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          Notable Students


          TTE Beauty and the Beast
          Nidhi Jaison won $1000 at the Birmingham Girl's Robotics Competition
          Amogh Gowda Governors Service Award
          Nidhi Jaison wins Outstanding Leadership Award with $500 Scholarship at the Robotics Grand Rapid girls only competition.
          Zaraha Dance Club
          THS Sailing Team


          Congratulations to the following 2020 Coca-Cola Semifinalists! Divya Aggarwal, Matthew Dong, Andy Feng, Julia Genord, Amogh Gowda, Gurish Sharma, Pratham Soni, and Jennifer Won.

          Annie Tang, junior, recently won 2nd place at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Michigan Competition for piano in the Senior Division last month (November 2019). Consequently, she was named the alternate representative for our state at the upcoming District Level competitions.

          The THS Math Team made it to the Elite 8 of this year’s math tournament.  They entered the championship bracket as a 3 seed and just beat the 2 seed in our region. 

          Biology Competitions Club members Jasmine Wu and Madhavan Iyengar are state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Over 2,000 applications were submitted and their team will now compete to become the state title holder for Michigan to show how STEM can be applied to improve Troy High School.

          Biology Competitions Club members Victoria Dong, Anuya Gawaskar, and Vidhi Kamat won the Climate Superstars Challenge sponsored by Samsung, Energy Star, and the National Environmental Education Foundation. This was a 10-day after school challenge involving taking an active role in environmental literacy and energy efficiency. These three freshmen will now each be awarded a Samsung Galaxy tablet. Congratulations Climate Superstars!

          THS Students benefit Gleaners - On September 22, Troy High students, as part of Key2Finesse (www.key2finesse.org), a student-run non-profit organization, organized a speech, essay, art, and poetry competition benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank. The entire team consisted of almost 40 students from around southeastern Michigan, including Executive Board Members Krish Ghosalkar, freshman, Dhruv Muralidhar, senior, and Shaarav Shah, junior, along with volunteers Shreyas Athreya, sophomore, Varsha Penumalee, freshman, Aryan Singh, freshman, and Kaustubh Siriki, sophomore. Through more than three months of hard work, Key2Finesse was able to raise a whopping $48,648 which will go the Gleaners’ backpack program that provides underprivileged students with nourishment. Their amazing efforts were covered by FOX 2 News on October 12; see //youtu.be/eFCpi67sTmQ. This is the highest ever any student-run organization has donated to Gleaners.

          Emily Estrada Manzanares, senior, was nominated and participated in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this past June. Among many other life-changing presentations, delegates at the Congress heard from Nobel laureates and top medical school deans, learned about cutting-edge advances in medicine, and witnessed a live surgery!

          Abby Liang, junior, has been accepted into the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy. As a member of the Junior Academy, Abby will have the opportunity to collaborate with nearly 3,000 students from 94 countries on virtual challenges sponsored by industry leading companies and hosted on the innovation platform, Launchpad. These challenges are designed by the Academy’s education experts to help students develop 21st-century skills as they prepare for the jobs of the future.

          Congratulations THS students who achieved a perfect 36 on their ACT tests - Sophia Baik, senior; Reagan Choi, sophomore; Odelia Huang, junior; Rishyanth Peelaand, senior, Yusra Mahmood, senior, Arjun Kashyap, junior and Jasmine Wu, junior.

          Congratulations to teacher Virginia Riolo for being awarded the Outstanding High School Teacher Award by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants last evening at their annual banquet in Novi.

          Congratulations to the following National Merit Semifinalists: 
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          TTE Results of 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2018-2019 season
          Recent Troy High graduate and Biology Competitions Club past-president, Jason Zhang, placed in the top 4 students nationally for the USA Biology Olympiad, nearly 10,000 students competed! He went on to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad in Hungary this past July.


          Recent grads and Biology Competitions Club members, Finsam Samson and Yujie Wang, won the top prize for the Genes in Space Competition. They will now travel to the Kennedy Space Center to launch their experiment into space!


          Student Accolades and Awards 2018-2019

          Steam Sisters, a community problem solving team from Troy and Rochester, has won the first place for their project for their Senior CMPs Education category at the Future Problem Solving International Conference held last weekend at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Their project focused on educating middle school girls on the topics of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. There are 11 girls from Troy High School, Apoorva Mirji, Anna Ji, Angela Li, Abby Liang, Elin Lee, Nicole Kim, Purvi Raj, Parvathi Nagappala, Prajna Polamarasetti, and Sejal Patil.   Aishwarya Arvind from International Academy East, Julia Voyt from Athens High School and Rhea Narayan from Rochester High School, are also a part of the team. 

          Gina Moy, junior at Troy High School, was recently named the 2019 Champion in the <18 Concert Percussion category of the Hit Like a Girl contest.  Moy’s entry was Hinger’s Opus 1 on timpani; you can view her entry here:  //youtu.be/ZgMrcAYix58.  Hit Like a Girl is an annual international contest for female drummers and percussionists. Its purpose is to spotlight female drummers/percussionists and encourage drumming and musicianship for girls and women.   In its eighth year, the competition featured hundreds of entries in five categories from more than 50 countries with Moy besting entrants from Poland, Indonesia, Austria and the United States.  Gina says of her accomplishment, “I would like to thank Mr. Nutting, Mr. Greenwood and my private instructors for their huge support of my musical endeavors, and I hope this might encourage young students, especially girls, to pursue music and percussion.”


          Biology Competitions Club seniors Finsam Samson and Yujie Wang are one of 5 national team finalists in the Genes in Space competition. They will now receive mentorship from MIT and Harvard PhD scientists, attend Biology Space Camp this summer, present their research at a science conference, and compete to have their proposed DNA experiment carried out on the International Space Station.

          Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Troy High Short Story Writing Contest.
          First Place: Rules to a Weapon by Tracy Li
          Second Place: falling by Pallavi Chigurupati
          Third Place: Snatched Time by Sandhya Srinivasan

          We are the Troy United Archery team run by Troy High students Sanjana Chimalakonda, Aarti Phatke, and Siya Gupta. We started this club earlier this year as a enrichment program that is open to Troy high, Athens, and IA. We have been preparing for the past few months for a highschool state tournament for teams like us called the Michigan Archery High School Associations’s State tournament, which happened today at Harrison highschool. We wanted to let you know that the  tournament was a great success! We had five members from our team place in the top thee positions for their divisons and overall, we had a amazing time. We also were the highest ranking team and placed first statewide in the elite division.  We also became very popular throughout the tournament and had multiple people complement us on our coordination and togetherness as well as our skill. We made great a acquaintance with the tournament director and the other judges who said they would be looking forward to see us next year.

          Biology Competitions Club president, Jason Zhang placed 3rd in the 2019 National Biology Competition making him an “International Biology Scholar with Distinction”. Over 1,300 students competed in this competition from 92 international schools. Jason will receive a cash prize and is eligible for a partial scholarship to the University of Toronto.

          Congratulations to Prashanti Donthireddy who earned a perfect score on ACT (April 2019).

          On Friday, May 3, four Troy High Students traveled to UD Mercy  for the Michigan CyberPatriot Banquet to receive their award for finishing in 2nd Place Michigan Gold Division  in the CyberPatriot Competition.  The students, Saumyaa Sinha, Archana Matheswaran, Steffanie Joy, and Kenneth Gu went through 3 rounds of competition, each time placing near the top of all Michigan competitors.  Cyberpatriot is a youth cyber program created by the Air Force Association to inspire k-12 students towards careers in cybersecurity.  This competion is held annually and this is the first year of competition for our team from Troy High.  Congratulations to these students for all their hard work and effort!

