The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that graduating senior, Surabhi Beriwal, has been announced as a member of the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. There are 141 Scholars in the 2014 class who will be honored at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. Each Scholar will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion and have the opportunity to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.
The 2014 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 3,900 candidates qualified for the 2014 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. Only 18 students in Pennsylvania were named semifinalists.
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 Air Force JROTC Team Advances to National Academic Bowl
Posted by NASD at 6/24/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the North Allegheny Air Force JROTC (AFJROTC) academic team composed of Lionel Gumireddy, Brian Luebbert-Hill, Jonathan Caulkins, Joseph Caulkins, and Michael Struk earned First Place in the 2013-2014 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship.
More than 3,000 JROTC units from around the na¬tion participated in the Level I team competition in November 2013, which tested their knowledge of English, math, science, leadership, and current events. The top-scoring teams advanced to Level II, and then the top 195 teams advanced to the cham¬pionship level in April 2014, where the NAI team earned their ranking of First Place.
Winning teams receive medals, trophies, gift cards and electronic tablets. In addition, all partici-pants received online access to COF’s Total College Success program, which provides preparation for college entrance exams (SAT, ACT), as well as in¬struction for admissions, financial aid, scholarships, selection and overall college success.
The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC and its cadets by demonstrating the academic abilities of JROTC students.
This event is sponsored by the Air Force JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation. The College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. Using academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s 1.1 million JROTC cadets worldwide.
Maj. Frederick Schott and MSgt. Richard Denault are the North Allegheny AFJROTC Instructors.
NA Students Selected to Attend Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools
Posted by NASD at 6/24/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that two high school students have been accepted into Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools this summer.
Songela Chen has been accepted into the School for the Sciences (PGSS) at Carnegie Mellon University. PGSS is a five-week summer program aimed at promoting interest in science rather than to advance students' knowledge in a specific area. The curriculum includes five "core" courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics as well as numerous electives. In addition to taking classes, students are required to participate in a lab course and a research-style team project. The emphasis is on cooperation, rather than competition - students are encouraged to both collaborate with other students on academic work and to interact socially. More information about the PGSS and the selection process can be found on the following website: www-pgss.mcs.cmu.edu.
Victor Mao has been accepted into the School for Engineering and Technology (PGSE&T) at Lehigh University. PGSE&T is a two-week, summer residential program for high school students interested in studying technology and mathematics. The program will offer students an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), cooperative learning, and hands-on laboratory experiences. The PGSE&T academic program comprises four components: core courses selected to provide a glimpse of the grand challenges of modern engineering; laboratory experiences; team research projects; and guest lectures by experts in various STEM-related fields. To obtain additional information about the Governor's School for Engineering and Technology and to download an application, visit www.lehigh.edu/pgset.
Participants in the Governor’s Schools are required to be Pennsylvania high school students between their junior and senior years and are required to live in the dormitories for the term of the program they are attending. These programs are completely free and highly selective, making it a very high honor to be accepted.
NA Junior Classical League Wins 17th Consecutive State Championship
Posted by NASD at 6/24/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the North Allegheny Junior Classical League (JCL) now holds seventeen consecutive State Championships. The NA JCL team, comprised of 73 students in grades 8–12, competed at the 63rd annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League State Convention. NA Students participated in every aspect of the competition which included athletic, artistic and academic events. The NA JCL team finished with their 17th consecutive state championship.
In addition, the Level I Certamen Team comprised of 9th grade students Gunasheil Mandava, Julia Maruca, Remi Akindele, Kathryn Barancyk, Jane Venezia, and Eric Ricci earned First Place in the state. Special congratulations to Gunasheil Mandava for earning the Overall Academic Award and Ashwin Reddy for winning the Individual Over¬all Champion Award.
The National Junior Classical League (NJCL), established in 1936, is an organization for middle and high school students in classical courses. It is one of the largest academic youth organizations in the world. There are over 50,000 members in approximately 1,200 chapters, located in almost every state and in several foreign countries. Pennsylvania has 35 chapters consisting of 1,794 members.
Sponsors of the NA JCL team are Latin teachers Ms. Angela Bergen, Ms. Beth Block, Ms. Robyn Hassinger and Ms. Connie Ramsey.
For more information on National Junior Classical League, visit their website at www.njcl.org.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that fifteen middle and high school students won honors at the 2014 Annual State Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS), where they received twelve First Place and three Second Place awards.
Students participating in this competition con¬ducted a self-designed experiment in the fields of science technology and mathematics. The stu¬dents then designed and rehearsed a presentation detailing their project, which was presented before a panel of judges from universities, high schools, in¬dustry, and related fields. The students were judged based on scientific research techniques, statistical data analysis, aesthetics of design, public speaking and presentation skills, and an all-around ability to interact with professionals. Congratulations to the following students:
First Place, Perfect Score and Director’s Award for Computer Science:
First Place, Perfect Score:
Adelle Fernando, Eric Mi, Ashwin Reddy, Gabe Ren and Pranav Murthy
First Place Awards:
Terry Faber, Vibha Reddy, Nila Suresh, Siddarth Narayan, Pranav Cannanbilla and William Cheng
Second Place Awards:
Mohit Bhide, Zain Mehdi and Shanelle Fernando
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. To learn more about the PJAS, please visit their website at http://www.pjas.net/.
NA Senior High School Student Council Receives 2014 National Gold Council of Excellence Award
Posted by NASD at 6/24/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the North Allegheny Senior High (NASH) Student Council has been recognized, for the seventh consecutive year, by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) in their 2014 National Student Council Awards Program.
The NASH Student Council has been awarded the 2014 National Gold Council of Excellence Award for their exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community. The National Gold Council of Excellence is awarded to Student Councils that demonstrate the highest levels of leadership and activities as illustrated by meeting all required standards and a greater number of additional standards. Only 10 Pennsylvania high schools, including NASH, achieved this level of recognition in the 2014 program.
Student Councils must demonstrate that they meet at least the following criteria to be considered for these awards: have a written constitution, regular meetings, and a democratic election process, leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in their state and national student council associations.
The National Association of Student Councils (NASC) promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their schools and communities. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals which is the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders. NASC also sponsors the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. For more information on NASC, visit www.nasc.us.
NA Graduate Selected for U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Team
Posted by NASD at 6/24/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 2014 graduate Derek Wang has been named to the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team. The four-member team will represent the United States at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad being held in Hanoi, Vietnam next month where they will compete with teams from more than 60 countries.
To advance to this level, Derek had to first earn a top-20 score in a three-part national chemistry exam. The twenty top-scoring students were then invited to a two-week intensive study camp held at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, where they received college-level training, with an emphasis on organic chemistry, through a series of lectures, problem-solving exercises, lab work and testing. At the conclusion of the camp, four students are named to the U.S. team.
Two mentors will accompany the international competitors, translate the language and arbitrate the scoring of the exams. In addition to the competition, students and mentors have opportunities to interact with one another and to experience the host country’s culture through planned educational and social events.
The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad are multi-tiered competitions designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. The local and U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competitions are sponsored by the American Chemical Society.
The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) is an annual competition for the world’s most talented chemistry students at the secondary school level. IChO began in 1968 with participants from Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary. Other Eastern European countries joined the program soon after. Western European nations entered in 1974. The United States sent its first team in 1984 and hosted the event in 1992.