HIGH SCHOOL GIFTED SUPPORTWelcome to Hershey High School's Gifted Support Services for the 2018-2019 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.
PULSE MEDICAL PROGRAM
WHEN: APPLICATION NOW OPEN
WHERE: THE HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER
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. Students may apply HERE
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 30 , 2019
The annual AuthorSHIP competition is on. Students may submit their best poetry, fiction or essays now. Winners will be pusblished in the 2019 education of AuthorSHIP and will be invited to an honorary ceremony at Shippensburg University! Prizes will be awarded ($50 for first place and $25 for runner-ups!).
THE REGIONAL BUSINESS CHALLENGE
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 5, 2019
WHERE: HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY SHARK TANK
The annual Regional Business Challenge has formally been announced for 2019. Students interested in business careers and the development of new products should consider submitting a business plan. Please see Mrs. Silvestri for additional information.
MINI-SYMPOSIUM ON SKIN CANCER
WHEN: APRIL 22, 2019
WHERE: HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER
The Penn State Hershey Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center’s Eighteenth Annual Mini-Symposium on Skin Cancer. The focus of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Mini-Symposium is to engage students and encourage their interests in the sciences while giving them a chance to experience working research labs. This year our focus is on the Careers in Cancer Care and facility tours. PLEASE SEE MRS. SILVESTRI FOR DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP.
THE USA MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHEN: APRIL 28, 2019
WHERE: PENN STATE HARRISBURG CAMPUS
Details are still to come, but we are very excited to announce that Penn State University will be hosting the 2019 USA Memory Championship at the Harrisburg Campus on Saturday, April 27th. This year's program will be sponsored by the School of Humanities and Education and will be focused on better understanding memory's role in education. All national mental athletes, teams and champions are invited to apply. Be sure to save the date. Registration and more details will be released in early March.
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HAPPENINGS IN THE GIFTED PROGRAMNATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS PROGRAMCongratulations to Madeline Barto, Levent Batakci, Tuan Bui, James Mullens, Smitha Ramesh for being named among the national semifinalist in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Around 16,000 students are named Semifinalists out of a pool of over 1.6 million students. Students qualify as Semifinalists based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)Of the 7,500 of the Semifinalists, 2019 National Merit Finalists are:
Smitha RameshThe Scholarship winners will be announced later in the Spring of 2019.PROJECTMARS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND POSTER COMPETITIONINTERNATIONALFINALISTCongratulations to Angie Bu for placing among the final 34 international finalists for the ProjectMars poster competition.The competition, sponsored by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Futureamic, AIA and Cinemark, is intended to get high school students from around the worldto start thinking of getting man to the moon and beyond.STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVESSTATE PSBA REPRESENTATIVESA very special shout out to Patrick Gavazzi, Advay Mongia and Carly Carrasco for representing Derry Township School District and the School Board at this year's Pennsylvania School Board Association's Annual Leadership Conference.
DISTINGUISHED HIGH SCHOOL GIFTED STUDENT OF THE YEARAWARD2018 - 2019Congratulations to Angie Bu for being named the recipient of The Distinguished Student Award with the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education (PAGE)This award is designed to recognize achievement in academics, the arts, innovation, leadership, and/or service for students across the Commonwealth. PAGE believes that this award inspires students to achieve their fullest potential, highlights high-ability students, and draws attention to the merit of addressing the educational needs of Pennsylvania’s gifted and talented children.DOWNTOWN HERSHEY WEBPAGE INTERNS(REPRINTED FROM NOVEMBER'S HERSHEY WRAPPER)
Madi Mascari is a senior at Hershey High School and an intern with the Downtown Hershey Association. Madi enjoys reaching out to the community via social media platforms for the Downtown Hershey Association and especially loved being a part of the Music on Chocolate series. Her favorite feature of Downtown Hershey is the Hershey Theatre, where she has performed in and watched several great shows. Madi also recalls fond memories of going to Hersheypark with her family while growing up, and feels lucky to have lived in such a wonderful and entertaining town her whole life.