          This past weekend 23 forensics students competed at the State tournament which they had qualified for previously. If you have these students please join me in congratulating them on an awesome showing . Our Shrek Multiple took FIRST place  in the state and it was the most talked about event the entire  competition- hearing people in hallways saying, “Go see Shrek perform -they are amazing” –was fun for me and I am sure their parents 😊 Students in Shrek are: Trinh Pafford- Sean Hodges-Shane Held-Hannah Cheshire -Traci Li- Elise Plane and Ravi Joseph

          Other notables – Prisha Grover took 6th in impromptu- 1 min to prep an unknown topic and she must speak for 5 min – she is amazing – ask her to do it for you😊- Sonia Ahmed was 7th in dramatic interp, Maggie Huber 10 in Prose , Dhruv Muralidhar 12th in oratory and Apoorva Mirji 12 in informative.  Our team was 8th in the state which is also quite an accomplishment given the number of teams.

          Please join me in congratulating the following students for their performance at DECA Internationals over the past 5 days in Orlando. Troy High students performed outstandingly well and I wanted them to be recognized for their efforts.
          Michael Song & Aniket Dagar placed 3rd internationally in their event, Sports & Entertainment Marketing. They received the coveted “DECA Glass” award for their overall role play and test performance. They had the opportunity to stand on the DECA podium for top 3 finalist at the International Grand Awards Show.
          Jahow Yu, Raghav Maini, Navneet Ramadurai and Allison Wei all placed in the Top 10 internationally for their events in Hospitality & Tourism and Business Management & Administration. 
          Dheeraj Kakulavarum, Jennifer Won and Evan Tondera all placed in the Top 20 internationally for their events in the Hospitality & Tourism industry.
          Ella Brandenberg, Jennifer Won, Raghav Maini, Jahow Yu, Dheeraj Kakulavarum, Navneet Ramadurai, Jack Kotas, Collin McManus and Min Lee were also presented with medals at the preliminary awards show for their high role play and testing scores. 
          In total, Troy High received 2 glass plaques and 27 medals at the international level! It was an outstanding awards day for our club. 
          It was a very exciting time to see this many students from Troy High on stage receiving awards from DECA at an International competition.

          Neha Aigalikar, with her team, won 2nd place in the State level Future Problem Solving tournament. She also participated in individual writing and came in 4th place. They will now proceed to National tournament in Boston.

          Pratham Soni, Junior, founded a non profit project organization tech2serve (tech2serve.org) in summer of 2018. The purpose and mission of tech2serve is to bring life changing technology to uplift under served communities through education, life preservation, and connectivity. Through Fall of 2018, Pratham raised over $4,000 to fund his organization. Using the funds he collaborated with a California based organization that develops software that enables the visually impaired to access education through talk to speech technology. Pratham then worked with two large educational institutions in India to identify visually impaired students who would benefit from use of this technology. He traveled to India over the Christmas break, and 101 visually impaired students were provided with cell phones and mp3 players with custom software loaded on the devices that enables these students to pursue higher education. The technology brought to these  students by Prahtam also improves their lifestyle with independence to navigate the streets, order food, message friends and families. Another project that tech2serve has been involved with is bringing CPR awareness among the elderly. He traveled through senior citizen homes demonstrating the basics of CPR and the benefits of it in emergency. For his exceptional service to others through his projects, Pratham was honored by the Troy Youth Assistance at their Annual Youth Recognition Awards on April 17th. He was awarded the Silver Star Award for exceptional service and example in the community of Troy.

          From over 10,000 students, Biology Competitions Club president Jason Zhang scored in the top 20 students nationwide for the USA Biology Olympiad. This is the second year in a row that Jason scored in the top 20. He will now compete at the USA Biology Olympiad National Finals at the University of California in San Diego from June 22nd to July 4th for a chance to represent the USA at the international level.

          Our THS/AHS robotics team has competed very well in the past 2 months. Our season's accomplishment culminated in

          • The robot advancing to semi-finals at Michigan State Championship (10 days ago)
          • Winning Michigan State Championship Chairman's Award
          • Ranking 30th out of 542 Michigan teams (see //frc-districtrankings.firstinspires.org/2019/FIM , our team is called 226 Hammerheads representing both THS and AHS).

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          Here's a brief video of our 150 lb. robot at the State Championship's playoff. During the end game, our robot (in blue color with red 226 bumpers, on the left side of the screen) does a climb onto a 19" platform: //youtu.be/ju1bWyzMPnc?t=128

          Congratulations to our band and orchestra students! -  Orchestra played brilliantly in Toronto, earning First Place in two categories, and Superior Ratings for all groups.  All five Troy Bands (Cadet, Concert, Symphonic, Jazz and Marching) earned “Superior” ratings, with the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble placing “Best In Category” (the Jazz Ensemble received the highest overall score of all performing groups). 

          Congratulations Apoorva Mirji! She won a Troy Garden Club 2019 garden walk high school honorable mention. 

          Congratulations Sandhya Manivasagam! She won two Troy Garden Club 2019 garden walk high school honorable mentions. 

          On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) held its annual Michigan Affiliate Award Celebration at the Eberhard Center on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Of the 79 award winners from Michigan, 3 were students at Troy High School.  Senior Claire Yang, Junior Lydia Tan, and Sophomore Lily Yang were recognized for the aspirations to work in the field of technology.  These three young ladies proudly represented Troy High School and have promising opportunities in their future!  Congratulations Claire, Lydia, and Lily!

          Troy High was represented by 2 teams at the Washington University Chemistry Tournament (WUCT), held at the Washington University in St Louis on April 6th. 43 teams from across the US competed in this annual competition. 

          Team 1 consisting of Pratham Soni, Jaewoo Kim, Edison Chiu, Kevin Wang, Kevin Zhou and Benjamin Liu placed 5th in the Breaking Bonds Competition and 8th place in the Cumulative Director's Award. 

          HOSA State Conference Results 2019

          • Amogh Angadi- 1st place in Nutrition
          • Shrey Aggarwal- 1st place in Epidemiology
          • Srijani Sengupta- 1st place in Human Growth and Development
          • Sohan Vittalam, Katherine Zhao, Jasmine Wu, and Allison Wei- 1st place in Biomedical Debate
          • Jane Kim- 2nd place in Home Health Aide
          • Navneet Ramadurai- 2nd place in Job Seeking Skills
          • Kenneth Gu- 3rd place in Medical Law and Ethics
          • Pratham Soni- 3rd place in Biomedical Laboratory Science
          • Divya Aggarwal- Finalist (4th place) in Medical Law and Ethics
          • Sophia Liang- Finalist (4th place) in Medical Terminology
          • Elliot Liu- Finalist (4th place) in Pharmacy Science
          • Mridul Akasapu- Finalist (5th place) in Nutrition
          • Sneha Dinda- Finalist (6th place) in Biomedical Laboratory Science
          • Viji Jambunathan, Kaylin Jung, Sara Huang, Tiffany Guo, James Gu, Jason Zhang, Peter Nam, and Matthew Yao- Finalist (6th place) in Parliamentary Procedure
          • Allison Liu- Finalist (7th place) in Sports Medicine
          • Yuvraj Jamwal, Marvin Jiang, and Michael Song- Finalist (7th place) in Public Health
          • Rishyanth Peela- Finalist (8th place) in Pharmacology
          • Priya Dutta, Dhatri Medarametla, Arlene Chen, and Michelle Baek- Finalist (8th place) in Existing Medical Innovation

          The Troy United High School Figure Skating “B” Team won first place In the Michigan State Competition for the second year in a row after winning first place in their District.  The team consisted of Rachel Burke and Sophie White from Troy High and Lauren Ferguson, Joy Liao and Emily Rosinski from Athens High School.  The “C” team placed seventh at the Michigan State Competition after finishing second in their District. The “C” team consists of Kristina Chen from Troy High,  Sydney Richardson from Athens and Deena Aboul-Hassan from International Academy.  The Coach for both the B and C teams is Christina Polychronou, who is a Troy High School graduate. 

