Take a minute to recognize the achievements of our students for the 2014-2015 school year!
Mitigate Competition Winners!
Cogedive: Divya Gandla, Conner Dunathan, Glenn Ren
The Photoelectrics: Jessica Bhattacharya, Hannah Sun, Richard Wang, Yash Somaiya
Subway Solutions: Wally Niu, Anusha Dixit, Nidhi Matthew, and Praneeth Thota
Silver Medal: Matthew Feng
Bronze Medal: Divya Gandla
Public Choice Award:
Gold Medal-PHS Greenbeans: Jessica Yin, Matthew Feng, Caroline Leng, and Karan Chawla
Silver Medal-Subway Solutions: Wally Niu, Anusha Dixit, Nidhi Matthew, and Praneeth Thota
Bronze Medal-PHS Beleaf: Katie Cho, Justin Kim, June Xu, and Andrew Lent
Winner in Maryland's BioGENEius Competition!
1st in the USA! 2nd in the World!
National Security Agency Awards 2nd Place to PHS Junior!
Honorable Mention at World's Largest Science Fair!
Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Competition Winners!
First place winners in the national competition also proceeded to the international competition.
AGES 13-15: Writing
2nd Prize: “Montgomery Bans Styrofoam Products" by Julia Rich
AGES 16-18: Writing
1st Place: “Maryland's Two Treasures: Chickens and the Chesapeake" by Norma Panigot
2nd Place: “A Solution to Bus Pollution" by Jason Kim
3rd Place: “What the Frack?" by Chrissy Kingsley
AGES 16-18: Video
3rd Place Tie: "The Montgomery County City Agricultural Reserve" by Alexander Tran, Nic Heemskerk, Anna Murgia, and Varun Pemmaraju
3rd Place Tie: "A Flowing Legacy: Montgomery County-Last Best Creek" by Danielle Roche and Allie Goldman
National Spanish Examination Awards!
Gold Award (Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile)
Justin Park and Sreya Vangara
Silver Award (Students scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentiles)
Honor Award (Students scoring at or above the 50th through the 74th)
MIT INSPIRE Recognizes PHS Students
Christy Ng and Emily Yuen won honorable mentions.
Sydney Yuen and Poirety Coulibaly won second place.
Brianna Pierce and Christina Tao won first place.
ALSO, Sydney Yuen won the special Mozart award for the most original research in the competition.
Dan McKenna, Head of Humanities House and mentor was recognized as the runner-up for the Athena award, which was an award given to the top mentor, as indicated by nominations from students and evaluations of a school's submissions as a whole.
IDT Competition Winners
IDT’s annual student competition focuses on innovative methods of implementing Automated Software Testing. This year’s problem, addressing automated website testing, was released in December and team solutions were due on February 7. Submissions were reviewed by IDT judges and the top teams presented their solutions this week.
The team from Poolesville High School (MD), coached by Mark Estep, came in second. Team members were Suriya Kandaswamy, Peiyi Lin, Seong Joon Yoo, and Umesh Padia.
Humanities Students Shine at Montgomery County History Day
For each category, up to two projects won a spot in the state competition.
Senior Paper: Iris Wu on Empress Wu Zeitsen (freshman!!!)
Senior Individual Documentary (A Sophomore Poolesville Sweep!!!):
Anastasia Goldberg on Harvey Milk
Emma Bentz on George Patton
Senior Group Documentary:
Faven Getahum and Erin Choi on Park Chung Hee (juniors)
Senior Group Exhibit:
Andrew Kocur and Patrick Walker on George Patton (the giant tank some of you may have seen) (juniors)
Senior Individual Performance:
Ankit Sheth on Jawaharlar Nehru
Senior Group Performance:
Julia Link, Mercedes Blankenship, and Hannah Lippsman on The Guerilla Girls (juniors)
SMCS Students Represent Montgomery County at Intel Science and Engineering Fair
Science Montgomery Awards
First place: Andrew Wang, Sreejan Kumar (with Parth Shah)
Second place: Jihoon Jang
Honorable Mention: Divya Gandla
Fourth place: Shraeya Madhu
Honorable Mention: Anusha Dixit
First place: Cherry Zou
Second place: Yash Somaiya and Calvin Kinzie
Third place: Diwaker Ganesan
Top Four Winners to Progress to ISEF
In addition to the Science Montgomery Awards, students earned awards from various community organizations. Some of these awards included invitations to future competitions, dinners, and monetary rewards.
Honorable mentions to Cherry Zou, Anusha Dixit, and Diwaker Ganesan
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Third place tie: Shraeya Madhu
First place: Anusha Dixit
Clean Air Partners
Federal Water Quality Association
First place: Shreya Kanna and Thanushree Manjunath
Geological Society of Washington
Worthy Achievement: Shreya Kanna and Thanushree Manjunath
Intel Excellence in Computer Science
MIT Club of Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence: Jihoon Jang and Cherry Zou
MBHS Magnet Class of 2004 Science Fair Award
Third place: Andrew Wang, Divya Gandla, Jihoon Jang, and Cherry Zou
Office of Naval Research
Medallion: Shraeya Madhu
Third place: Andrew Wang
US Air Force
Certificate of Achievement: Sreya Vangara
United States Public Health Service
Second place: Jihoon Jang
Meritorious Achievement: Andrew Wang and Sreejan Kumar
Yale Science and Engieneering Association
Medallion: Jihoon Jang
MIT INSPIRE Finalists!
The final round will involve a trip to Boston followed by research presentations, interviews, and evaluations by MIT professors and graduate students. Please congratulate our seniors and the teachers who mentored them.
