Senior Successes: Katie Hughes Makes a Joyful Noise in the Junior Mendelssohn Choir
For the fifth year in a row, senior Katie Hughes auditioned and was selected to be a part of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. This one-of-a-kind choir showcases some of the finest young singers in the Pittsburgh region.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation Names Six Seniors as Commended Students
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognized six seniors for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
Senior School History Teacher Travels to South Korea for Professional Development
This past July, I traveled to South Korea with a group of American educators with the generous support of the Korean War Legacy Foundation and Sewickley Academy. This professional development connected me to my curriculum and past enrichment, which continually puts me in the learning seat, prepares me to contextualize historical events for students, and sets me up to share global perspectives.
Students in Grades 5–8 competed in the preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee in their history classes over the past week.
Out of these four grades, nine finalists advanced to the school level of competition which took place on Tuesday, December 12, in the Middle School Commons and was attended by all Middle School students. The finalists were Grade 5 student Arhip, Grade 6 students Max, Jayden, and Logan, Grade 7 students Alex, Ashton, and Aiden, and Grade 8 students Aysu and Georgia.
Ashton was crowned the Sewickley Academy National Geographic Bee Champion and will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine state competitors. All school champions are eligible to win the national championship on May 20-23, 2018, held in Washington, D.C., and its first place prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Aysu placed second and Aiden placed third.
According to its website, the National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in Grades 4-8 from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee which began in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the National Geographic Society.