          Troy High School has been ranked first place in the American Mathematics Competition 12A (AMC-12A) which was held on Feb 7th. It's a wonderful achievement as there are more than 1,700 public and private schools in the US.  In addition, Freddie Zhao and Reagan Choi got perfect scores on the exam; two of only 20 perfect scores out of 33,400 total test-takers.  Along with several other Troy High students, they will continue to participate in invitational exams as a part of the MAA math competition series.

          This past weekend the Troy High Model UN Delegation competed in its last conference for the collegiate season. They attended conferences these last couple months at Oakland University (2-day competition), Wayne State University (1-day competition), and at Michigan State University (3-day competition).  It was at Michigan State University's conference that our delegation took home the coveted and prestigious Best Large Delegation Award!  An award that we have not won in a couple years.

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          If you have any of the students below please congratulate them for their hard work and success:


          30 1st/2nd year students competed against Varsity delegations from 20 other schools

          Avani Prasad, 10th Grade

          Superior Delegate Award (2nd Place)

          Angela Li, 10th Grade

          Excellent Delegate Award (3rd Place)

          Kevin Kim, 10th Grade

          Excellent Delegate Award (3rd Place)

          51 students competed against 193 delegates from 13 other schools

          Highest Honors - Best Delegate:

          2nd Place - Outstanding Delegate:

          3rd Place - Honorable Mention:

          Eliya Imtiaz, 12th grade

          George Azar, 12th grade

          Howie Wang, 10th grade

          Allison Wei, 10th grade

          Ridaa Khan, 10th grade

          Areez Ahmed, 10th grade

          Allison Liu, 10th grade

          Om Shah, 10th grade

          Alankar Shende, 11th grade

          Niheera Aedla, 10th grade

          Jahow Yu, 12th grade

          Avani Prasad, 10th grade

          Olivia Simone, 12th grade


          Jyothika Vijay, 10th grade

          Sharanya Swaminathan, 9th grade


          Kevin Kim, 10th grade

          Viji Jambunathan, 12th grade


          Shreya Rudagi, 10th grade

          39 students competed against 850 delegates from 40 different schools

          *THS delegation was awarded the BEST LARGE DELEGATION AWARD!

          Highest Honors - Best Delegate:

          2nd Place - Outstanding Delegate:

          3rd Place - Honorable Mention:

          4th Place - Verbal Commendation:

          Olivia Simone, 12th grade (1st year club member)

          Eliya Imtiaz, 12th grade

          Hari Sanil, 11th Grade

          Justin Fernando, 12th grade

          Noihrita Masud, 12th grade

          Amrita Uma, 11th grade

          Aileen Liu, 9th grade

          Molly Capelli, 11th grade


          George Azar, 12th grade

          Kevin Kim, 10th Grade

          Chloe Pottenger, 10th grade


          Niheera Aedla, 10th grade

          Shreya Powar, 10th grade

          Jahnavi Bhatt, 12th grade


          Elise Kennedy, 10th grade

          Allison Wei, 10th grade

          Aniket Dagar, 12th grade


          Sharanya Swaminathan, 9th grade

          Angela Li, 10th grade

          Jahow Yu, 12th grade


          Alankar Shende, 11th grade


          The Troy Entrepreneurship Club traveled to Eastern Michigan University and competed in the Skandalaris Business Plan Competition.  This year, Aimee Zheng and Sid Lakhani came home with the first place in business plan and presentation skills for their plan called Onconomiks.

          Biology Competitions Club and AP Biology students competed in the USA Biology Olympiad and five Troy High students are progressing to the semifinals. Over 5,000 students competed and these students scored in the top 10% nationwide: Kenneth Gu, Pratham Soni, Andrew C. Wang, Jasmine Wu, and Jason Zhang. 500 Internal Server Error

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          Junior Science Humanities Symposium (JSHS), Astha Dalal won 1st place in Michigan and Matthew Dong won 4th place for presenting their scientific research to an audience and judges at Wayne State University. They will be traveling to nationals in Albuquerque, NM April 24-27.

          At the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit (SEFMD) where students present their scientific research posters to judges, team members Peizhi Liu and Kevin Zhou earned the top honor as Grand Award Winners. They will now travel to Phoenix, AZ from May 12-17 to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In addition, several Troy High students earned additional honors: Amol Kirtane (1st place), Matthew Dong (2nd place), Astha Dalal (4th place), Pratham Soni (4th place), Divya Aggarwal (Excellence Award).      

          Astha Dalal (11th grade) has secured first place at JSHS- Junior Science Humanity Symposium this year

          More good News from last Saturday! Some non-Chinese heritage students participated in 2019 Michigan China Quiz Bowl at Wayne State University, and they did an amazing job. Please congratulate them if you see them on  this great achievement!

          High School Division 1: (Coach: Sue Lin)

          1st Place Winners:  Bret Dickerson, Brandon Nguyen, Joseph Slaviero 

          3rd Place Winners:  Eva Jaku, Dasha Safronova, Vishesh Verma (These three Boulan Park  

                                               Middle School students are taking Chinese 1 at Troy High.) 


          Division 2: (Coach: Meiyu Chang)

          4th Place Winners:  Caden Chambo, Seonghyo Kim


          Division 3: (Coach: Meiyu Chang)

          1st Place Winners:  Phoebe Oh, Imani Rinke, Sarah Shakhloul 

          3rd Place Winners:  Minseong Kim, Swarith Reddy, Joshua Vijayasegar


          Division 4: (Coach: Sue Lin)

          1st Place Winners:  Nathaniel Drasovean, Molly Capelli, Shruthi Sunilkumar


          Art Contest

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            1st Place:  Jong Won Choi

            2nd Place:  Rema  Shkoukani


          3-D Category

            1st Place:  Semi Park

            3rd Place:  Justin Park


          T-Shirt Category

            2nd Place:  Mikayla Anderson

          Yesterday was the annual Japan Quiz Bowl competition at UM, Ann Arbor.  We had two teams from Level 1 class and one team from Level 3 class.  All three teams brought home a trophy for their wins.  The two level 2 teams ended up competing each other in the final round.  😊  This is the first time ever for Troy High Japanese classes to win trophies at Japan QB!  Moreover, ALL of them brought one home!  They all worked hard to prepare for the event.  Please congratulate all the students below for their hard work. 

          Division 3

          1st Place:  Marcus Chung, Chloe Pottenger, Rishi Rallapalli, Teagan Walters

           Division 1

          1st Place:  Diana Kim (Jihyeon), Skyla Lee (Seeun), Lachlan O’Neill, Heejin Shyn

           Division 1

          2nd Place:  Nicholas Griffin, Sebit Paik, Rohit Rajala

          This past weekend Troy High DECA spent their time competing at the State Conference at Cobo Center. 74 students represented Troy High over the course of a 2-day competition. 

          Out of those 74 students, 47 of them were called up on stage to receive an award for either their test or role play performance. Troy High received 42 role play medals, 14 test medals and 39 finalist medals. 

          Troy High had 17 students qualify to attend International Competition in Orlando, Florida late April. 

          A few standouts from the crowd: Navneet Ramadurai, Jahow Yu, Angela Li, Evan Tondera and Allison Wei all “swept” their category, which means they placed first in their category for all of their competitive events which included 1 test and 2 role-plays.