Jessie Amick – Jon Leong
Clarissa Dzikunu – Brain Matthews
Mona-Mae Juwillie – Lisa Kellert
Roja Kambhampati – Tiffany Ayers
Jamie Koenig – Tony Sohn
Hanna Kim – Stephanie Gomer
Christy Ng – Michelle Hunsicker-Blair
Daren Small-Moyers – Jon Leong
Brianna Pierce – Dan McKenna
Dorit Song – Lisa Kellert
Adele Spinder – Allison Wilder
Christina Tao – Michelle Hunsicker-Blair
Alexa Vergelli – Katie Horan
Matt Wagner – Andy Ward
Emily Yuen – Andy Ward
Sydney Yuen – Leigh Hegman
Prit Patel – Dan McKenna
Michael Bent – Dan McKenna
Karina Culqui – Allison Wilder
Poiret Coulibaly – Mike Shannon
Student Invited to Youth Leadership Program
The American Youth Leadership Program is a leadership training and exchange program for U.S. high school students. It is supported by a grant from the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by Legacy International. The 26-day program focuses on the theme of environment and climate change. Participants will explore why sustainable management of resources is imperative, learn about careers in science, technology and environmental resource management, and work cooperatively with Cypriot peers to promote environmental stewardship.
Senior Featured in Montgomery County Newsletter
Student Recognized for Perfect AP Score!
Simon was one of only 91 of students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Spanish Language Exam. Looking across approximately 4 million AP Exams taken by 1.5 million U.S. public high school 11th and 12th graders in 2014, only 285 students earned every point possible on an AP Exam; answering every multiple-choice question correctly and earning full points on the free-response section of the exam. It is very rare for a high school student to earn every point possible on the exam.
Washington School of Photography Competition Winners!
Poolesville also had images on display by 15 other students in their main gallery and their photographs will remain on display until the end of March 2015.
Two Teams Competing In SourceAmerica Design Challenge Finals!
PHS has had two groups chosen as Finalist in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge, formerly known as the AbilityOne Design Challenge. If you see Angela Zhou, Amber Liu, Lee Dodds, Annie Bao, Deepti Agnihotri or Suriya Kandaswamy please congratulate them on this amazing honor. They were two of the top five groups in the entire country. They will be competing against teams from Connecticut, Ohio and Kansas in February. Click HERE to see more information and student project videos.
Congratulations on Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!
Annika Land - Gold Key
Kat Eader - Gold Key
Dani Thorner – Gold Key – “Take a Seat”
We had three Silver Key winners:
Abhi Giri - Silver Key
Suzanne Creedon - Silver Key
Sarah Bender – Silver Key – “Choice”
We had many Honorable Mentions:
Dani Thorner – Honorable Mention – “Isolation”
Adele Spinder - Honorable Mention
Lilly Nichols - Honorable Mention
Stephen Botten - Honorable Mention
Julia Jordan - Honorable Mention – “Bubba” & “Contemplation”
Sarah Bender - Honorable Mention - "She has a Dream"
Erin Bowles also won Honorable Mention for her dramatic script & her writing portfolio
Student Work Presented at Johns Hopkins Juried Art Exhibit
Johns Hopkins also had 221 photography submissions and only accepted 33. We had 4 AP Photo students in with Adele Spinder winning third place for her photograph: Love is Blind
PHS Intel Semifinalist Named!
The Intel Science Talent Search is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. There were 300 semifinalists nationwide, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,800 entries. MCPS has been a national leader in this competition for many years and routinely is one of the school districts with the most semifinalists.
“I am extremely proud of our students who continue to display high levels of creativity, innovation, and passion in this rigorous competition,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr. “Congratulations to our semifinalists, their families, and the educators that are supporting them.”
The research projects entered by MCPS semifinalists cover a broad range of scientific and math topics. Each of the semifinalists will receive a $1,000 award for his or her outstanding research. Additionally, to recognize excellence in teaching and school support, schools will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist, which is to be used to further excellence in science, math, and engineering education.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium National Finalist
Four PHS Seniors Named Semifinalists in Siemens Competition
- Brandon Grinkemeyer—NIST, Using Bose-Einstein Condensate of Rubidium-87 in a Three-Dimensional Double Well Optical Lattice to Measure the Effect of Density on the Neighboring Atoms’ Rydberg Blockaded Excitation
- Sreejan Kumar—Laboratory of Computational Neurodiagnostics, Stony Brook University Mathematical Modeling and Brain Activations Characterize Differences in Human Pattern Recognition during Conditions of Ambiguous Feedback
- Navya Nanda—NIH, Vascular Inflammation by FDG PET/CT Relates to Aortic Wall Stiffness in Psoriasis
- Umesh Padia—NIDDK, NIH, The Discovery of a Novel TRH-R1 Agonist: A Drug Candidate for Treating Depression, Graves Disease, and Hypothyroidism.
PHS Computer Science Team Takes First Place!
The finalists were chosen from a record number of competitors in the preliminaries and won prizes for their school science programs, along with scholarships for each student to the NYU School of Engineering. Twelve teams of finalists, including two from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, competed as part of an international pilot.
The CSAW High School Forensics Challenge winners were:
Student Virtuoso Performance on Guitar
National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists!
Semifinalists from MCPS were selected from among high school juniors who were top scorers on the 2013 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the nation will be considered for advancement to the finalist stage of the competition.
Finalists will be considered for $2,500 National Merit scholarships, plus additional corporate-sponsored and college/university-sponsored scholarships. That will be announced later in the school year.
"Education in the Future" - 2014 Worldwide Essay Contest
Congratulations are extended to junior Ankit Sheth. Ankit’s essay took 5th place in the World Genesis Essay Contest this summer. He was the youngest winner so this is quite an accomplishment! Ankit is a member of Model UN and submitted his essay as a club activity. Click HERE for more information.