Sewickley Academy's Senior School Quiz Bowl team members seniors Cooper Cheng and Nicholas Valenta and sophomore Rebecca Glass competed on Hometown High-Q, KDKA-TV’s quiz show, this past weekend, which filmed on Saturday, October 12. The Panthers won with a score of 565 points – 175 points more than the closest team they faced!
Middle School Teacher Honors Tree of Life in Lesson Plan “To be a Stronger Tree”
On October 27, 2018, 11 lives were taken during the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. A year later, we are still mourning the loss of our community members. Communities, families, and educators alike are figuring out ways to make sense out of senseless acts, and organizations like Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) are leading the way in these efforts. CBW is challenging teachers to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the attack by creating lesson plans to educate students about hate and how to resist it.
Four Seniors Named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program
Four students from Sewickley Academy have been named semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual program. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. The Academy’s semifinalists are Mishon Levine, Zoe Luther, Chris Martian, and Luke Tyson.
These scholastically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $31 million, that will be awarded in the spring. Students who advance to the finalist level will be notified in February.
“I learned about the competition from [Director of College Guidance] Ms. Satariano, Chris Martian shared. “I was really surprised and happy to learn that I was a semifinalist, and I’m excited to apply for a finalist spot.”
Mishon Levine echoed his remarks, “It was a pleasant surprise! There's a stretch of time between when you take the PSAT as a junior and when they announce semifinalists in the fall of the following year.”
Zoe Luther was aware of the competition from her brother’s, Cole ’18, involvement several years ago. “It is very exciting to be recognized as part of this exclusive group, especially with such a competitive field of students. A lot of hard work often goes unnoticed with standardized testing, so it’s nice that the program recognizes all of the effort that goes on behind the scenes,” Zoe said.
Approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 NMSP by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening of the program entrants.