          The following students qualified for International Competition - please congratulate them if you have them in class:  Jahow Yu, Raghav Maini, Michael Song, Aniket Dagar, Angela Li, Marina Sun, Jennifer Won, Allison Wei, Navneet Ramadurai, Dheeraj Kakulavaram, Jack Kotas, Lily Renke, Ella Brandenberg, Aditi Jain, Ambika Thirupathi, Evan Tondera, Kenneth (Kenny) Gu 

          Several other students received amazing scores, simply losing out a spot at Internationals by just a few heartbreaking points. DECA has students compete in flights and several of our students who qualified for Internationals last year were unfortunately placed against other students who qualified last year as well. Unlucky flight draw in many cases.

          Congratulations to Lydia Tan, Julia Considine, Paula Delgado, Emy Galustyan, Abigail Liang, Divya Shankar, Tiffany Xu and Lily Yang for their recognition in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing competition, Southeastern Michigan Art Region.

          Congratulations Sandhya Srinivasan, senior, who recently won the 2018 Stephen Bonga Award for Prose for a short story. The story was also published in the same magazine that hosted the Stephen Bonga Award writing contest.

          Congratulations Environmental Activist Club, they have moved from a “green” school, to an “emerald” green school.

          Congratulations Darren Zeng, 10th grader. He recently received a Gold Key in 2019 Scholastic Art Writing Awards of Southeastern Michigan Art Region.

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          Gina Moy was selected to participate in the Julliard summer percussion program.  She is one of only 16 selected across the country.

          Congratulations to our National Merit Finalists!

          On January 27, Finsam Samson, a senior at Troy, took first place in the 2019 Brain Bee at MSU competition. We are very excited to send Finsam off to the National Brain Bee at Penn State Medical School the weekend of April 12-14 where he will compete in written and oral testing rounds, as well as sessions on neuroanatomy, neurohistology, and patient diagnosis. A press release can be found on the Brain Bee at MSU website.


          Congratulations to Michael Song for being named a MHSAA Scholar-Athlete! //www.mhsaa.com/News/Press-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/7954/Scholar-Athlete-Award-Recipients-Announced-In-Class-A

          Troy High’s Ocean Bowl Team competed Feb. 2 at UM in the Great Lakes Bowl.  The team of Matthew Dong, Pratham Soni, Jasmine Wu, Carol Zhang, and Allan Zhou took first place and will compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Washington DC in April.
          Congratulations Avani Prasad (9th grade) for winning 4 Scholastic  Awards in the MidWest Region!  She received an honorable mention for her painting and three of her writing pieces received a Silver Key. 
          The Model UN Students did exceptionally well this weekend at the University of Chicago International Conference.  This year out of the 16 Troy High delegates 15 received awards, 7 of which received Outstanding Delegate (1st place).   They competed against 131 schools and over 3,000 students both domestic and international.
          Andrew Tabaka earned the Rank of Eagle with the Boy Scouts this week. His project was building 3 little lending libraries in front of Leonard Elementary and in it's neighborhoods. 
          The SAA released their 2018 fall all-sportsmanship teams this week, recognizing student-athletes who displayed outstanding sportsmanship over the course of their seasons.  Among those honored were Troy's Lindsey Bolas, a graduate of Troy High School, who competes on the Oglethorpe Women's soccer team.
          Congratulations to Amogh Gowda who was selected as a Distinguished Finalist for the state of Michigan in the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards! 
          Natania Shi, entered her work into the Scholastic Arts and Writing competition. On Friday, she was awarded a Silver Key for a poem she wrote! Silver key recipients are awarded to the top 7-15% of entries.
          Congratulations to Hemanth Tadepalli, Senior, he was appointed as a representative for the Troy City Planning Commission.
          Congratulations to Roger Wang on being named the winner in the East Central Division MTNA Competition "Junior Performance." 
          Troy High DECA competed at District competition this past Saturday and had an excellent showing! 92 students competed with 74 studentsadvancing to DECA State Competition in March at Cobo Center. 
           77 Troy High students made it on stage to receive a test, role play or state placement medallion. 
           We also had some very exciting scores on Saturday - Rachel Wu, Zahra Ahmad, Jahow Yu & Raghav Maini all received perfect scores on their role play. Students who received the top test scores for Troy High were Jahow Yu, Raghav Maini, Navneet Ramadurai, Kenneth (Kenny) Gu and Allison Wei. 
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          th 2018. They also won the Inspire Award and the Finalist Alliance Award at the Farmington Hills Qualifier on Dec. 8, 2018. The team made it to semifinals at the MI State Championship. PixelBotics also won first place and the highest score in OCCRA (Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association) Bloomfield Hills Tournament on Nov. 7,2018.
          The team consists of three 8th graders, Jonathan Chen, Justin Choi and Tyler Yee from Boulan Park Middle School. They also have two Troy High students and Hammerheads FRC 226 members, Angela Xu, Ethan Chen, and an Athens student, Jessica Zhang, as youth mentors, who have contributed greatly to the success of PixelBotics this season.
          Congratulations Freddie Zhao for being named a Coca-Cola semifinalist!
          Freddie Zhao (senior) and Reagan Choi (9th) attended Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC) by forming a team with six other students around the southeast area of Michigan.  They ranked 6th overall among the 40 teams in Division A, and also ranked 2nd in their 'team round'. Also, Freddie and Reagan were selected as finalists, top 10 scorers in each four topics in math; Algebra, Combinatorics, Number theory and Geometry (Only two from Michigan). 
          PUMaC is a 13 year old math competition that is run by the math club in Princeton university, and became one of the most popular and challenging high school math competition run by university in the US. More than 60 teams who were carefully selected by their past achievement from other math competitions competed each other this year. Past competitors have been admitted to some of the best universities in the world, including Princeton and its peers.
          The new Troy High Sailing Team is ranked 64 in their district!
          Congratulations to Aadharsh Acharya, Senior, who received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT!
          Congratulations National Merit Semi Finalists! Aadharsh Acharya, Priyal Bajaj, Michael Davis, Nathaniel Drasovean, Aaron Feng, Tiffany Guo, Kevin Huang, Sara Huang, Vijayashree Jambunathan, Sibbharat Koripella, David Kuang,Preethi Kumaran, Peizhi Liu, Raghav Maini, Marina Malyarenko, Iman Manzoor, Renuka Murthi, Yong Jin Nam, Marion Ni, Kulin Oak, Vasanth Palanisamy, Sisir Potluri, Finsam Samson, Srijani Sengupta, Prashant Shankar, Zenon Stepien, Hansen Wang, Matthew Wang, Yujie Wang, Kimberly Xing, Claire Yang, Matthew Yao, Jahow Yu, Hanchi Zhang, Jason Zhang, Frederick Zhao
          Harikrishnan Sanil (Grade-11, Troy High), has won laurels at the International Geography Olympiad and World History Bee championships in Berlin, Germany.  He was part of Team-USA, representing the United States and won two medals – a Gold Medal in Berlin Treasure Hunt & Geography Quiz (Junior Varsity); and a Bronze Medal in Berlin Conference Simulation (Junior Varsity). This was the grand finale, the culmination of a year-long series of exams (written & practical), quizzes and several other competitions in various formats at state, national and international levels. Coach: Sanil Neelakantan
          Congratulations to Anish Kotnis, Senior, who received a perfect score of 36 in the ACT!

