday, Sept. 26, from NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is scheduled to speak to the student body as part of the National Guard’s Race 2 Achieve program.
Race 2 Achieve is a free Common Core-aligned supplemental curriculum for 11th- and 12th-grade math classes. The math curriculum focuses on how NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports uses key concepts found in Algebra II and trigonometry, and applies them to real-world job scenarios.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for the students to hear Mr. Earnhardt’s powerful message about achieving education excellence,” said North Dorchester High School Principal Lynn Sorrells. “At one point, he was sitting in a high school classroom just like our students and now he is one of the most recognized figures in sports. There are a lot of technical aspects in racing so I know the students will learn a lot from his experiences. He plans to talk about how you never know where education may take you. It’s a great opportunity for the students.”
Earnhardt drove the National Guard Race 2 Achieve Chevrolet to a 10th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August while promoting the education initiative. To receive an appearance from Earnhardt, The North Dorchester National Guard recruiter submitted a request to the National Guard and the school was chosen as a site to coincide with Earnhardt’s activities leading up to the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 29.
“We live in NASCAR country here in Dorchester County and all the students are so excited to see Earnhardt Jr.,” Sorrells said. “When we put posters up last week, students were in disbelief and came to the office to find out if it was really true that he was going to visit.”
In addition to speaking to the student body, Earnhardt will talk with Algebra II and trigonometry students in the classroom.
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