PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR 2018 - 2019
PROGRAMS AND GROUP ACTIVITIES
2018 - 2019There are a number of activities listed below which students may participate. However, for students and parents interested in 'incidental' opportunities, please refer to the MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS or Hershey High School's CLUB LISTINGS or GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT LINKS which provide additional or more 'subject specific' activities which are handled by advisors from the various departments throughout the school.The following activities are annual competitions and activities handled exclusively through the Gifted Support Department which are open to all interested Hershey High School students.
Fields of Study
Brain BeeThe International Brain Bee is a not-for-profit neuroscience competition for high school students. Directed by founder Dr. Norbert Myslinski of the University of Maryland, the Brain Bee is an attempt to motivate students to learn about the brain, to capture their imaginations, and to inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical brain research. There are currently about 70 Local Brain Bee coordinators worldwide that conduct competitions annually. The winner of each Local Bee is invited to attend a National Brain Bee competition in his or her own country, and the winner of each National Bee is invited to compete in the International Brain Bee Championship.International prizes include scholarships, travel awards, trophies and research assignments. Currently, the winner of the International Brain Bee Championship will be awarded $3,000(USD), a summer research fellowship with an acclaimed neuroscientist, and a traveling trophy for display at his or her school. The second place finisher will receive $2,000, and the third place finisher will receive $1,000.(Sponsored via an educational partnership with the Hershey Medical Center and the International Congress of Psychology and Society of Neuroscience)
CONGRATULATIONS TO VEDA CHANDA FOR TAKING 1ST PLACE IN THIS YEAR'S REGIONAL BRAIN BEE COMPETITION. VEDA REPRESENTED PENNSYLVANIA AT THE NATIONAL BRAIN BEE COMPETITION IN BALTIMORE, MD WHERE HE PLACED 8TH IN THE NATION!ALSO, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOP RANKING STUDENTS WHO QUALIFIED FOR INTERNSHIPS AT THE HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER.
Public SpeakingCorporate ProcessesHershey HS Corporate Headquarters(FBLA, Business Challenge, LaunchX, andPennsylvania Free Enterprise Week)
Because Hershey's been so active in the Regional Business Challenge, Mrs. Silvestri has decided to integrate some of her programs by also assisting with FBLA. The activities for business and entrepeneur skills will be FBLA, The Regional Business Challenge, Economics Pennsylvania, LaunchX (MIT), and Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW). These programs are open to ALL students.The Chamber Millenials Business Challenge is a competition providing high school students the opportunity to try the their hand at ‘real life’ problems. A problem is provided to them and they design an idea and company to meet that challenge. The following scenario is provided for this year’s competition.SPECIAL NOTE: To enhance our Business Challenge and In-School Internship Programs, we will be combining teacher advisers for Business Challenge and Future Business Leaders of America.The Regional Business Challenge is sponsored via an educational partnership with the Regional Chamber of Commerce and CREDCCONGRATULATIONS TO EIRINN FLANAGAN, ANGIE BU, EMAN ASGHAR, FATIMA ASGHAR, ALEX RAPP AND DILIANA FARIAS FOR MAKING IT TO THIS YEAR'S FINALS AT HARRISBURG UNIVERISITY. THE TEAMS TOOK HOME 2ND AND 3RD PLACE PRIZES AND OVER $1500 IN SCHOLARSHIP MONEY!!© 2010 - 14 Hershey Business Challenge Teams
Prizes include a travel award, individual certificates and cast prizes.
Timed TestingPA StandardsScholarships
Brain Busters is a regional competition sponsored by Westfield Insurance company. This program permits teams from regional schools to compete for scholarships and prizes. The questions involve higher level thinking skills in analysis and application as well as knowledge and comprehension. Because so many topics are covered, these exercises would be useful for students interested in Quiz Bowl and similar activities.Regional Grand Prize: $7,000
Portfolio DevelopmentCommunity Service PartnershipThis program basically provides for student participation in actual community programs and is an in-school internship in conjunction with Hershey High School's Internship Program. Students can construct and/or maintain websites for various nonprofits in the region or assist boards with other aspects of community needs.CONGRATULATIONS TO MADISON MASCARI AND OLIVIA WANDZINAK, FOR WORKING ON MAKING OUR THIRD YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH DOWNTOWN HERSHEY A SUCCESS.