          Student Accolades and Awards 2017 - 2018

          Emily Pytell, 9th grader here at THS was invited to represent TEAM USA in Flanders, Belgium, at the Sport Vlaanderen Nieuwpoortweek Regatta. She qualified based on her scores from the national Team Trials regatta in May.
          Congratulations to Jason Zhang He scored 6th place in the University of Toronto's National Biology Competition. In addition, Troy High scored 6th place as a school for this international biology competition.
          Jason Zhang (11th grader) is one of the top 20 students in the United States for the USA Biology Olympiad exam (nearly 10,000 students competed!). He will now travel to San Diego in June for 10 days to compete for a spot on the USA team (top 4 in the US) which then competes at the International Biology Olympiad in Iran. //www.cee.org/events/usabo-finalists-announced
          We are very pleased to let you know that Pratham Soni and Matthew Dong, Sophomores competed at the 2018 Intel Science and Engineering Fair last week in Pittsburgh. Over 1,800 students from the world (80+ countries) competed in what is the highest level of STEM research based science fair for high school students in the world. Their work: Context-Aware Medical Image Super-Resolution Using Convolutional Neural Networks, was awarded Second Place by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
          Your athlete, Morgan McDonald (Lacrosse) has been selected as a nominee for the Detroit Free Press Sports Awards!
          Congratulations! You have been awarded the 2018 Sutton Foster Ovation Award® for BEST DIRECTION for your production of The Addams Family!
          I am writing to congratulate one of your students, Kevin Li, for his second place finish in the Bloomfield Hills Financial Stock to Scholarship Challenge. We had 400 students from the tri-county area participate this year in a stock trading game from 2/5-4/13 with a pseudo $100,000 brokerage account. His final account value was $115,649.72- and during the game, the S&P 500 was only 0.27% (essentially, flat).
          This in itself is a great accomplishment. Yet he also won second place in our 2015 contest during his freshman year, and again second place his sophomore year in 2016!! The odds of that happening are just outrageous.
          On behalf of the Council for Economic Education (CEE), congratulations on your team’s success for making it to the Finals of the National Economics ChallengeSM!  We look forward to hosting your team in New York City,May 19th – May 21st, 2018 to compete for the title of National Champions.
          Below are the names of the four students who will represent your school at the Finals:
          1. Amol Kirtane
          2. Alex Xu
          3. Dhruv Muralidhar
          4. Claire Yang
          Congratulations to Anerudh Bharani and Marcus Chung. Both these young men successfully passed piano student achievement tests this year.
          A follow up to this past weekend at the State Forensics Tournament – We placed 8th overall – out of about 50 teams—and students with individual honors were:
          Maggie Huber – FR – 13th place Children’s Storytelling
          Prisha Grover – JR -  5th Impromptu
          Dhruv Muralidhar SO  3rd Oratory  
          Katie Tenniswood- SO
          Mallory Boque-SO
          Anna Klingler-SO
          Trinh Pafford –JR
          Sean Hodges –SO
          Shane Held -SO
          Robert Stout -SO
          Were all part of our Multiple and took 2nd place.
          The Troy High DECA students are easing back into school today having returned from 5 days in Atlanta, Georgia for the International Career Development Conference competition. 
          Troy High had AMAZING results at the competition with 11 students called up on stage to receive competition medals.
          22 Troy High students competed with 12,000 students from the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico. If you happen to have the following students in class, please give them a high five or pat on the back - to place at this level is truly an excellent achievement. 
          Quinn Favret & Kaylee Won: Medaled for placing in the top 10 in the nation 
          Raghav Maini: Medaled for placing in the top 10 in the nation 
          Marina Sun: Medaled for placing in the top 10 in the nation
          Erin McManus & Nisha Bhargava - Medaled for placing in the top 20 in the nation
          Runxuan Jiang - Medaled for placing in the top 20 in the nation
          Erin McManus & Nisha Bhargava - role play medal
          Quinn Favret - test medal
          Raghav Maini - test medal
          Runxuan Jiang - 2 role play medals
          Caitlyn Moon - test medal
          Muyang Wang - test medal
          Clare McAuliffe - role play medal
          Dheeraj Kakulavaram - role play medal
          All in all, Troy High DECA had 4 students place in the top 10, 3 students place in the top 20 and 20 medals total awarded to our students. 
          The staffs of the Gladiator yearbook and Chariot newspaper brought home 58 individual awards for their work. Last year’s yearbook earned a Spartan Award with distinction– the highest honor given to a publication in the state. This year’s newspaper earned a gold medal with distinction.
          Bianca Bucholtz, Emily Houde, and Logan Smith were all selected as members of the all-state journalism staff. In addition, Logan was also recognized as this year’s All-MIPA Yearbook winner which makes him the top yearbook student in the state.
          Troy Youth Assistance (TYA) recognized many of our Troy High Students this past Wednesday for their contributions to the community! Congratulations to individual honorees Lily Aldinger, senior, Zachary Chbihi, freshman, Claire Hao, senior, Tessa Kaminski, senior, Sribharat Koripella, junior, and Shruthi Sunilkumar, sophomore. TYA also honored THS-affiliated groups Baker Alumni Coaching Science Olympiad Students,Leonard Elementary Cabin Leaders, and THS Peer Mediators.
          Alex Hom (THS sophomore) recently earned his Eagle Scout rank with Boy Scout Troop 1707.  He worked 133 service hours over 15 months to create kitchen survival kits for a homeless shelter in Pontiac.  He is also a member of Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society for Boy Scouts of America.
          Congratulations to Apoorva Mirji! Apoorva won two prizes in the Troy Garden Club's 2018 art competition!  The the grand prize of $100 and also the high school second prize.  Youngeun Keum, Parker Scott and Anna Zhao won a Troy Garden Club 2018 garden walk art competition honorable mention award-high school.
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           James GuPreethi KumaranMichael SongPratham SoniSwarith ReddyFinsam SamsonHansen WangClaire Yang, and Jason Zhang. Over 5,300 students competed in the USABO open exam and these nine THS students scored in the top 10% of the nation and will now compete to be finalists.
          Jacob Maher, a senior, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 1702.  His public service project involved raising money to provide backpacks & school supplies for elementary students in Detroit.  The Troy High Jazz Combo performed at his fundraising event and helped him raise nearly $4,000.
          Richard Yang was recently named a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar, one of 150 selected from a pool of over 90,000 initial applicants. He will receive a $20,000 scholarship award along with an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta from April 19-22 as part of the 2018 Scholars Weekend and Leadership Development Institute where he will meet the other scholars from around the US and grow as a leader. The scholarship seeks well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically, but are also actively involved in their schools; these scholars are passionate and service-oriented, demonstrating a sustained commitment to bettering their community.
          Richard Yang has been selected as one of 20 Most Valuable Student Elks Scholarship finalists from a pool of nearly 29,000 other applicants. He will receive a minimum scholarship award of $20,000 along with an all-expense paid trip to Chicago from April 26-29 to attend the Leadership Weekend. There he will meet the other finalists, develop as a leader, and interview for a chance to win one of the top prizes of $30,000, $40,000, or $50,000. The scholarship is sponsored by the Elks National Foundation, a charitable organization with other 2000 lodges around the US, which seeks to sponsor students with leadership skills and a passion to help their communities.
          Kelley Liu received two gold keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! 
          On March 22-24, Troy High HOSA competed at the HOSA State Conference in Grand Rapids, with 51 students recognized as finalists in their events and 13 students placing top three to qualify for HOSA Nationals. A full list of finalists and national qualifiers are available on the school website. A huge congrats to our students for such outstanding achievements!
          Behavioral Health
          Claire Hao: 2nd
          Biomedical Debate
          Surya Sanjay, Jasmine Wu, Harshini Padala: 6th
          Arlene Chen, Dhatri Medarametla, Michelle Baek: 7th
          Biomedical Laboratory Science
          Pratham Soni: 1st
          Finsam Samson: 4th
          Shrey Aggarwal: 1st
          Bharat Koripella: 5th
          Forensic Medicine
          Emily Wang, Michelle Li: 8th
          Health Career Photography
          Lauren Alberts: 4th
          Human Growth & Development
          Srijani Sengupta: 2nd
          Aimee Zheng: 4th
          Medical Innovation (Existing)
          Hayley Cho, Sahita Gandra, Preethi Kumaran, Sahara Pinnu: 1st
          Neha Kuchukalanti, Renuka Murthi, Anagha Srivatsa, Priyal Bajaj: 6th
          Medical Law & Ethics
          Viji Jambunathan: 3rd
          Medical Math
          Rohit Goru: 3rd
          Kevin Zhou: 6th
          Medical Reading
          Katherine Lee: 6th
          Amogh Angadi: 2nd
          Mridul Akasapu: 7th
          Parliamentary Procedure
          Neil Garg, Teja Pulavarthi, Stephen Kurapati, Daniel Won, Kamal Kadali, Marvin Jiang, Vaibhav Srinivasan: 7th
          Daniel Zheng, Dhanush Bathala, Adithya Sanjay, Sid Lakhani, Muyang Wang, Ethan Lazrado: 8th
          Claire Yang: 5th
          Physical Therapy
          Elena Renke: 2nd
          Prepared Speaking
          Shannon Li: 1st
          Public Service Announcement
          Jinxi Dam, Afriti Chinoy, Esha Ghosalkar: 7th
          Researched Persuasive Writing & Speaking
          Priyanka Pulvender: 8th  
          Transcultural Healthcare
          Amogh Gowda: 8th
          Congratulations to Troy High School
          A dominating performance by Troy High School during the 2018 Amerisure Michigan Economics Challenge as they brought home State Championships in both the David Ricardo and Adam Smith divisions. Each member of championship teams will receive $250 into a MESP 529 plan and an opportunity to qualify for one of 16 spots in the national finals in New York City this May!
          We just received this email from our officers for Future Problem Solvers.  GO TROY COLTS!!! 
          Parvathi Nagappala 
          -3rd Place Middle Division Individual, with an invitation to internationals
          Renuka Murthi-
          -1st Place Senior Division Individual, with an invitation to internationals
          -Semi-finalist Senior Division Scenario Writing
          Vrushali Ambardekar, Priyal Bajaj, Tiffany Guo, Lilian Xiao
          -2nd Place Team Senior Division, with an invitation to Internationals
          Renuka Murthi, Srijani Sengupta, Puja Kumar, Marion Ni
          -3rd Place Team Senior Division

