The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that graduating senior, Richard (Tommy) McCoy, has been announced as a member of the 49th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. There are 141 Scholars in the 2013 class who will be honored at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 16. Each Scholar will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion and have the opportunity to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.
The 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 3,300 candidates qualified for the 2013 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers or the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide competition.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 6,000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.
NA Senior High School Students Win Honors at State Tournament
Posted by NASD at 4/30/2013
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) Forensics Team recently competed in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League’s state tournament where they finished in 4th Place. In addition, several students won individual honors at the tournament. They were:
Senior Priya Tumuluru – 1st Place and State Champion in Informative Speaking Sophomore Catherine Zhang – 2nd Place in Humorous Interpretation Senior Morgan Lennon – 3rd Place in Lincoln Douglas Debate Senior Natalie Dean – 3rd Place in Radio Announcing
The Pennsylvania High School Speech League was founded in 1961. Its overall purpose is to stimulate through educational competition an understanding and appreciation of all areas of speech. Currently more than 150 schools are members of the League. The state is divided into thirteen districts. Students compete in district tournaments which qualify them for the state competition. Similar to athletic tournaments, the top 30 in individual events and the top 60 in team events qualify to compete in the state tournament.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 97 high school students have garnered gold and silver medals for their performance on the 2013 National Spanish Exams sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Spanish Level 1 students garnered 5 gold medals and 26 silver medals. Gold medalists are: Kim Esther, Sophia Lee, Kayla Romanelli, Keerthana Samanthapudi and Yizhou Zhao. Silver medalists are: Faryaal Alam, Rebecca Allen, Anagha Arunkumar, Megan Bernick, Ashwin Biju, Thomas Bina, Juhusri Chinnam, Sravanthi Chintakunta, Julie Choe, Nicole Corral, Nicholas Dela Torre, Eric Goodman, Grace Jin, Gwen Lindberg, Jasmine Mahajan, Sruti Padmanabhan, Keegan Phillips, Lauren Randolph, Ian Robertson, Stephanie Rodak, Jessica Serrody, Joshua Shaw, Kathryn Smolinski, Rachel Sudo, Taraneh Taheri and Grace Traynor.
Spanish Level 2 students garnered 13 gold medals and 14 silver medals. Gold medalists are: Helena Bates, Nicole Bleyaert, Songela Chen (perfect score), Christina Cheung, John Gnalian, Emily He, Sashini Kannan, Madeleine Lambert, Catherine Liu, Noah Miller, Pranav Murthy, Sneha Srinivasan and Karley Whelan. Silver medalists are: Oruba Ahmed, Jason Brar, Alex Brennan, Pranav Cannanbilla, William Cheng, Kayla Churman, Lauren Foertsch, Michael Kramer, Biprateep Kundu, Ross Marinstein, Machenzie Michalojko, Margaret Root, Sean Tao and Courtney Weber.
Spanish Level 3 students garnered 13 gold medals and 8 silver medals. Gold medalists are: Natalie Weller, Sohail Sidique, Caitlin Hoffman, Chloe Baierl, Surabhi Beriwal, Bret Serbin, Anna Sinelnikova, Madison Martin, Allison Staab, Grace Mallampalli, Pragna Sutrave, Ross Giglio and Jenn Hofmann. Silver medalists are: Katherine Bauer, David Dominic Moore, Alexandra Teets, Kendra Downey, Jamie Eddy, Jonathan Grygiel, Tanvi Kulkarni and Brianna Dela Torre.
Spanish Level 4 students garnered 11 gold medals and 7 silver medals. Gold medalists are: Sonya Besagar, Elizabeth George, Henry Taborski, Mary Riley, Joseph Eisner, Erik Liu, Dan Mallampalli, Suyash Fulay, Katelin Serody, Stephanie Plut and Ava Mosbacher. Silver medalists are: Fermín Calderón (Bilingual Category), Samantha Dorn, Joseph Murphy, Caterina Pagano, Cindy Lee, Nicholas Cully and Morgan Lennon.