Memory TeamThe USA Memory Championship is an Olympiad for 'thinking' games. Set up as a sporting event for Mental Athletes, the tournament consists of memory challenging tournament-style competitive events including memorization of: 99 names and faces, a shuffled deck of cards, an unpublished poem, speed numbers, and a list of 500 words. Mental Athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze awards in individual competitions as well as for the entire event. The USA Memory Championship and it's organizing committee are dedicated to the intellectual achievement of people by providing an understanding of the unlimited abilities of the human brain.
(Sponsored via an educational partnership with the USA Memory Champsionship)
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 HERSHEY MEMORY TEAM FOR TAKING FIRST PLACE IN ALL OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENTS AND SETTING ONE INTERNTATIONAL RECORD IN NAMES & FACESHELD IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.ALTHOUGH THE TROPHY WENT TO CV, EVERYONE ACHIEVED ALL GOALS.CONGRATULATIONS TO TUAN BUI WHO PLACED 4TH IN THE NATION AT MIT'S USA MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONALS HELD ON JULY 14TH, 2018
THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY
This program permits readers to enjoy weekly book club time to discuss Austen’s books and movies, the status of women, 18th Century British culture, food ways and the dress of the period.
VolunteerismLeadershipNational Public Lands Day Volunteer Projects
Three federal agencies and 700 volunteers launched the first National Public Lands Day in 1994. By 2010, participation grew to 170,000 volunteers at over 2,000 sites across the country, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.The holiday perpetuated the annual reunion anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps who entrusted this national holiday with their national September Reunion legacy.To participate or initiate a National Public Lands Day Project, please see Mrs. Silvestri. For additional information, please visit their LINK
Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with State Arts Agencies of the United States to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The winners of the local competition go onto the state and, if successful, onto the national competition in Washington, DC.(Sponsored via an educational partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Poetry Foundation)CONGRATULATIONS TO DILIANA FARIAS AND SMITHA RAMESH FOR PLACING 1ST AND 2ND IN THIS YEAR'S HERSHEY'S POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION.
DILIANA REPRESENTED HERSHEY AT REGIONALS HELD AT WITF IN HARRISBURG IN EARLY FEBRUARY 2018.
National Grand Prize: $20,000
The Scholastic Arts and Writing AwardsThe Scholastic Are and Writing Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, Regional Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts groups from around the nation to provide students, grades 7 through 12, to submit their works in 28 categories of art and writing. Applicants have the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Regional awards include honorable mention, silver and gold key medals and possibly the American Visions and Voices Awards. Gold and American Visions & Voice Awards on the regional level then qualify to be considered for national level recognition.CONGRATULATIONS TO FATIMA ASGHAR & AMY WU FOR WINNING GOLD MEDALS AND SMITHA RAMESH AND ALEX RAPP ALSO FOR RECEIVING SILVER MEDALS. SMITHA AND ANGIE BU ALSO RECIEVED AN HONORABLE MENTIONS FOR THEIR WORKS.A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS GOES OUT TO FATIMA ASGHAR FOR WINNING A 2018 NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC GOLD MEDAL IN DRAMATIC WRITING. HER WORK WAS HONORED AMONG OTHER NATIONAL WINNERS AT CARNEGIE HALL IN JUNE, 2018
International ExchangeShakespeare Competition &The English-Speaking Union Program
The English-Speaking Union is a British-based organization which provides international outreach programs for students and teachers. Their organization basically promotes all aspects and applications of the English Language and Culture. Among their programs are The Shakespeare Competition for High School Students (which provides a summer scholarship in London for students), Public Speaking and International Debate. Originally formed as a ‘goodwill’ program between nations, its present objectives are moving toward the enhancement of international education and understanding. This was Hershey’s first year with this organization and we are still exploring the program’s benefits.
