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Gifted Support
We would like to welcome you to Hershey High School's Gifted Support Services for the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to explore the various links at the left which provide information concerning upcoming academic events, activities and opportunities provided in our Gifted Support Program. New announcements are posted every month so check back for more opportunities.

  

OPPORTUNITIES FOR APRIL
 
THE USA MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIPSMemory Team
WHO: ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS AND GENERAL PUBLIC
WHEN: MAY 20, 2017 
WHERE: THE HERSHEY LODGE AND CONVENTION CENTER
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: USA MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE
We are proud to announce that this year's NATIONAL USA Memory Championships will again be held in Hershey, Pennsylvania!   If you do not know of this competition, the required events for the USA Memory Competition might seem to be more of a curiosity, but the discipline required to participate is not for the faint of heart.  Competitors compete in a grueling competition where they must memorize a deck of cards, a 50-line poem, a page of numbers, 200 random words and 99 names and faces.  This national high school activity was initiated by memory consultants for the US Government and Corporate communities in an effort to assist high school students with their studies.  Featured on the front page of the New York Times and OWN network, The Hershey Memory Team are nine-time national champions.  Students of the team have also held professional-level records in three of the events!!
 
 
GIRLS WHO CODE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
WHO: ALL INTERESTED FEMALE STUDENTS 6 - 12
WHEN: TUESDAYS 4:30 - 6:00 P.M.
WHERE: THE HERSHEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Girls in grades 6-12 use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. The program is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. Activities are available for girls with zero computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills taught are: Teamwork, confidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditional, and loops. Presenter: Julie Lobur & Contact Rita Smith (717) 533-6555 X 3707 or ritahuntsmith@derrytownship.org
 

Chatham CHATHAM COLLEGE SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
WHO: ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS
WHEN: JULY 30 - AUGUST 5, 2017
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND APPLICATION: CLICK HERE

Want to help build a happier, healthier and more equitable future? Interested in a career in sustainability but not sure where to start? Explore various sustainability careers during an unforgettable week-long academic and experiential retreat at Chatham University's Eden Hall Campus-- the world's first academic community built to be sustainable from below the ground up. Open to students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, as well as students graduating high school, Chatham's Sustainability Leadership Academy provides the opportunity for students to: Explore Pittsburgh during a day-long excursion through the city's sustainable highlights. Ask questions and gain mentorship from local leaders in sustainability and green building. Develop the leadership skills needed to be a change agent. Experience a taste of college life. Make like-minded friends from across the country. Participate in hands-on experiential learning with Chatham faculty in the field. Chatham College has also opened Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award, a national distinction geared toward high school juniors and seniors dedicated to sustainability and community development.

  

THE ROBERT COOK HONORS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM
WHERE: INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
WHEN: JULY 9 - 22, 2017
DEADLINE: ROLLING APPLICATIONS (BUT SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU APPLY EARLY)

Robert Cook Summer Honors Program is another quality summer program within a human budget. Creative, innovative and thought provoking, the program provides classes for part of the day and a seminar environment in the other. For more information and application, please check the following LINK.
 
 
 
harrisburg HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY'S SUMMER CAMPS
WHO: ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS
WHEN: SUMMER 2017 (VARIOUS PROGRAMS)

Harrisburg University is offering Summer Camps in fields such as forensics, robotics, video game development, computer science, biotechnology and drones. Each of the camps takes a unique look at a field of science or technology, or the business of science and technology. While learning is the key goal for these day camps, you’ll be surprised how much fun you can have letting your imagination run wild with the potential inventions, technologies, or scientific issues you can explore.  Plus many of these non-residential camps allow you to earn college credits. These camps are for incoming high school students through high school seniors. All the camps are day camps. Registration for these camps closes 30 days prior to the start of each camp. For more information and applications follow this LINK
 
 
PENNSYLVANIA FREE ENTERPRISE WEEK (PFEW)PA Free Enterprise Week
WHO: ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS
DEADLINE:
APRIL 7TH (ROLLING ADMISSION IF THERE IS FREE SPACE)
COST: $250 (THE REST IS PAID VIA SCHOLARSHIP)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND APPLICATION: CLICK HERE
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers in-coming high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run their own business. 
 
 
 
 
 
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The 2016 - 2017 Year in Review 
 
THE DOWNTOWN HERSHEY PROJECT  
 
WEB INTERNS & CONTRIBUTORS

Congratulations to Marisa Balanda, Emily Briselli, Meredith Chadwick, Chad Cocco, Emily Nolan and Natalie Norman-Kehe for providing content, tech support and photography for Derry Township's Downtown Hershey website.    

Hershey  
 
 
 
HERSHEY MEDICAL BRAIN BEE 
 
 
FIRST, SECOND, FOURTH AND FIFTH PLACE WINNERS 
 

Congratulations to Maheem Ibrihimi for winning the Brain Bee at the Hershey Medical Center. She will represent Pennsylvania at the National Brain Bee Competition in April in Baltimore, Maryland.

Veda Chanda took second place with Amy Wu and Avi Lukocher all placing in the top five.
 
BRAIN BEE  
 
Congratulations to Maheem for representing Pennsylvania at the National Brain Bee!  Maheem placed overall 9th in the nation and she ranked 2nd overall until the last round!  
Great work Maheem! 
 
Meheem  
 
 
 
PA STATE PSBA LEADERSHIP AND STUDENT DELEGATE CONFERENCE
 
 
STUDENT ATTENDEES AND PRESENTERS
 
Congratulations to Brenna Beck, Sarah Haverstick and Rafay Nasir for attending and being selected to present student platform issues at this year's Pennsylvania School Board Leadership Conference held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.     
 
