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A group of 12 students participated in the MMATHS competition hosted at Yale on April 1, a long day of challenging and energetic fun.  There were approximately 140 participants from 12 schools ranging from New York to the Boston area, almost all from private schools with teams who compete and train regularly.  The competition consisted of  three parts, a team round, an individual round, and a mixer round, where students were placed in teams with students from other schools.

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Andrew Benz, 7th place finisher

Congratulations to Andrew Benz, who earned recognition as the 7th place finisher in the individual competition (top 5%).  Harrison Gill earned recognition as a member of the First Place team in the mixer round.

Students heard the keynote address by professor Po-Shen Loh, of Carnegie Mellon University, who is coach of the U.S. Math Olympiad team.  He spoke to the students about the value of working on and persevering with interesting, but hard problems.  He also emphasized the value in working with others to solve problems and the ability to communicate ideas effectively.

Thank you all for your encouragement of these students and fostering a culture which supports a strong and rigorous mathematics education as well as recognition and support of students whose talents also lie in academic pursuits!  And thanks again to Faculty Adviser Matt Buchta (Math Department, you guessed it) who spent his Saturday with  this amazing group of students.  Well done all!

Fourteen students and two faculty members (Nick Banas, Social Studies and Sybil O’Hare, English) have landed in China for an exciting three week stay which is a culmination of their year-long participation in the exchange program. We wish them safe and fascinating travels, and look forward to hearing their stories when they return.  Their day-by-day blog is a good read if you would like to keep up with them in real time. Click here or see the link to on the DHS website home page.

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DHS alumnus Kyle Byrne (on right of screen) was an active participant in DHS Blue Wave News during his years as a student. Two years ago, he began teaching English and Media at Colegio Lincoln in La Plata, Argentina, where he led students in producing their own student newscast, similar to what we do at DHS. He recently accessed a Blue Wave News episode from our website and saw a piece by senior Olivia Rodríguez about our Spanish 5 students engaging in video conferences. He wrote to suggest a video encounter between our two schools, and it took place on Thursday, March 30th.

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Senior Peter Kniffin exchanges comments and perspectives in real-time with seniors in La Plata, Argentina. Students in Spanish 5 trained for several days in the art of interviewing, active listening, and asking follow-up and clarifying questions — a challenge in English, and more challenging yet in their second language. They generated essential questions and specific goals for this conference, so that the information acquired would facilitate their creation of a report based on facts and perspectives gained during the video conference.

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To complicate matters, DHS seniors (including Izzy Howe, holding the microphone) had to learn to use the old Spanish pronoun “vos,” which is conjugated differently and not customarily taught in textbooks, but which every teenager in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and many other Latin American countries uses. Our Spanish 5 students did a first-rate job.

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Ethan Ehlers responds effectively to questions asked by peers far away, whose images clearly appeared on the classroom screen. Following the conference, excitement was intense. Our classroom was enlarged, and learning was extended far beyond the walls of our beloved high school. In one class period, much knowledge and understanding were gained, and new friendships were formed.

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Students at Colegio Lincoln had also studied interviewing techniques and excellently displayed their skills. Both groups of seniors – in both countries – applauded one another, and communication appeared effortless. Many thanks to DHS graduate Kyle Byrne, and to everyone in this “international classroom without borders” for making Thursday’s videoconference a great success which will be long remembered.

 

On Wednesday, March 29 ninety new members were inducted to the DHS Chapter of the National Honor Society.  Current members invited Franny Bittman (English Department) to give the Faculty Address.

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The National Honor Society is a service organization that aims to benefit our school and community; these students were selected because they have consistently met the highest standards of scholarship, service, character, and leadership.  Congratulations to our new members and look for their names to be listed in the Awards Ceremony program in May!

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 our Technology Student Association (TSA) attended their first state conference and competed against high schools from across Connecticut in various engineering, technology, and problem solving activities. The TSA has been preparing for the competition for the past few months but did not know what to expect at this year’s conference. Their dedication and hard work has paid off as the members from the team were able to bring home nine trophies on the day. Well done gentlemen!  And thank you to their Faculty Adviser Greg Darin (Tech Ed) for all your assistance getting this group off the ground this year.

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Gregory Darin (TSA advisor), Teddy Nolan, Evan Tong, Tanmay Mehta, Bailey O’Mara, John Harron, Clifford Blaze, Barak Mustafa.

Their awards included: Teddy Nolan, recognized as a High School Senior member of TSA; Evan Tong, 3rd Place in Flight Endurance; Evan Tong and Tanmay Mehta, 3rd Place in Debating Technical Issues; Bailey O’Mara and Clifford Blaze, 2nd Place in Debating Technical Issues; Barak Mustafa and John Harron, 2nd Place in Structural Engineering;  Clifford Blaze, 1st Place in Extemporaneous Speech; Tanmay Mehta, 1st Place in Prepared Presentation

Congratulations to our Model United Nations Club who won the best small delegation award at Boston College’s Model UN Conference this past weekend.  The club is led by Faculty Member Dennis Cabrera (Social Studies/History). Model United Nations is a simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Well done Brendan Berrigan, Michael Borecki, Mila Escajadillo, James Johnson, Henry Keena, Alex Mostofi, Taylor Richards, Arushi Samal, and Alex Wang!

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 Brendan Berrigan and Mila Escajadillo also took individual awards for Best Delegate within their respective committees.

We were thrilled to have the Athletics Department organize a two day visit from Elliot Hopkins, a nationally known speaker on hazing prevention and team building. Mr. Hopkins traveled from Indiana to speak with all our sports team coaches on Thursday night, and then gave a different presentation to the sports team captains on Friday morning. Besides his extensive work for HazingPrevention.org, Mr. Hopkins presented what may be his most impressive credential – the challenges he faced as a two-year Captain of the a 2-20 Wake Forest University football team in 1977-78. We had a Demon Deacon in the house!

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We are always proud of our students and I believe the message they received today was one of inclusion and giving voice to all team members, regardless of their grade.  Mr. Hopkins encouraged our students to look at team building and bonding in a new way, for example by volunteering at various venues to create shared experiences that are productive in nature.  The “C” designation is a privilege we all recognize and I feel confident we will have a stronger athletics program after what we heard today from Mr. Hopkins. Thank you to all our faculty for their patience in excusing the captains from first period class this morning, and thank you as well to the captains who as always make me so very thankful to be principal of such amazing young people. Let’s go Blue Wave!