The National Spanish Exams are given each spring. They are designed to be very challenging and are conducted entirely in Spanish. Annually, more than 89,000 students across the country participate in the online version of the exam. A Gold Medal certificate is earned by scoring at or above the 95th percentile. A Silver Medal certificate is earned by scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentiles.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 40 students have earned national honors on the 2013 National French Exam, Le Grand Concours, which is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. They are:
French Level 1 Exam Second Place: Ahna Pearson Third Place: Kathleen Kenna Fifth Place: Alan Cai, Melinda Kondisko and Sarah Luo Sixth Place: Morgan Beaver and Molly Zunski Seventh Place: Sareen Ali, Elizabeth Kairis, Josh Krassenstein and Sofia Lynn Eighth Place: Katrina Good and Paige Leshock Ninth Place: Lloyd Gumireddy and Jack Mo Tenth Place: Margot Jezerc and Alexandrea Mertz
French Level 2 Exam Second Place: Michael Tai Third Place: Lionel Gumireddy, Daniel Hopkins and Tristyn Maalouf Fourth Place: Massil Adnani Fifth Place: Sarah May Sixth Place: Sarah Heastings Eighth Place: Sean Geiger Ninth Place: Gina Bao, Helena Bates, Sierra Bugni and Marion White Tenth Place: Jason Lin and Kristina Seliman
French Level 3 Exam Fourth Place: Derek Wang Firth Place: Shruti Ravindramurthy Sixth Place: Caroline Bojarski Seventh Place: Angela Zhang Eighth Place Antonia Puma Ninth Place: Zachary Nimmo and Emma Pearson Tenth Place: Gabriella Puma and Wesley Swanson
The National French Exam is a competition designed to find and recognize the best French students in the country. The exam tests listening and reading comprehension skills, as well as vocabulary and grammar knowledge, through multiple-choice questions given in a sixty-minute period. Except for directions, the entire exam is in French. Nationally, almost 100,000 students participate at various levels each year.
You can learn more about the American Association of Teacher of French by visiting their website at www.frenchteachers.org.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that North Allegheny Senior High School senior Richard (Tommy) McCoy will be representing the U.S. as a member of the second North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad team.
Tommy achieved 5th Place in the nation to earn his place on the U.S. team that will travel to Manchester, England in July 2013 to compete at the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO). In addition to being selected for the U.S. Team, Tommy also received an award for having the “Best Solution” to one of the problems in the national problem set.
This Olympiad is a contest in which high school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.
NA Middle School Team 3rd Place in PA Knowledge Master Open Academic Competition
Posted by NASD at 4/30/2013
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) proudly announces that a team of students from Marshall Middle School have recently ranked 3rd Place in Pennsylvania after participating in the March 2013 Knowledge Master Open academic competitions for 6th grade students. Teams of students from 48 states as well as teams from China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates participate in grade-appropriate competitions using computers to answer 200 challenging multiple-choice questions from all curriculum areas.
The team from Marshall Middle School, sponsored by Mr. Dan Williams consisted of: Abigail Adelman, Eric Agamaite, Brandon Alexander, Dawson Arnold, Jordana Avigad, Jessica Barry, Elizabeth Belden, Andres Bonilla, Leah Branstetter, Jerry Chen, Jiwoo Cheon, Eli Coltin, Emily Cuba, Jenna Edelmann, John Ehling, Gunnar Fisher, Alexandra Flagg, Mackenzie Gongaware, Jarrod Hydock, Sameer Khan, Robert Lee, Lila McGrath, Daniel Neofes, Austen Skopov-Normane, Maeve Smith, Roy Son, Alexander Stepko, Akshaya Sudhakar and Madeline Taft.
The Knowledge Master Open was designed to stimulate enthusiasm for learning and recognition for academic accomplishment. The contest runs on classroom computers to allow all students the opportunity to compete in a large academic event without the expense of traveling to a central site. Results of the contest are tabulated into overall, state and enrollment-size rankings by Academic Hallmarks, a Colorado publishing firm that hosts the event. Contest results and example questions are available at www.greatauk.com.
NA Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Team Earns Honorable Mention
Posted by NASD at 4/30/2013
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the North Allegheny M3 Challenge Team finished in the Top 5% nationwide, earning Honorable Mention recognition. Led by Ms. Cris Ruffolo, team members included seniors Richard McCoy, Lily Zhang, and Henry Taborski; and juniors Michael Becich and Tarek Maalouf. These students will share a $1,000 scholarship.
The NA team was one of 55 teams to earn an award in one of the most challenging math competitions in the nation. Of the 1,054 initial submissions, 175 papers advanced to the second round of judging, where judges identified 55 teams that will receive a share of the $115,000 in scholarship prizes offered by the contest's sponsor, The Moody's Foundation.
The annual applied math contest is organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and requires high school students to use hard numbers and objective evaluations to come up with solutions for a very pertinent issue. One of the goals of the contest, now in its eighth year, is to inspire future scientists and engineers to careers in applied math, economics, and finance.
NA Students Named Semifinalists in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Posted by NASD at 4/30/2013
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that graduating seniors, Connor Phillips and Richard (Tommy) McCoy, have been named two of approximately 550 semifinalists in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Pennsylvania had 70 seniors designated as candidates in the program, but only 16 (including Connor and Tommy) have advanced to be named a semifinalist. In all, the semifinalists were selected from more than 3,900 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities. This is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars (a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President of the U.S.) and will be announced in May. The Commission will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; up to 20 students representing the visual, literary and performing arts; and 15 students at-large.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor. Semifinalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. More information on the United States Presidential Scholars Program can be found on the following website: http://www.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html