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           Matthew Dong and Pratham Soni. They will now compete at Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) in Pittsburgh in May. //student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef
          Amol KirtaneFinsam SamsonJason Zhang, and Marvin Jiang placed first. Yujie Wangplaced second. These 5 students are all eligible to compete in the statewide Michigan Science Fair at Kettering University in April.
          Freddie ZhaoSpencer LiuDivya Aggarwal, and Dipika Rao placed third. Sara HuangShivani KonduruRunxuan Jiang, and Priyanka Pulvender placed fourth. James Gu and Srijani Senguptaplaced fifth.
          Congratulations to these Juniors for PERFECT ACT scores! Renuka Murthi, Nathaniel Drasovean, David Kuang , Yongjin Nam, Finsam Samson, Yujie Wang, Jason Zhang
          I am very pleased to let you know that Matthew Dong and Pratham Soni (both sophomores), are the Grand Prize Winners at the 2018 Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit (SEFMD) held at the Cobo Hall this week. As a result they will now be competing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair at Pittsburgh in May.
          DECA students competed this past weekend at the State Conference at Cobo Center in Detroit. Troy High had an outstanding showing with 22 students qualifying for International competition (listed below) in Atlanta this April. 
          We also had 54 out of the 64 students that attended & competed up on stage at the awards show to receive an award for either their test performance, role-play performance or placing as a finalist in their category. Troy High received 22 plaques for students continuing on to International competition, 34 yellow ribbon medals (signifying top placement for role-plays), 18 blue medals (signifying top placement for test scores) and 39 red-white-blue medals (signifying top placement in their category). 
          Muyang Wang also medaled in both the Mathematics & Economics Examinations, an extra competition that they offer at the State level.
          It was a great day to be a Colt! If you see the students below, wish them luck for Internationals in Atlanta.
          Students advancing to International Competition in Atlanta, Georgia:
          • Navneet Ramadurai
          • Emily Stabinsky
          • Clare McAuliffe
          • Griffin Hendren
          • Brian Oh
          • Raghav Maini
          • Marina Sun
          • Demitra Loucopolous
          • Alanah Soriano
          • Kaylee Won
          • Quinn Favret
          • Jennifer Won
          • Nisha Bhargava
          • Vedaant Garg
          • Michael Song
          • Shruti Gomer
          • Muyang Wang
          • Erin McManus
          • Runxuan Jiang
          • Kenny Gu
          • Catherine Manceor
          • Caitlyn Moon
          Congratulations to James Ge, Rishy Peela, Anupam Gatta and Chakransh Kapasiya! They came in 6th place in the Michigan High School Chess Tournament.
          Three Biology Competitions Club students are regional finalists for the South-East Michigan Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. Jason Zhang, 1st place regional JSHS finalist, Runxuan Jiang, 2nd  500 Internal Server Error

