This Week in the Ann Arbor Public Schools
March 3, 2014
This Week’s Good News!
• The Ann Arbor Huron Chess Team finished in first place at the Michigan Chess Association's state tournament on March 1 at Oakland University. The Championship team of Atulya Shetty, Alexander Deatrick (Bronze Medal), Justin Chen (Silver), Franklin Bromberg (Bronze), and Adam Abu-Shtayyah (Gold) defeated Detroit King in the final round to claim first place outright. The Reserve team of Yuyi Li, Pubutu Aberatne, Owen Hurley, and Katherine Ha also finished a respectable 2 - 2 in team play. This is Huron's ninth state chess title.
• Skyline senior, Jackie Qiu, has been selected as a Michigan Delegate for the 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. She will spend a week in Washington, D.C. participating in activities hosted by the U.S. Senate.
• Andy Hsiao has been honored with The Prudential Spirit of Community Award for outstanding volunteer work. A certificate has been presented and an engraved bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion will be awarded during a special ceremony on April 2.
• The following Skyline DECA students will advance to the state competition the weekend of March 14th in Detroit. They have really done an outstanding job!
Individual Finalists: Tharindu Caldera, Zena Shunnar, Kyle McLaughlin, Leo Dill-Gomes, Dan Lee, Brianna Eccleston, Michael Heyward, Cole Pieszchala, Paul Merica, Jaewon Hu, Mahmoud Farghal, Madeline Turner, Matt Parent, Willy Clark, Tyrn Smith, and Jake Allison.
Team Finalists: Alexis Bausch / Yishow Ribon, David Cui / Moustafa El-Kashlan, Josh Carn-Saferstein / Matthew Shanley, Liam Aronoff/ Scott Silverman, Addison Colenan-Brewer / Ethan Hiltner, and Peter Brody-Moore/ Noah Rothstein.
Alternates: Cole Stuart, Mason Nelle, Tyler Hansen, Joe Halpern
Sophie Potter, and Marshal Alexander-White/Jeff Chadwick.
• Congratulations to the winners of the Winter 2014 Michigan Special Olympics. Each of the four students participated in a figure skating compulsory competition and a freestyle competition:
Grace Cregar (Forsythe Middle School) - 2 gold medals
Alex Meints (Clague Middle School)- 2 gold medals
Hamzah Soofi (Logan Elementary)- 2 gold medals
Miranda Underwood (Angell Elementary) - 2 silver medals
• Congratulations to the Forsythe boys’ basketball teams. Both the 7th and 8th grade teams finished their seasons undefeated and won the championship trophies!
• On Thursday, February 27, the Pioneer High School A Cappella Choir performed at the Central Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). The A Cappella Choir sang a twenty-five minute program in the beautiful Hall of Mirrors in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were one of only twelve choirs from four states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, & Ohio) selected to perform at this convention and were chosen through blind audition last May. ACDA is a national organization of choral directors and includes professional, collegiate, secondary, elementary, community, and church choirs.
• The Pioneer Bands hosted the MSBOA District 12 Band and Orchestra Festivals on Saturday March 1st. Seventeen bands and orchestras performed. Pioneer Concert and Symphony Bands, under the direction of David A. Leach, and the Pioneer Concert Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Glawe, each received straight I’s from all four adjudicators in this state-qualifying event. Not only did the students perform their three prepared pieces and sight-reading piece beautifully, they also graciously and courteously represented Pioneer and our district all day long by helping each of the other groups who attended. It was a truly amazing day!
• The Skyline Concert and Symphony Orchestras also participated in the MSBOA District 12 Band and Orchestra Festival on Saturday March 1st at Pioneer High School. Both groups were judged by three concert judges and one sight-reading judge. MSBOA gives ratings from a 1 to 5 with a 1 being the highest. Both orchestras received a one rating qualifying them for State Orchestra Festival. Concert Orchestra received a 1 rating from all four judges.
Jeanice K. Swift