(Sponsored via an educational partnership with The English Speaking Union Chapter of The United States. An international cultural exchange with Great Britain)CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX WINNICK FOR WINNING THIS YEAR'S HERSHEY SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION. ALEX PLACED THIRD IN THE STATE AT THE STATE COMPETITION HELD AT SAINT JOSEPH UNIVERSITY IN LORETTO, PA IN FEBRUARY, 2018State Grand Prize:
A 3-Day Theater Workshop @ Lincoln Center, NYC
A trip to London to study theater in a summer workshop
Intellectual Property Law
WIREWorks is an arts/technology workshop whose mission is to encourage students to create and produce original musicals and audience-based technologies. True to the original intent of Scotch'n'Soda at Carnegie-Mellon, WIREWorks encourages young artists & technicians to learn their craft through the creation of new works under the mentorship of teachers and professional in the fields of theater, music and technology. This program also provides ‘practice’ and development opportunities for future writers, set & costume designers, and student seeking other skills from various classes and programs offered at the high school. Technical skills, such as film, AutoCAD (for set design), sound, lighting and animation are also utilized via this program.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FATIMA ASGHAR AND GABRELLA BOYLE FOR RECEIVING HONORABLE MENTIONS FOR THE APOLLO AWARD AND ALSO TO FATIMA FOR RECEIVING SCHOLASTIC'S NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL FOR DRAMATIC WRITING.
Historical Research & Film Studies
Website Construction & ContentNational History DayNational History Day encourages students to create and produce original research papers, plays, websites and other audience-based activities in telling the story of Historical events. Students have the opportunity participate in Regional, State and National showcases and compete for prizes.CONGRATULATIONS TO KATE ZERLO, MAGGIE WU, MALLIKA KODAVATIGANTI, PAIGE CHADWICK AND MARCUS DUBREUIL FOR PLACING 2ND IN THE NHD REGIONAL COMPETITION. THEY COMPETED AT THE STATE COMPETITION HELD AT MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY IN MAY. 2015.Hershey's 2015 NHD Website: LINK
The Gifted Program sponsors at least one visiting speaker to talk to students about various careers and subjects per marking period. Speakers in the past have included specialists from the field of engineering, intellectual property law, entertainment and medicine.
Students interested in attending any of the visiting speaker forums should listen for further information via the morning announcements.
Principles of Construction
(Architecture, Construction & Engineering)
The Mission of ACE is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in these industries.
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED FOR 2018 - 2019Students should also see Ms. Smith for additional information in Guidance.
PULSE is an innovative program which unites Hershey medical students with high school students. This semester long program is held at the Hershey Medical Center on Monday evenings and introduces high school students to a number of medical topics via lectures, facilitated small-group learning experiences and supplemental activities. The program usually selects an area of study per year.Students should also see Ms. Smith for additional information in GuidanceTHE DEADLINE FOR PULSE REGISTRATION IS USUALLY MAY 30th OF EACH YEARMath ResourcesContestsCommunity ActivitiesConferencesScholarships.THE MU ALPHA THETA(MATH HONORS SOCIETY)This activity is not part of The Hershey Gifted Support & Enrichment Program. For the sake of enrichment opportunities, information to team membership and activities are provided.)Mu Alpha Theta's Charter provides students with the opportunity to fully participate in their enjoyment with mathematics and related fields of study. Students are provided a number of resources which include competitions, scholarships and even assistance if needed. Not new to Hershey High School, we had a chapter here at the school and are simply reapplying to resurrect the program again.To learn more about this exciting organization, simply click on the following LINKThe chapter is in the process of forming, so keep your eye on morning announcements as the program will be activated in the New Year.Contact Ms. Lemaster who is presently the new advisor for this activity.Robotics
ScholarshipsTHE KRYPTON COUGAR ROBOTICS TEAM(This activity is not part of The Hershey Gifted Support & Enrichment Program. For the sake of enrichment opportunities, information to team membership and activities are provided.)For Hershey students interested in learning more about robotics, Hershey students have participated on the 'regional' Robotics Team held in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. The group's mission "...inspire young people to be leaders in programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills while inspiring innovation. Through out mission, we help students foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership capabilities.CONGRATULATIONS TO PAIGE BECK FOR BEING SELECTED AS A STATE FINALIST (AND DEAN'S LIST MEMBER) WHICH QUALIFIES HER TO MOVE ONTO THE NATIONAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION IN SAINT LOUIS, 2018School ContactMrs. SilvestriPROPOSED PROGRAMSNOTE: Students seeking to do a graduation project mayconsider organizing and starting up one of thefollowing organizations.Astronomy
MathematicsAstronomy ClubWe are looking into possibly getting interested students together to Learn more about visual sky watching, use of binoculars and small telescopes and how to take pictures of the night sky. We hope to get students to participate in events sponsored by the Harrisburg Astronomy Society so that they may get to use the larger telescopes of the ASH observatories and enjoy informal after-class observing with Society members and their telescopes. Participants are encouraged to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. They also offer 9-week courses for interested students ($40.)
Information about The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg