Week in Review - February 22-26, 2016

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 1:30pm

Congratulations to Pavan Vemulakonda!

Pavan has been named as a 2016 National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  This wonderful honor is based on Pavan's PSAT and SAT test scores along with his academic achievements.  Congratulations again to Pavan, his family, our staff, and community ... what a wonderful accomplishment!

Congratulations to Varsity Girls Basketball!

The Girls Varsity has won several big games recently, beating Oakland Mills 55-42, Wilde Lake 56-50, and Marriotts Ridge 61-47! In those games, junior Kayla Wilson has averaged 17 ppg (including a career high 25 vs. Hammond), 4 reb, 2 assists, and shot 30/32 from the Free Throw line (94%).  As was announced earlier, Kayla was named Baltimore Sun/Howard County Times Player of the Week.  Freshman Emily Dorn has averaged 11 ppg (including a career high 21 vs. MR), 10.8 reb/gm, and 2 blocks/game. (Emily earned Howard County Player of the Week honors earlier in the season.) Sophomore Nia Powell stepped up with career highs vs Long Reach (12 points, 11 reb) and Marriotts Ridge (11 points, 16 reb).  Junior Haley Tiller, freshman Nat Verna, and senior Mary Dudzinski continue with their stellar all-around play. Good Luck to our Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball Teams! Both teams participate in the Regional Playoffs tonight!  The Girls team plays at 5 PM at Centennial High and the Boys team will host the Mt. Hebron Vikings here at Reservoir ... game time is 7 PM!  Regional tickets cost $6 ... Good Luck to both teams!

Congratulations to the JV Cheerleaders!

This past weekend, some of the JV Cheerleaders attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Family Days in Washington DC with our JV Coach, Ms. Janel Thomas. The event featured hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for K–12 children and their families to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
The cheerleaders also performed a cheer on stage and participated in a Science Quiz Show with the Science Cheerleaders (current and former professional cheerleaders from the Baltimore Blast, Washington Redskins, and Washington Wizards who hold Science Degrees, including Coach Thomas) which was hosted by the Editor-in-Chief of Discover Magazine. They were such a hit that they have been invited back to attend the USA Science and Engineering Festival in April.  Congrats again to our JV Cheerleaders ... thanks to Coach Thomas for providing this excellent learning opportunity!

Congratulations to the Visual Arts Program!

Many students in our art classes entered work in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. This is the largest national competition for high school art with well over 300,000 entries received this year. The first round of judging is done by regions. Our students compete with several other states in the Northeast region. Three levels of awards are given out at the regional level (honorable mention, silver key and gold key). Regional gold key winners work will also be forwarded on to nationals to be judged against other regional gold winners. Students who earn awards in the national competition go to Carnegie Hall in New York to be recognized and have their work exhibited in New York City. We will know in a few more weeks how our gold medalists finished at the national level. This year our students received more regional awards then we have ever earned before! Reservoir students artists and photographers brought home 51 awards, including 12 Gold keys!  Congratulations to the following Scholastic Regional Winners 2016

Octavia Ashton - Silver Key - Painting
Emma Bailey - Gold - Fashion; Silver - Sculpture; Honorable Mention - Drawing
Robin Bailey - Honorable Mention - Photo
Christina Barrett - Honorable Mention - Photo
Sami Bell - Gold - Photo
Holland Burkert - 2 Honorable Mentions - Photo
Ian Calma - Gold, 2 Silvers, Honorable Mention - Photo
Lyta Christian - Silver - Drawing; Honorable Mention - Sculpture
Alexis Clark - Honorable Mention - Photo
Ruby Diaz - Honorable Mention - Painting
Brendan Hankins - Gold - Photo
Brittney Hoover - Honorable Mention - Photo
Jon Howe - 2 Honorable Mentions - Photo
Sanaa Lakhani - Gold - Photo
Justice Lanclos - Silver - Painting
Mariah Lodise - Gold - Sculpture; Honorable Mention - Printmaking
Aly Lyons - Silver - Painting
Eva Macek - Silver - Drawing
Ananya Mathur - Silver - Photo
Merry Meyers - Honorable Mention - Painting
Heather Miller - Silver and Honorable Mention - Painting, Silver - Digital Art
Madison Nickey - Gold - Photo
Amanda O’Shaughnessy - Silver - Fashion; Silver - Sculpture; Honorable Mention - Drawing
Madhava Paliyam - Honorable Mention - Photo
Brett Size - 2 Honorable Mentions - Photo
Chad Size - Honorable Mention - Photo
Kayley Tarantino - Gold and Silver - Photo
Tierra Thornton - Honorable Mention - Photo
Melina Toibero - Gold - Photo
Jennifer Tran - Honorable Mention - Photo
Tommy Tucker - Silver - Photo
Chunlian Valchar - Gold - Animation
Allison Wagner - Gold - Painting
Chrystal Wilson - Silver - Mixed Media
Juwan Yi - Gold - Drawing
Thomas Yost - Honorable Mention - Photo

Congratulations again to the students listed above.  Well Done!