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          Some non-Chinese heritage students participated in 2018 Michigan China Quiz Bowl at Schoolcraft College, sponsored by Wayne State University, and they did an amazing job. Please congratulate themon this great achievement!
          Division I (Coach: Sue Lin)
          4th Place Winners
          Kunwoo Kim
          Seonghyo Kim
          Division II (Coach: Meiyu Chang)
          2nd Place Winners
          Dominic Marra
          Phoebe Oh
          Sarah Shakhloul
          Jae Woo Kim
          Division III (Coach: Meiyu Chang)
          3rd Place Winners
          Sophia Baik
          Jieun Lee
          Semi Park
          Johnny Burns
          Division IV (Coach: Sue Lin)
          1st Place Winners
          Aadharsh  Acharya
          Leya Chambo
          Nathaniel Drasovean
          Yong Jin Nam
          3rd Place Winners
          Yejin Kim 
          Vaibhav Srinivasan
          Megan  Worrel
          The Troy Entrepreneur Club attended the Sesi Conference last week.  Quinn Favret won first place for his business plan “Know Your Snow.”  He also won first place for presentation skills when he presented before everyone. 
           Kelley Liu  has been named a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Finalist in Writing, the organization’s highest honor.
          Congratulations to Esha Ghosalkar! She was awarded the Governor’s Service award for Outstanding Volunteering work.
          Congratulations to Astha Dalal, grade 10. She presented her research, “Towards a Non-Invasive Measurement of Cancer Stem Cells,” during a scientific meeting of Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage(MAPI). She won 2nd Place amongst the high school students.
          Congratulations to Matthew Wang, Jason Zhang, Girish Muthumula, Hanson Wang, and James Gu. They just won the Science Bowl Championship title in the one and only region in Michigan over the past weekend.  The team will be representing Michigan to compete in the national competition, sponsored by Department of Energy, during the last week of April.  
          Harikrishnan Sanil of Grade-10 had participated in the University of Toronto Model United Nations Conference, held in Toronto, Canada from Feb-08 through Feb-11. This year's conference was attended by nearly 1000 delegates from three continents. Hari was the Chinese Ambassador at the UN Security Council, working with other nations to adopt a two-state solution between Turks and Kurds and negotiating disarmament of biological weapons. Hari performed very well on all four days and won the "Best Delegate Award". The criteria for the award are: presentation skills, leadership quality, knowledge of topic, quality of contribution to debate, adherence to rules of procedure and country policy, quality of resolution, directive drafting and composure. Hari received a certificate along with a gavel and sound block at an Award Ceremony at University of Toronto.
          Jonathan Wang, freshman, has recently qualified for the 2018 Junior Olympic Fencing National Championships this February in Memphis! Congratulations Jonathan! The Troy United Figure Skating Team had their second competition this week at the Suburban Macomb Ice Rink.  The team medaled in five of their six competitions, taking second place in two events and third in three others. Currently the B team is in first place in the division. Their next competition is in February.
          We were thrilled to learn that six THS juniors have achieved perfects scores on the ACT test! Congratulations to Nathaniel DrasoveanDavid KuangYongjin NamFinsam SamsonYujie Wang, and Jason Zhang.
          We had an absolutely amazing day at District Competition for DECA this past Saturday at Lake Orion High School. 71 students competed representing Troy High and 64 out of 71 qualified to move on to State Conference & Competition at Cobo Center in mid-March. 
          We also had 41 of those students “Sweep” - which means they won every medal possible in their category (test score medal, role play score medal and state qualifying medal).
          Grand totals for Troy High DECA:
          • State Qualifier Medals: 64
          • Yellow Ribbon Medals (role play score medals): 59
          • Blue Ribbon Medals (test score medals): 48
          Go Colts!!!
          “Sweep” Students (state qualifier medalist, test score medalist, role play score medalist):
          • Zahra Ahmad
          • Robert Banas
          • Nisha Bhargava
          • Danielle Boyer
          • Anna Fairman
          • Quinn Favret
          • Vedaant Garg
          • Shruti Gomer
          • Kenny Gu
          • Griffin Hendren
          • Frank Huang
          • Kolin Jaku
          • Runxuan Jiang
          • Alondra Kannu
          • Sema Khraishi
          • Angela Li
          • Demitra Loucopoulus
          • Raghav Maini
          • Clare McAuliffe
          • Erin McManus
          • Collin McManus
          • Ishan Mehta
          • Caitlyn Moon
          • Brian Oh
          • Hafsa Qureshi
          • Saloni Singhal
          • Michael Song
          • Alanah Soriano
          • Emily Stabinsky
          • Marina Sun
          • Abhi Thirupathi
          • Evan Tondera
          • Malavika Vengilatt
          • Muyang Wang
          • Kaylee Won
          • Jennifer Won
          • Rachel Wu
          • Jayson Your
          • Jahow Yu
          • Kevin Zhang
          • Annette Zhao
          Additional State Qualifying Students + Several Medaling in 1 Yellow/Blue as well (indicated):
          • Samay Achar
          • Apoorva Akalankam (yellow)
          • Akarsh Alapati (yellow)
          • Ethan Alexander (yellow)
          • Ali Armin (yellow)
          • Adam Basa (yellow)
          • Ella Brandenberg (yellow)
          • Isabella Cueny (yellow)
          • Taylor Davis
          • Ryan Dong (yellow)
          • Dheeraj Kakulavarum (blue)
          • Nate Kovacs (blue)
          • Min Lee (yellow)
          • Catherine Manceor (yellow)
          • Lily Renke (yellow)
          • Kate Rivers (yellow)
          • Gabriela Rowe (yellow)
          • Tessy Sheko (yellow)
          • Sid Soni (blue)
          • Anshula Sundram (yellow)
          • Julia Thomson (yellow)
          • Miah Tompkins (yellow) 
          • Madeline Trumbauer (yellow)
          Navneet Ramaduri, Swarith Reddy and Silas Yang all medaled for test scores and/or role play scores, but unfortunately did not qualify for state competition. 
          Congratulations to Jessica Chen, Felix Liang, Kevin Xu, Tiffany Xu, Marcus Chung, and Jessica You. All placed in their paino divisions at the annual MAC Open Fall Classic Competition held at the Evola Music Center in Shelby Township on November 4-5, 2017.
          THS has 9 Siemens semi-finalists this year. The Siemens Competition is one is the most prestigious research competitions. The finalists will be announced soon. Here is the website, the list is an attachment on the bottom: 
          THS has 3 siemens finalists! 
          Congratulations to Nicholas Gajewski (11th Grade/Junior). He bowled a 300 on Saturday 12/9/2017.
          2016 - 2017 National Youth Arts Awards Announcement
          As some of you may know, the Troy Theatre Ensemble enters our 2 shows each school year in the National Youth Arts Awards competition.  The results of the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2016-2017 season were just released, and the Troy Theatre Ensemble earned 3 awards and 11 additional nominations!
          Lead Actor in a Musical: Tyler Bouque as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls
          Lead Actress in a Musical: Raagini Chandra as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls 
          Costume Design: Michael A. Gravame for Guys and Dolls
          Lead Actor in a Musical: Sean Hodges as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls
          Lead Actress in a Musical: Annie Rowbal as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls
          Lead Actor in a Play: Tyler Bouque as Tom Newton in Who Am I This Time?
          Supporting Actor in a Play: Ibrahim Isaac as Harry Nash in Who Am I This Time?
          Supporting Actress in a Play: Bianca Bucholtz as Doris Sawyer in Who Am I This Time?
          Supporting Actress in a Play: Emily Lourim as Catherine in Who Am I This Time?
          Supporting Actress in a Play: Annie Rowbal as Gloria in Who Am I This Time?
          Supporting Actress in a Play: Stefannie Savoy as Helene Shaw in Who Am I This Time?
          Ensemble: Guys and Dolls
          Choreography: Molly Zaleski for Guys and Dolls
          Direction: Rick Bodick for Guys and Dolls
          To see the full list of winners for this ceremony, click on//www.nationalyouththeatre.com/news/news_nya_awards2017_eastern_matinee.asp.

