Senior School Students Medal for Excellence in National Latin Exam
Freshman Leon Jiao earned a gold medal, sophomores Natasha Karlik, Sarah Cao, and Gary Peng were awarded silver medals, and freshman Spencer Krysinski and junior Joshua Kurian presented with Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude certificates respectively in the National Latin Exam. All of these students were over the national average, with many more Latin II-IV students finishing just a few points short.
Three Senior School Students Recognized in Chinese Speech Competition
Sophomores Aysu and Madeleine, along with freshman Daniel, were recognized in a high school Chinese speech competition organized by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania.
Three Seniors Earn $2,500 National Merit Scholarships
On May 13, 2020, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced its second round of scholarship winners in the 65th annual program. Seniors Mishon Levine, Zoe Luther, and Luke Tyson each received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
Sophomore Accepted to PMEA All-State Orchestra Festival
Sophomore Sarah Cao participated in a virtual audition and was accepted into this year's Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Orchestra Festival. In addition, Sarah ranked first chair in the violin II section – an extraordinary achievement.
Junior Receives an Honorable Mention for Aspirations in Computing from the NCWIT
Junior Ace Song received an Honorable Mention for Aspirations in Computing from the Western and Central Pennsylvania Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for her manuscript, “Association of Air Quality and Cancer Mortality Rates: PM2.5 and O3 Trends Across US Counties,” which was submitted to the Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI).
Ace learned that she earned a nod for the award in an email from the NCWIT Western and Central Pennsylvania Affiliation. “Please accept this award as recognition of your passion for and dedication to computer science. It is well-deserved!” the group wrote. “The committee was especially impressed by your participation in a public health research program. Additionally, your teacher wrote you a glowing recommendation highlighting your natural leadership skills.”
According to the organization's site, “Awardees are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.”
Over the past two summers, Ace has been researching and learning about public health, which has helped her to develop a keen interest in it. Her mom recommended that she apply for the award based on the time she spends in data science, so she wrote a research paper with data analysis to express her concerns. She said the project wasn’t easy. “It was exhausting because it involved a lot of data collecting and accounting for all sorts of errors, but I found it to be very revealing because, in the end, we had so many numbers and results to work off of,” she explained. “I also think that this award helps me feel like I have something to show for all the hard work I put in during the summer and the achievements I have made.”
The NCWIT affiliation was planning an in-person ceremony but shifted to a virtual one instead, which was held on Saturday, April 18. Participants submitted a short video introducing themselves, sharing a fun fact, and talking about their aspirations in science.
Ace plans to keep up her research in public health. “I think that I would like to pursue something related to public health/technology in college because it's so empowering for scientists, and I have a strong interest in learning more about it,” she said.