PT Students Qualify for State "You Be the Chemist" Challenge
Fifth grader Neha Kodali, 7th grader Vanessa Xiao, and 8th grader Arjun Kubal qualified on Saturday for the State "You Be the Chemist" Challenge, which will take place on April 29. The students competed in the local challenge against 39 students from 12 local schools. Vanessa Xiao placed 2nd overall in this local challenge. All 39 students participated in the three Preliminary Rounds and the 19 students with the highest cumulative scores advanced to the Intermediate Rounds. After the two Intermediate Rounds, the top 4 students based on cumulative scores for all five rounds advanced to the Semifinal Round and the top 2 students from the Semifinal Round advanced to the Championship Round.
They are pictured along with Keshvi Patel, who also competed, and Alexander Boeckmann, one of our alternates. Nandini Mathavan, our other alternate, was unable to attend.
Computer Science Students Participate in Contest at IUPUI
Several computer science students participated in the IUPUI high school computer science contest on Friday, March 10. The team of Alex Gu and Andrew Wu took 1st place in the advanced division, while Michelle Shen and Michelle Zhu earned runner-up honors in the advanced division. In this contest, teams work through a series of challenging programming problems and attempt to solve as many of these problems as they can within the allotted contest time. Congratulations to all students who participated: Matt Fu, Kevin Wu, Michelle Zhu, Michelle Shen, Jeremy Klotz, Justin Hu, Andrew Wu, Alex Gu, Rena Li, Aaron Chai, Christian Amstutz, Paul Miller, Olivia Xu, Jenny Zhao, Margherita Firenze and Emily Sun.
PT Students Bring Home Awards at Junior Classical League State Convention
Students from Park Tudor were among 324 delegates from 16 schools who attended the 64th Annual Indiana Junior Classical League State Convention March 10-11 at Indiana University. Students participated in academic, creative arts, and graphic arts contests as well as certamen, a Jeopardy-like competition. All contests involved competitors at the same level of Latin. Delegates also displayed their classical spirit during four general assemblies and attendance at a Roman banquet dressed in traditional Roman garb.
Despite competing as a team of three delegates against schools with 40 or more, Park Tudor placed 7th in the overall sweepstakes award. In addition, the chapter earned 2nd place for the Effie Douglas Membership Award for its increase in membership over last year. Team awards also included a 4th place finish in novice certamen as well as 1st place in intermediate certamen. As a whole, the chapter earned 12th place in delegate spirit. The three Park Tudor students also swept the sight Latin reading competition for each of their respective levels.
In individual contests, freshman Daniel Ehrlich placed 1st at the Latin I level in dramatic interpretation, Latin oratory, and sight Latin reading. For the academic tests, he placed 2nd in geography; 3rd in vocabulary, Roman history, mythology, and pentathlon (a five-component "all-around" test); 4th in reading comprehension; and 7th in Roman life and customs. Due to his phenomenal performance in the first three categories, Daniel was also awarded a trophy for individual achievement in creative arts. Despite competing as a team of one against teams of up to eight students, Daniel also placed 4th in the novice division of certamen and barely missed advancing to the final round.
At the Latin II level, sophomore Cy Orentlicher placed 1st in vocabulary, grammar, Roman history, mythology, derivatives, geography, sight Latin reading, and pentathlon. He also placed 2nd in reading comprehension and 3rd in mottoes, quotes, and abbreviations. Due to his stellar performance on the academic tests, Cy was also awarded a trophy for individual achievement in academics. Despite competing as a team of one against teams of up to eight students, Cy also won the intermediate division of certamen and received a trophy.
At the Latin IV level, senior Fariya Shamrin placed 1st in vocabulary, reading comprehension for advanced prose, and sight Latin reading; 2nd in grammar, derivatives, and pastel/chalk; 4th in black pencil; 5th in oil/acrylic painting; 7th in pentathlon; and 8th in reading comprehension for advanced poetry and mixed media.
These students - in addition to some who could not attend State Convention - are looking forward to the JCL National Convention hosted by Troy University in Troy, Alabama, on July 23-29. This will be an extended competition at the national level involving many of the same contests with the addition of athletic events and other activities. Interested students should see Latin Club and JCL sponsor Sarah McDaniels.