Olivia Wandzilak is an intern with the Downtown Hershey Association this year and a senior at Hershey High School. Olivia enjoys getting involved with her community through the Downtown Hershey Association, and volunteering at their many events. Her favorite feature of Downtown Hershey is the new shops that line Chocolate Avenue. Each New Year’s Eve, Olivia has fun attending the kiss rise with her family and friends. Olivia recalls Sweet Lights being one of her favorite activities as a child, and is thankful to have grown up in such a wonderful town.BRAIN BUSTERSFirst Round &Second RoundsWGALCongratulations to David Mailman, Jonathan Haidet, Jason Zaprazny, and Avi Lukacher for winning their second round in the Regional Brain Buster Competition on February 3, 2019. The team will move onto compete again in March 2019.FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICAFALL/WINTER EVENTSREGIONAL MEDALISTSand FINALISTS2018 - 2019Congratulations to our FBLA Medalists and Finalists who competed in the fall/winter events. These individuals and teams will be competing in the spring Future Business Leaders Of America Competitions at the State Conference being held in Hershey in April.BROSSMAN FRISBIE SCIENCE EXAMINATION& LECTURESHIPMILLERSVILLEUNIVERSITYFirst PlaceCongratulations to Ann Liu and Angie Bu for taking First Place in this year's Brossman Examination for Science and Mathematics.POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITIONRound OneJanuary 14, 2019Regional RoundFebruary 7, 2019Jordan LewisRegional ChampionPA State ChampionThe National Poetry Out Loud CompetitionKennedy CenterWashington, DCApril 30/May 12019Congratulations to Jordon Lewis and Alina Zang for taking first an second (alternate) place at the 2019 Hershey Poetry Out Loud Competition. Jordon will now move onto representing Hershey High School at the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition at the WITF Studios on January 31, 2019. Winners of the Regional will represent Central Pennsylvania at the State Level.Congratulations to the participants in the competition. (Ahman Asghar, Taylor Koda, Breanna Dean, Jordon Lewis, Alina Zang and Aria Aubrey)Congratulations to Jordan Lewis who succeeded in competing against the winners of ten other regional school districts. She will now move on to compete at the State Level in Harrisburg on March 4th at the Pennsylvania Museum and History Commission. Congratulations Jordon!Congratulations to Jordan Lewis who succeeded winning the 2019 State Poetry Out Loud Competition!Competing against the winners of fifteen other State Art Districts, she will move onto Kennedy Center in April.SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARDS
Congratulations to Samantha Koegler and Amy Wu for receiving a Gold Key
Tuan Bui and Avi Lukacher both received Silver Keys
And also to Angie Bu – Honorable Mention
A very special congratulations goes to Samantha Koegler and Amy Wu for recieving National Silver Medals for their short stories.APOLLO AWARDYOUNG PLAYWRIGHT AWARD NOMINEESCongratulations to Maddie Mascari, Aria Aubrey and Alina Zang for being among the nominated young playwrights in the region for the Apollo Awards. These plays will be read and judged at the April 29th Showcase at the Hershey Theater when ALL nominees' plays will be publically read and presented. Winners of the award will be unveiled at the May 19th, 2019 awards ceremony at the Hershey Theater.PennDot Innovations ChallengeRegional WinnersState FinalistsApril 10thThe Red Wrench TeamCongratulations to Angie Bu and Eman Asghar for being named as Regional Winners for PennDot's Innovations Challenge. The next level of competition will take place on April 10, 2019 where they will be representing PennDot's Central Pennsylvania Region.Pennsylvania Governors Schools of ExcellenceThe Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global and International StudiesThe Health Career Scholars AcademyCongratulations to Alexandra Rapp for being accepted into The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global and International Studies. With the world becoming more interconnected, this program provides high-school sophomores and juniors with the tools to understand these changes via a number of courses at the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus.Congratulations also goes out Eman Asghar who was accepted into the Health Career Scholars Academy, also at the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus. The courses vary from year to year, but in the past have included health care for the chronically ill, family and child health, behavioral health, geriatrics, global health and public health.The Whitaker Center's Ecosystem of PA Logo ContestCongratulations to Angie Bu for being named the Winner of The Whitaker Center's Engine of Central PA Logo Award. Her accomplishment was featured on Good Day PA (Channel 27) this past February 18th.THE STATE BRAIN BEEThree of Hershey's Competitors placed in the top 10 finalistsCongratulations to Tuan Bui, Angie Bu and Lincoln Reter for placing in the top 10 competitors in this year's Brain Bee. These students will now qualify for an internship at the Hershey Medical Center in Neurology.
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: 3/20/19, Copyrighted 2018 - 2019 School Year