Three artists qualify to compete nationally for speech team
Three Canterbury High School students recently competed in the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament. Aashka Piprottar, junior, competed in World School Debate and Poetry; Aliza Adhami, senior, International Extemporaneous Speaking; and Hannah Babcock, junior, Congress and Impromptu. The tournament was held in Dallas, Texas, from June 14 to June 19, with more than 7,000 students from around the country competing. “Although none of the three placed in the top 16, they gained valuable experience in their events and we are very proud of them,” said Coach Linda Alt, Canterbury High School Speech Team. “Aashka and Hannah are looking forward to competing next year to earn a spot in the national tournament again.” Adhami will be attending Cornell University in the fall.
Athlete Fritz named to Scholar All America Soccer Team
Jacob Fritz, Canterbury High School senior, has been selected to the 2015 NSCAA High School Boys Scholar All America Soccer Team. “This is one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the NSCAA because it recognizes exemplary achievement on the soccer field as well as in the classroom,” said Haroot Hakopian, national chairman, NSCAA High School Scholar All America Committee. To be considered for the Scholar All-American honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.75 GPA, must have demonstrated recognized excellence in high school soccer, and must have performed community service at the local, regional or national level. The honorees will be recognized at a brunch held August 1 in Orlando, Florida, and during halftime of the Citrus Bowl for professional soccer. Fritz received a letter this summer from the national chairman informing him of the selection. Fritz also was one of 20 to make the NSCAA Scholar All Central Region Team. He will attend DePauw University in the fall.
Scholar Peter Dun to represent the United States at International Biology Olympiad
Canterbury junior Peter Dun is one of four high school students in the nation selected to represent the United States as Team USA 2015 at the International Biology Olympiad in Aarhus, Denmark, from July 12-19. Members of Team USA earned gold medals at the Center for Excellence in Education’s (CEE) USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) national finals jointly sponsored with Purdue University on its main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. Nearly 10,500 students competed in the nationwide high school competition.
The mission of the USABO is to encourage excellence in biology education throughout the United States and to challenge students and their teachers to reach the gold standard in biology. The top 20 student finalists from the states of California, Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, and Washington were selected to compete in June at Purdue based on their scores on the USA Biology Olympiad open and semifinal exams.
During the two weeks at Purdue, the finalists participated in intensive theoretical and practical tutorials. The high school students studied with leading U.S. biologists who are experts in the fields of cellular and molecular biology, plant anatomy and physiology, animal anatomy and physiology, ethology, genetics and evolution, ecology, ethology and biosystematics.