 SCHOOL
 
 
 
PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED EDUCATION  
 
 
 
DISTINGUISHED STATE GIFTED STUDENT OF THE YEAR
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Erica Wang for being named Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education's Distinguished High School Student for 2016. 
 
 ERICA
 
 
VISIT HERSHEY HARRISBURG TOURISM BOARD
 
USA MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIP REPRESENTATIVE 
 
 
 
STUDENT DEMONSTRATION OF MEMORY TECHNIQUES
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Tuan Bui who flawlessly demonstrated memory techniques for  Hershey Harrisburg Tourism Awards.  This year's USA Memory Championships will again be held in Hershey and will be an 'educational training' year for new educational entities and individuals preparing for next year's 20th Anniversary which will be televised nationally.
 
This year's competition will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center on May 20th. 
 
 AWARD
 
THE SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARDS 
 
GOLD & SILVER KEY WINNERS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS

Congratulations to Smitha Ramesh for winning two Gold Medals in this year's Scholastic Writing Awards. Also receiving Silver Medals are Paige Beck and Angie Bu. Paige Beck, Angie Bu and Ciaochen Yuan also received Honorable Mentions for their works submitted to the competition this year.  

Scholastic
 
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THE APOLLO YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT  AWARD
 
NOMINEE
 
THE YOUNG AMERICAN WRITERS PROJECT (YAWP)
 
 PRODUCED STUDENT PLAYWRIGHT
Congratulations to Paige Beck for being nominated for the Apollo's Young Playwright Award.  Readings of nominees were held on February 23, 2017.  The winning playwright will be announced on May 21, 2017 at the Hershey Theater Apollo Awards.
 
Apollo
 

Paige Beck was also named as a selected playwright for Southampton's Young American Writers Project for High School students. The play festival was held in Southampton, New York and is a young writers program in conjunction with The Southampton Writers Conference, Stony Brook University. 

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HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER'S PULSE PROGRAM
 
 
HONORS CLASS 
 
Congratulations to Twisha Bardwaj, Desirae Chandran, Avi Lukacher and Amy Wu for being named among the Hershey Medical Center's PULSE Honors class.
 
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REGIONAL BUSINESS CHALLENGE 
 
 
FINALISTS
 
Congratulations to Eirinn Flanagan, Alexandra Rapp, Eman Asghar, Angela Bu and Diliana Farias (Team LightBite) and Aryana Davison, Paige Beck, Brenna Beck, Fatima Asghar and Noah Spochart (Team Syndicate) for placing among this year's finalists for the Regional Business Challenge. The teams will participate in the Chamber's 'Shark Tank' at Harrisburg University on April 26th. 
 
 BUSINESS
 
 
PENNFLL ROBOTICS
CHAMPIONSHIP

FIRST PLACE IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
    
 
Congratulations to Neo Zhou and his team, JABOCK (Just-A-Bunch-Of-Cool-Kids), for taking First Place in the Penn FLL State Championship. The team will now advance to the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26 - 29, 2017 
 
 Robotics
 
 
HERSHEY POETRY OUT LOUD AND SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION
 
 
FIRST PLACE AND RUNNERS UP 
 

Congratulations to Brenna Beck for winning First Place in this year's Hershey's Poetry Out Loud Competition. Kodiak Thompson placed second. Brenna placed as the alternate at the Regional Competition on February 7th at WITF studios.

POETRY  
 
Congratulations to Kodiak for winning First Place in the Hershey Shakespeare Competition. Cara McErlean placed Second.  Kodiak represented Hershey at the Central PA 30th Annual State Competition held in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania in February. 
 
Shakespeare  
Judges for the event included Clark Nicholson, Artistic Director (Gamut Theater), Charles Dumas, Professor Emeritus (Penn State University), John Waznak, (St. Francis University), Jessica Hylton & M.G. Gainor, (Lock Haven University)
 
 
 
 
THE REGIONAL KRYPTON ROBOTICS TEAM  
 
 
SECOND PLACE WINNERS 
 

Congratulations to the Krypton Cougars--A Regional Robotics Team which includes Hershey High School students interested in Robotics.

The Krypton Cougars (FIRST Robotics Team #2539) traveled to Hatboro-Horsham High School (Horsham, PA) outside of Philadelphia to compete in the season’s first regional tournament.  Battling through technical issues to make it through the qualifying rounds, the team made it to the finals, losing narrowly in the final tie-breaking match.  “It was down to one second,” said teammate Nolan Wilson, freshman at Hershey High School—“if our equipment would have lasted one more second we would have won the entire tournament!”  Robots were programmed to build ‘airships’ that would take flight after delivering gears to power the overhead helicopter-like rotors, while avoiding fuel spills (flying whiffle balls) and opponent robotic blockades. 

Team members from Hershey include Matt Campbell, Paige Beck, Wyatt Fegley, Nolan Wilson, Quentin West, and Ezra Smith.

Roboteam  
 
Congratulations to Paige Beck for being selected as one of two 'Dean's List' Finalists in the Robotics Competition.   
 
paige  
 
 
INTERMEDIATE UNIT SUPERINTENDENT'S LUNCHEON
 
 
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Noah Spochart for being selected to represent the Business Programs in Hershey High School's Business Challenge Teams. 
 
 NOAH
 
 

Do you hope be a great scientist or doctor?

Remember to look into a patient's eyes for the inspiration to try again.

An artist or writer?

It is what will give your work a heart.

A philosopher?

It will connect you with your soul.

For all of those who fear being 'used' in this world, know that it is better to be used a little, than to be totally worthless. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Prepared by Colette Silvestri, Gifted Support Teacher 
csilvestri@hershey.K12.pa.us
Phone: 717-531-2244 X1132
 
Website Updated: 4/10/17 , Copyrighted 2016 - 2017 School Year 
 
 

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