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Schools Notebook: Student musicians hit high notes; Science Fair winners announced

by | Mar 17, 2022 | Education

March has been a busy month for the Hopkinton Public Schools Music Department. It’s only fitting, as the National Association for Music Education officially designates March as Music in Our Schools Month, a time for educators to raise awareness of the benefits of music education for all children and that school is where all children should have access to music.

Concerts are being held for singers and musicians from Hopkins School to the high school.

Meanwhile, a number of local students were accepted to the 2022 Massachusetts Music Educators Association Junior Central District Festival: Owen Bayes (chorus), Aritro Chatterjee (orchestra), Urmi Chowduri (chorus), Julia Hoffmaster (chorus), Leah Hong (orchestra), Tarun Karthick Prasanna (band), Aditi Khistle (chorus), Joshua Kim (band), Acadia King (chorus), Simrit Kukreja (orchestra), Yulhee Kwon (orchestra), Vishuddhi Makeshwarah (orchestra), Alex Stephan (band), Arshia Tharakabushanam (chorus), Bentai Vacha (orchestra), Olivia Wiedenmann (chorus), Jacob Wu (orchestra) and Kevin Zhu (band).

Rehearsal and performances are to be held via Zoom in April and May. …

Additionally, the Hopkinton High School jazz ensemble earned a silver medal at the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators Central District 1 Festival held March 3. The ensemble received an invitation to MAJE State Finals, which were scheduled for March 26 at Norwood High School. Three Hopkinton High School students were recognized for outstanding musicianship: Sean Thapa (bass), Jacob Chastain (alto saxophone) and Ryan Hwang (drums). …

Hopkinton High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter includes 2022 valedictorian Celia Jenkins and 2022 salutatorian Olivia Sward.

Science Fair winners announced

The 34th annual Hopkinton High School Science Fair featured 41 teams showcasing their work for judges on March 2.

Top prize went to Simran Kaur for her project titled “Treating 2,4-D-Exposed Planaria with Drug-Supplement Interactions to Palliate Parkinson’s Disease.”

Second place was a tie between Ishita Khurana and Sahithi Pogula. Third prize went to Vania Gautam. The Valerie Lechtanski Prize for Perseverance was presented to Isael Thomas and Raquel Abraham.

Additional qualifiers for the March 11 regional fair included projects by Avani Da, Tomo Oga and Briana Mallouh; Dylan Strick and David Priefer; Evanya Mathur and Srilakshmi Venkatesan; Eva and Esha Bennet; Shrija Kumar and Garima Chauhan; and Arin Upalekar, Kaizar Rangwala and Alex Stephan.

HHS student wins state IT award

HHS student Sahithi Pogula was named Massachusetts winner of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. Students receive recognition for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. …

HHS is sending four robotics teams to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas in early May: Team 2602A, Team 2602F, Team 2602H and Team 2602J. …

A number of students from the HHS Business Professionals of America Club qualified for the national competition in Dallas in early May. …

Worcester Academy announced its honor roll and headmaster’s list for the first semester, and a number of Hopkinton students were recognized. Senior Ryan D’Amour earned first honors, while junior Ally Gray, sophomores Jonathan D’Amour and William Masterson and freshman Carly Brand were named to the headmaster’s list.

Marathon Fund offers scholarships

The Hopkinton Marathon Fund Committee is offering six $1,200 scholarships to Hopkinton residents who are graduating high school and have been accepted to a two- or four-year college. Applicants must have lettered in at least one varsity sport.

The deadline for applications is April 15 at 2 p.m.

For more information and an application, visit the town’s website (hopkintonma.gov) or email elainel@hopkintonma.gov.