We 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.




    DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2018
    The PULSE course will be held again this upcoming fall! Our topic for 2018 will be Cardiology! We will also be continuing our professional development and mentorship program.  Established in 2008, PULSE is the Penn State College of Medicine’s educational outreach program for high school students passionate about the biomedical sciences. The PULSE program is a semester long academic course taught at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. PULSE aims to cultivate interest in medicine, biomedical science, and healthcare systems science by introducing passionate learners to medical students, biomedical researchers, and practicing clinicians.  
    DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2018
    Participants in The Paradigm Challenge use their creativity and kindness to help save lives by generating home new ideas. The top 100 teams will win prizes ranging from $500 up to $100,000 from Project Paradigm. This year's challenge deals with wellness and health.
    DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2018
    Applications for this year's Robert Cook Summer Honors Program is now open.  This program where talented rising high school juniors and seniors get a first-hand look at life on campus. It’s a unique opportunity to explore college classes. Students make new friends, learn more about higher education, and feel a connection with other scholars.
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     The Young Playwright Reading at the Allenberry 
    July 2017 
    Congratulations 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 Team
    2017 -2018 
    September 2017
     Brain Busters
    Congratulations 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.  


    The Pennsylvania School Boards Association Conference 
    October 2017 
     A 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! 


    33rd Annual Brossman Foundation and Ronald E. Frisbie Science Lectureship and Competition  
    First Place
    November 2017
     Cangratulations 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 Student
    of the Year
    November 2017
    Congratulations 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 Competition
    The Voice of Democracy
     January 2018
    Get Smart  
    Congratulations 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 LINK
    Angie also took 2nd place in the regional Voice of Democracy essay competition. 


    World Affairs Council of Harrisburg's Poetry and Storytelling Festival & Competition
    2nd Place 
    January 2018
    Congratulations 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 Hershey
    Poetry Out Loud & Shakespeare Competition
    January & February 2018
    Winners 2018  
    Congratulations 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 Hershey
    High School 
    Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention 2018
    National Gold Medalist for Dramatic Writing
    March & May 2018
    Congratulations to the following students for their writing submissions to the
    Scholastic Writing Awards: 
    Fatima Asghar - Dramatic Script - Come Spring
    Amy Wu - Personal Essay/Memoir - The Day of Sawdust Bones
    Smitha Ramesh - Flash Fiction  - The Boy in the Chair
    Alexandra Rapp - Critica Essay - The Unsung Heroes of Justice 
    Smitha Ramesh - Dramatic Script - The New Girl
    Angie 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 Award 
    Honorable Mention 2018
    Congratulations to Fatima Asghar and Grabrelle Boyle for receiviing an Honorable Mention among the playwrights this year for The Apollo Young Playwright Award. 


    First Tech Challenge 
    (Team Spark)
    First Place 2018
    Regional winners   

    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 Competition
    First Place
    February & March 2018
    Brain Bee  Veda
    Congratulations 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 Championship
    March 2018
     Congratulations 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 Competition
    2nd & 3rd Place
    November 2017
                       TEAM GASTRONAUT                      TEAM NOVAURA                
                     2nd PLACE WINNERS                   3RD PLACE WINNERS
    Congratulations 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. 


    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.

    A philosopher?

    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 Teacher 
    Phone: 717-531-2244 X1132
    Website Updated: 4/23/18, Copyrighted 2017 - 2018 School Year