Middle School Gifted and Talented students recently competed in Calcu-Solve at Duquesne University, attended the Faraday Lecture at Soldiers and Sailor's Museum, and participated in a Robotics scrimmage at Sarah Heinz House.
A team of 16 sixth graders and combined team of 16 seventh and eighth graders completed math word problems at Calcu-Solve on November 8-9. Participants were selected based on their performance on a qualifying test. All MS students are invited to take the test. Competitors included Connor Fromme, Sean Maddix, Lauren Bailey, Fakhriddin Orolov, Ethan Wilson, Chris Glass, Evan Spurlock, Derek Armfield, Ethan Snyder Lucy Naples, Anthony Mitchell, Chris Beatty, Riley Friburger, Kyle Hinderliter, Zane Francis, Brandon Gallo, Ajay Ohmnathan, Mason Ciesielski, Autumn Wietzel, Camryn Welsh, Luke Hinds, Mia Dzuba, Arianna Kelly, Sarah LaCamera, Nick Haley, Rhi Molnar, Milla Konakchieva, Tazia Silvio, Alex Miller, Andrew Moretti, Eva Kwasniewski, and Rachel White.
Top scorers were Connor Fromme (7th-8th) and Ajay Ohmnathan (6th).
Forty students attended the Annual Faraday Lecture with G & T Coordinator Mrs. Benis on November 14. Bob Becker, a national chemistry demonstrator and high school chemistry teacher who was chosen as Teacher of the Year from Missouri, gave an exciting presentation that included dry ice, hydrogen egg explosions, homemade steam engines, sulfer hexaflouride, trash can air cannons, and methane soap bubble snakes. Students were nominated for the trip by their science teachers.
The two MS Robotics teams had their first scrimmage at Sarah Heinz House on November 17th and qualified for the Western PA regional Championship on January 13th. Robotics team members are: Team 1 - Lucy Naples (Captain), Reagan Staub (Captain), Ashton Sadowski, Jessica Ward, Josh Sarasnick, Lauren Bailey, Marie Kinchington, Michael Bonkoski, Aleena Usman, and Srushti Chavan, and Team 2 - Kyle Hinderliter (Captain), Edward Kovach (Captain), Tyler Deramo, Cara Salerno, Cole LaCamera, Connor Fromme, Grace Trotta, John Hiras, Owen Kagle, and Zane Francis.
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