Thanks to our National Art Honor Society!

Students in NAHS participated in the Memory Project again this year.  The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty.

The purpose of the portraits to help these children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well being, and to give them something that can be kept as meaningful pieces of personal history. For the art students, this is an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness.
To complete this project, our students receive photos of children and teens from global charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in a number of different countries every year.  The students create portraits that are then sent to the Memory Project organization and their volunteers personally deliver each portrait.
These portraits were on display in our Atrium during February Conferences.  Thanks so much to the students who took part in this extraordinary project.  Truly awesome!
Special thanks to Mr. Greg English, Mr. William Borja, Ms. Christine Long, and Ms. Danielle Klim for their leadership with all of our Visual Arts Program initiatives ... outstanding!

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad Team!

This past weekend, our Science Olympiad Team sent 15 students to University of Maryland -- College Park to participate in our first ever Regional Science Olympiad Tournament.  Naveed Nekoo, Julia Yoon, and Greeshma Anand won awards in their respective events, Fourth Place in Electric Vehicle and Fifth Place in Bridge Building.

Based on their performance, the team has qualified for the State Championships at Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, April 23!

Congratulations again to the entire team for their hard work! Thanks to Ms. Doodigian for sponsoring the team!

If you are still interested in joining, please see Ms. Doodigian in Room 307.

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team!

  On Saturday at Western High School of Technology in Catonsville, the Speech and Debate Team was led by Brittney Sarpong who won the gold medal in Children's Literature with her performance of "A Story, A Story."  Brittney also narrowly missed winning a medal in Oral Interpretation of Poetry and Prose.  Shelby Johnson turned in solid performances in both of these categories.

Sarah and Sarene Owusu placed third overall in Dramatic Duo in a highly competitive field.  Rounding out our speech entries, Pauline Commissing and Sam Lavine both placed in the top ten in their categories.  Pauline performed an Adam Savage speech and Sam tackled several humorous questions.
In Lincoln Douglas debate, Ryleigh Griffin won her first varsity round!  Both Ryleigh and Sam Lavine  competed in very competitive debates about handgun control.
The last regular competition of the season will be held this Saturday, February 27.   The qualifiers for the championship tournament will be announced the following week.
Congrats again to our team members and thanks to Coach Mandile for all of her hard work!  Special thanks to Mrs. Lavine and RHS alum Brian Shouse for their help with judging at Saturday's competition!

Congratulations to our Music Programs!

  Several of our students were recognized recently for their outstanding accomplishments.  Congratulations to the students listed below:

Maryland Senior All State Orchestra
Kayla Krammes - Violin
Eva Sauer - Clarinet
Maryland Junior All State Band
Kirin Kambon - Saxophone
Howard County High School GT Orchestra side by side with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Kayla Krammes - Violin
Thomas Chung - Viola
James Waters - Tuba
Bruce Perry - Percussion
Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival
Brandon Gouin
Bruce Perry
Kirin Kambon
Alan Ismaiel
Erika Sowers
Ethan Kim
Wow ... a testament to the talents, hard work, and dedication of our music students and staff members!  Congratulations again on these wonderful honors!  Thanks to Mr. Colin O'Bryan, Mr. David Bacon, and Dr. Greg Knauf for their work with our music students!

Congratulations to the Wrestling Team!

  The Varsity came in Fourth Place in the 2015-16 Howard County Wrestling Championship this past weekend.  Placing for the Gators and qualifying for the regional tournament were Reese Kilcarr who came in Fourth Place at 106 pounds, Dalton Kleinhen who came in Fourth Place at 126 pounds, Todd Del Tufo who came in Third Place at 145 pounds, Shawn Hamilton who came in Second Place at 220 pounds, and Tyler Ecker who came in Fourth Place at 285 pounds.  Special congratulations to 2015-16 Howard County Champion AJ Strott at 195 pounds!

Congrats again to the Varsity Wrestling Team and our coaches, Mr. Andrew McIntyre and Mr. Josh Hamilton!

Good luck as they head to Northeast High School this weekend for the 3A/4A East Regional tournament!
Our JV team also had a successful Howard County Championship Tournament.  Tommy Tucker placed fourth at 182 pounds, Brandon Laing placed third at 285 pounds, and Justin Fargo placed second at 285 pounds.  Congrats again to the JV team and our JV coach, Mr. Jessie Moore!

Congratulations to the Allied Bowling Team!

  Last Friday the team traveled to Anne Arundel County to participate in the first "Howard vs. Arundel Bowling Challenge."  This event was a first for the program, and a big step for Allied sports!  Reservoir was one of four schools picked to represent Howard County.  Congratulations to Will Alexion, Chris Dominguez, Gillian Eisenberg, Marcus Grant, Chase May, Clara Scholz, Yihui Wang, and Konnor Young who showed great sportsmanship and team spirit.  Thanks to Coach Barb Mueller for her devotion to the Allied program!  Way to go, Gators!

Have a great weekend...Go Gators!