HIGH SCHOOL GIFTED SUPPORTWe would like to welcome you to Hershey High School's Gifted Support Services for the 2017-2018 school year. Please feel free to explore the various links at the left which provide information concerning upcoming academic events, activities and opportunities provided in our Gifted Support Program. New announcements are posted every month so check back for more opportunities.
THE YEAR IN REVIEWThe Young Playwright Reading at the AllenberryJuly 2017Congratulations to Paige Beck for winning last year's Young Playwright Award. Her play was read at the new Allenberry Resort in July. So happy that the gang all showed up to support Hershey!!The Hershey Brain Buster Team2017 -2018September 2017Congratulations to Jonathan Haidet, Omer Qureshi, Jason Zaprazi and David Mailman for qualifying to be the new 2017 - 2018 Hershey Brain Buster Team.They also won their first competition this past November 4, 2017.Good luck in the coming year!Alternates are Avi Luckacher, Taylor Koda, Tuan Bui, John Zhuan.TheThe Pennsylvania School Boards Association ConferenceOctober 2017A big 'thank you' and 'you're welcome' to Kyla Blazer and Vladimir Kellachow--Derry Township's Student School Board members--for representing Derry Township in the exhibit hall at the Hershey Lodge. We had a booth to represent the National High School Memory Championships which will be held in Hershey this coming year!The33rd Annual Brossman Foundation and Ronald E. Frisbie Science Lectureship and CompetitionFirst PlaceNovember 2017Cangratulations to Tuan Bui and Amy Wu for taking First Place in Millersville University's Brossman Science Competition.
Teams from over 20 school districts took the challenging examination covering science questions from geology, mathematics, biology, medicine, technology and other STEM fields. With questions posed by college professors from a number of departments, our Hershey High School teachers are to be commended in preparing our students for such challenges. Again, congratulation Tuan and Amy--you’ve made us Hershey proud !!The 2017-2018 Statewide Distinguished High School Studentof the YearNovember 2017Congratulations to Paige Beck for winning this year's Distinguished High School Student. The award was presented by The Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education.The 2017 Statewide Get Smart Video CompetitionThe Voice of DemocracyJanuary 2018Congratulations to Angie Bu for placing 2nd in the Pennsylvania Department of Health's 2017 Get Smart Video Competition. The top three winning videos will receive an award and will be published on the PA Department of Health's 'Get Smart' Youtube Channel to be enjoyed by a wider audience. Congratulations, Angie!!To see her work, check the following LINKAngie also took 2nd place in the regional Voice of Democracy essay competition.
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg's Poetry and Storytelling Festival & Competition2nd PlaceJanuary 2018Congratulations to Fatima Asghar for taking 2nd place in this year's World Affairs Council's Poetry and Storytelling Competition. As part of the competition, Fatima had the opportunity to read a selection of her play, Come Spring, to the attending members. Congratulations Fatima.The HersheyPoetry Out Loud & Shakespeare CompetitionJanuary & February 2018Congratulations to Daniela Farias for winning this year's Hershey Poetry Out Loud Competition. Daniela represented Hershey High School at the Regional Competition at WITF held on February 1, 2018. Martina Yee also was the musical entertainer for the Regional Competition.Also, congratulations to Alexander Winnick for taking first place in Hershey's Shakespeare Competition. Alex also took third place in the State Competition held at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania on February 17th, 2018.Congratulations Alex!!The Scholastic Writing Awards for HersheyHigh SchoolGold, Silver and Honorable Mention 2018National Gold Medalist for Dramatic WritingMarch & May 2018Congratulations to the following students for their writing submissions to theScholastic Writing Awards:GOLD KEY AWARD WINNERSFatima Asghar - Dramatic Script - Come SpringAmy Wu - Personal Essay/Memoir - The Day of Sawdust BonesSILVER KEY AWARD WINNERSSmitha Ramesh - Flash Fiction - The Boy in the ChairAlexandra Rapp - Critica Essay - The Unsung Heroes of JusticeHONORABLE MENTIONSSmitha Ramesh - Dramatic Script - The New GirlAngie Bu - Drawing and Illustration - Astronomical Inversion (Art)Angie Bu - Drawing and Illustration - Evanescent View (Art)And a very special congratulations goes out to Fatima Asghar who was named a National Gold Medalist for her dramatic script, Come Spring.Apollo Young Playwright AwardHonorable Mention 2018Congratulations to Fatima Asghar and Grabrelle Boyle for receiviing an Honorable Mention among the playwrights this year for The Apollo Young Playwright Award.Congratulations to Alex Winnick for winning an Apollo Award for Best Actor in a play!First Tech Challenge(Team Spark)First Place 2018
Congratulations to Neo Zhou, and Jeff Shi, and their FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, members of the TechFire FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team Both TechSpark FTC team is community-based robotics teams in York, PA.
