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Schools Notebook: HHS quiz bowl team competes in national tourney

by | May 26, 2024 | Education

Following a championship at the Maine Quiz Bowl Alliance Fall Invitational III, the quiz bowl team from Hopkinton High School earned a spot in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ High School National Championship Tournament, a 320-team competition that was held May 24-26 in Atlanta.

UPDATE: The team compiled a record of 4-6 in the preliminary rounds. A loss to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in the 14th round ended Hopkinton’s chance to make the playoffs.

This marked Hopkinton’s first time attending the High School National Championship Tournament.

The team is captained by Abhishek Vijay and includes Pranamya Keshkamat, Gwen Parduhn, Ishan Ramesh and Alexander Stephan. HHS history teacher Mason Challinor serves as coach.

The Hillers competed in GBH’s “High School Quiz Show” earlier this year, winning their first match before bowing out of the competition with a loss to Mansfield in April.

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration.

Stage set for von Rosenvinge

The stage at the Hopkinton High School auditorium will be named after Valerie von Rosenvinge in a ceremony on Thursday, June 6, from 6-7 p.m.

Von Rosenvinge is retiring after 22 years as the school’s drama director. Also a teacher at HHS, she has written numerous plays and last year penned her second novel, “Rowing in Eden.”

Local collegians recognized

At Southern New Hampshire University, Katya Markovich, Elizabeth Demont and Annina Hendrick were named to the president’s list, while Jennifer Townsend and Zachary Levy were named to the dean’s list. …

Cameron Jerrett and Jacob Sullivan were named to the dean’s list at Clarkson University. …

Benjamin Martin was named to the dean’s list at Assumption University. …

Adam MacLeod earned dean’s list honors at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. …

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology that addresses an important societal need or issue. Senior Matthew Kiszla (computer science major) completed a project titled Customizing LLMs for Automated Academic Advising. Senior Aidan Wech (computer science) completed a project titled Isolation-Centric Operating Systems for the Enterprise. Senior Elisabeth Whittemore (electrical and computer engineering) completed a project titled Opportunistic Communication with Zero and Low Power Radios. Junior Aabid Peermohammed (mechanical engineering) was part of a project titled Green Bucharest: Nature in the City. Junior Andrew Kovacs (business and financial technology) was part of a project titled Developing Sustainable Tourism in Klong Ta In, Thailand. Junior Emma VanBeek (biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering) was part of a project titled Exploration of VR for Road Safety Awareness in Morocco.

Editor’s note: Information for college honors is provided by the schools. Those interested in being included in this section should forward the official notification or request for the school to email it to editor@hopkintonindependent.com.

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