Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a joyous time to remember those who have passed away. In Mexico, ancient Aztec traditions were combined with Christianity during the Spanish conquest. As a result, each year families construct colorful altars or ofrendas in their homes that essentially welcome the spirit of their loved ones on November 1st and 2nd.
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®).
Srimayi Mulukutla won first place in the state at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) competition on May 19, 2018.
Her project, entitled "Increasing the Efficiency of Non-Electric Refrigeration," was in the ecology category. “Basically I made a non-electric refrigerator out of two clay pots, some sand, and water,” Srimayi explained. “Since the non-electric refrigerator (zeer pot) has already been made before, I tested three materials I could use in the pot to make it more efficient and found that charcoal is really efficient. So, potentially, people in countries with hot climates and no electricity could use it to cool their food.”
Srimayi enjoys science and likes solving problems. Winning at the state level was reaffirming for her. “I was very excited when I won first place in the state because it means that my ideas and the project were conveyed to the judges in a good way,” she said. “Since the results were successful, it made me wonder how I could use my findings in real life.”
This summer, Srimayi plans to study science through a Zero Robotics program which involves problem solving, learning more about space, and coding.