On Saturday, January 27th, TechSpark took part in the FTC South Central PA Regional Qualifier, a daylong robotics competition. TechSpark was part of the winning alliance, and advanced to the State Championship. TechSpark also won the Control Award (Neo’s and Jeff’s team’s role was programming). This qualifies the team to move onto The FTC State Championship will be held on Saturday, February 24th.
After a pretty difficult state competition, the robotics team will be moving onto the next round of competition.The Regional Brain Bee CompetitionFirst PlaceFebruary & March 2018Congratulations to Veda Chanda for winning this year's Brain Bee held at the Hershey Medical Center on February 10, 2018. Veda moved on to represent Pennsylvania at the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Maryland where he placed 8th in the nation.The USA Memory Team ChampionshipMarch 2018Congratulations to the Hershey Memory Team for winning all Memory Events in this year's Team Competition. Also, Xuandi Yang of Hershey Middle School set new national records in team performance and one 'adult' national record in Names and Faces. Due to a special runoff for 'golden tickets' to MIT Cumberland Valley won the run-off for the overall Champion Trophy.In July all top four scoring teams will meet again at MIT to face off with adult competitors and the unveiling of the traditional USA Memory Championship!All of the teaching coaches are thrilled that an institution of higher education is finally taking notice of memory's role in learning!!The 2018 Regional Business Challenge Competition2nd & 3rd PlaceNovember 2017TEAM GASTRONAUT TEAM NOVAURA2nd PLACE WINNERS 3RD PLACE WINNERSCongratulations to the Hershey Business Challenge Teams for taking Second AND Third place in this year's Business Challenge. This year's 'Shark Tank' finals which took place at Harrisburg University on April 24, 2018.The Best & The BrightestPennLive AwardsCongratulations to Fatima Asghar for being named Hershey's Representative among regional high school students in PennLive's Best & Brightest Awards. Fatima, along with all the region's candidates, will be featured in The Patriot-News' special education section on May 27th, 2018. All of the candidates had their awards presented by Katie Shreckengast, Miss Pennsylvania from Palmyra!
The WIREWorks Hershey Area Playhouse Readings"Taking a Stand"Congratulations to Fatima Asghar and Belle Boyle and all of the cast members of this year's WIREWorks presentation of "Taking a Stand" young female voices rising!The cast included Eman Asghar, Brianna Dean, Angie Bu, Diliana Farias, Alex Rapp and David Mailman.With WIREWorks somewhat 'dorman't for two years save a small play here and there, the troupe will begin in earnest in the fall of 2018.The Derry Township Memorial Day Essay Contest1st PlaceMay 2018
Congratulations to Amy Wu for taking 1st place in the Derry Township Memorial Day Essay Contest. Amy will be reciting her essay at the Derry Township Recreation Center on Monday, May 28th @ 11:30.The National Scholastic Awards in NYCGold MedalistJune 2018A final congratulations to Fatima Asghar and all of the people who made her trip to Carnegie Hall a success. This event was not as simply as a gold or silver key. There is a whole artistic community that embraces our students.Thank you Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.The 20thUSA Memory ChampionshipCompetitionMITJuly 14, 2018Just when we were ready to kick back and call it a summer, MIT organized the 20th Anniversary USA Memory Competion. Only four high school students have been invited representing four schools. The rest of the competitors are nationally recognized adult competitors. With new events introduced and standards raised to almost inhuman levels, it looks like this is going to be a truly competitive event.Tuan Bui will be representing Hershey High School with Grace Smith representing Cumberland Valley. Both students are representives from the original Pennsylvania Memory League which kept the memory competition alive since 2015.
Do you wish to be a doctor?
Remember to look into a patient's eyes for the inspiration to try again.
An artist or writer?
It is what will give your work a heart.
It will connect you with your soul.
For all of those who fear being 'used' in this world, know that it is better to be used a little,
than to be totally worthless.Prepared by Colette Silvestri, Gifted Support Teachercsilvestri@hershey.K12.pa.usPhone: 717-531-2244 X1132Website Updated: 7/08/18, Copyrighted 2017 - 2018 School Year