          Student Accolades and Awards 2016 - 2017

          Recent graduate Leah Graham has a story on the first page of the Free Press today (above the fold, too)! 
          She's doing an internship with the Free Press this summer and this is the first assignment she turned in to them. :) 
          Here is a link to the web version of the story:
          Monica Roberts is the NHRA Western Region Junior Drag Race Champion!
          The following THS students will be receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award this year. They have almost 3000 hours of community service collectively!
          Detroit News and Catch Outstanding Graduates. Leah Graham was honored in journalism and Ricky Young was honored in social studies
          Detroit News and Catch Outstanding Graduates. Leah Graham was honored in journalism and Ricky Young was honored in social studies
          Divya Aggarwal and Priyanka Pulvender were one of five national finalists for the Genes in Space science competition.  Their idea was selected from over 375 proposals. They will be working with mentor scientists from MIT and Harvard and attending a conference to Washington, D.C. this summer to compete for the top prize which involves sending their experiment to the International Space Station.
          Out of 601 semifinalists who competed nationally in the 2017 USA Biology Olympiad semifinal exam, Jason Zhang was recognized for scoring in the top 50 students.
          Meghan Monaghan is a finalist in the Michigan Society for Medical Research Annual Essay Contest. Her essay on the eradication of Ebola was selected from amongst 400 submissions. She will find out in late June if she is the top recipient of this award which includes a cash prize.
          The 2016-2017 school year has certainly been an eventful one for the Troy High Quizbowl team. These trivia-guzzling academics worked very hard this season and finished in the top rankings at almost all of the invitational and state competitions this year, including a brilliant first place finish at the 2017 Eastwood Invitational Tournament in Ohio. These accolades allowed the Troy High Quizbowl  A team, made up of Dhanush Bathala, Tuhin Chakraborty, Johanan Isaac, Rashika Rao, Jack White and Kevin Qing to advance to the NAQT High School National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia which will be held on May 26-28. Congratulations to our Troy Quizbowlers!  
          The students listed below won the inaugural Michigan E-Sports competition for the state of Michigan at Lawerence Tech this past week.
          Freddie Zhao has qualified for the Mathematical Olympiad Program (MOP).  This is the 4th stage, starting at the AMC, then AIME, then USAMO (which was the 4 ½ hour 2-day test a few weeks ago).  Only about 20 or so students in the nation qualify for the MOP.  The program is a month long, very intense training at Carnegie Mellon University.
          Divya Aggarwal and Priyanka Pulvender were one of five national finalists for the Genes in Space science competition.  Their idea was selected from over 375 proposals. They will be working with mentor scientists from MIT and Harvard and attending a conference to Washington, D.C. this summer to compete for the top prize which involves sending their experiment to the International Space Station.
          Out of 601 semifinalists who competed nationally in the 2017 USA Biology Olympiad semifinal exam, Jason Zhang was recognized for scoring in the top 50 students.
          Meghan Monaghan is a finalist in the Michigan Society for Medical Research Annual Essay Contest. Her essay on the eradication of Ebola was selected from amongst 400 submissions. She will find out in late June if she is the top recipient of this award which includes a cash prize.
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          The boys and girls track teams performed very well at the OAA White Championship meet last night. The girls finished at 5-0 for the season and won the meet, claiming back-to-back League titles. The boys finished 5-0 but were runners-up at the meet, so they are League Co-Champs with Avondale. This is the first time since 1996 that the boys have won their league, and both boys and girls were League Champs that year too. The teams now look ahead to the County, Regional, and State Championship meets in the weeks to come. Congrats to both boys and girls!
          Freddie Zhao has qualified for the Mathematical Olympiad Program (MOP).  This is the 4th stage, starting at the AMC, then AIME, then USAMO (which was the 4 ½ hour 2-day test a few weeks ago).  Only about 20 or so students in the nation qualify for the MOP.  The program is a month long, very intense training at Carnegie Mellon University.
          2017 First Robotics Deans list  winners
          Harikrishnan Sanil, Grade-9, competed in The National Geography Olympiad, International Geography Bee and the National History Bee Championships (national level) for the High School and Middle School students this past weekend in Washington-DC.
          Hari, having qualified in state level earlier, represented the state of Michigan and did very well and has qualified to proceed to the international level. Hari will be one of the contestants representing the United States in the International Geography Bee World Meet to be held in Berlin, Germany. 
          Congratulations to Jessica Hart who made the Michigan State University Elite Dance Team!
          Congratulations to Mark on winning first place in the under 1100 and 2nd place in the under 1300 in table tennis at the championship in Saginaw, Michigan!!
          After competing at the Michigan State Championship in Saginaw last Thur/Fri/Sat, we learned yesterday that our robotics team will be advancing to the World Championship in St. Louis next Tue (4/25) at 2:30p and returning to Troy on Sun, 4/30, at approximately 7pm.
          Alex Miros (2012 graduate) just finished his first Boston Marathon in a time of 3:27:12. He had qualified at the Charlevoix Marathon last June with a 2:58:59!
          This fall several students entered the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Three students  won several awards and were among the artists and writers in grades 7-12 who submitted approximately 10,000 entries to the 2017 competition. Claire Hao won two silver keys and Kelley Liu won three gold keys and one silver key and Kaitlyn Hao won a silver key.
          I thought you might want to know a success story from 2 students I recommended for the Bank of America Student leader program. Both Quinn Favret and Hana Barre were 2 of the 5 students selected from Michigan! This program has a 2.5% acceptance rate (~9000 students apply nationally, ~ 220 selected. They will have an internship at Focus Hope Detroit (non-profit) for 7 weeks this summer. They also received an all-expense paid week trip to DC.
          The combined Troy High and Athens High School choirs recently had the privilege of performing at the Detroit Music Hall, Center for the Performing Arts, on March 24, with world-renowned pianist, composer, singer, and entertainer, 15-year-old Ethan Bortnick.
          “I was contacted by the parent of a former choir student…who shared with me that Ethan was looking for a local Choir to perform with him for his Detroit concert date,” said Director of Troy Choirs Adrienne Covian.  Ethan is a gifted musician who has been playing piano since he was 4 and travels all around the world sharing his music.  He believes strongly in the power of music and that with and through music anything is possible. Ethan has worked with some legendary performers like Elton John, Celine Dion, David Foster, and more.
          “I presented the idea to my students, and they enthusiastically agreed,” continued Covian, “…and so we prepared several selections (‘We Are The World’ and ‘Lean On Me,’) that we felt were inspirational.”
           “It was a magical evening full of hope and music,” said Troy Concert Choir member Jillian Bucaro, ’17, “and performing on that stage is an experience I will never forget.”
          The combined Troy and Athens Choirs consist of 3 ensembles, numbering 89 students.
           For more information, please visit //troyhighchoirs.weebly.com/
          Hello Troy High,
          Here is some great news!!! Coach Simon Bato’s  2016-17 varsity girls’ basketball team was recently named to the Team Academic All-State list!  Their 3.871 team GPA is third among Class A schools in Michigan (see the link below for the full list).  
          On behalf of the Oakland County and Oakland Schools, I am very pleased to inform you that your school’s Michigan Green Schools Program application has been accepted.   
          A Review Panel has thoroughly examined and evaluated your application for adherence to PA 301 (2010) as well as to the Guidelines set forth by the Southeast Michigan Green Schools collaborative group which consists of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County coordinators. 
          After a thorough review and evaluation, your school has earned the designation of  EMERALD for the 2016-17 program year
          The extra hours and effort you have made to participate in this important endeavor is appreciated. We wish to congratulate and recognize your school for its outstanding leadership in environmental stewardship efforts and for spearheading activities which involve the students, staff, parents, volunteers and community. 
          Our robotics club competed in Woodhaven this past weekend and ranked 3rd among the 40 teams competing. Our team also was awarded the highest honor with the District Chairman's Award which qualifies our team to compete at the Michigan State Championship in April (4/12 through 4/15 at Saginaw Valley State University). The Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award as it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,//www.firstinspires.org ). It is presented to the team judged to have the most significant impact of its partnerships among its participants and community over a sustained period. 
          Ahead of the Michigan State Championship, we are hosting our Troy District Robotics Competition at Athens HS this Friday, 3/31, and Saturday, 4/1. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to come and cheer us on.
          Please include the above in announcement to students and encourage them to see us compete at AHS this Fri/Sat.
          Below are additional information on our Chairman's Award you may find amazing:
          One of your students, Jenny Zhi, was selected as a 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Recipient in your region!   She was selected out of a record number of applications (3500+ nationally) and stood out among her peers as a young women with technical skills and/or potential. This is a huge honor and I hope you are as proud and as inspired as we are!
          2017 Michigan China Quiz Ball
          Division I
          1st Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)
          Jae Woo Kim
          Seongjin Park
          Shania Yap
          Division III
          1st Place Winners:   (coach:  Meiyu Chang)
          Joong Hyun Lee
          Nathan Drasovean
          Brian Oh
          3rd Place Winners:   (coach:  Meiyu Chang)
          Aadharsh Acharya, 
          Yong Jin Nam
          Shruthi Sunikumar
          Nathan Worrel
          Division IV
          1st Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)
          Neelesh Bollu
          Sebin Choi
          Yonghan Park
          Sang Yoon Moon
          2nd Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)
          Yejin Kim
          Vaibhav Srinivasan
          Megan Worrel
          3rd Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)
          Raagini Chandra
          Jaehee Lee
          Rashika Rao
          2017 Michigan China Quiz Ball Art Contest
          Poster Winners
          1st Place Winner:   (coach:  Sue Lin)
          Rima Shkoukani
          2nd Place Winner:   (coach:  Sue Lin)
          Katherine Fraus
          T-Shirt Winners
          1st Place Winner:  
          Yinghua Li
          2nd Place Winner:   (coach:  Meiyu Chang)
          Semi Park
          3-D Design Winners
          2nd Place Winner:  (coach:  Song Song)
          Jieun Lee
          3rd Place Winner:   (coach:  Sue Lin)
          Biology Competitions Club has had a lot of success lately having had students win three competitions in just the last couple of weeks. Richard Yang won the top honor "grand award winner" at the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit and Freddie ZhaoSpencer Liu, and Chittesh Thavamani won 2nd place as a team award. Richard will now represent Michigan and compete at Intel's Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. Richard Yang also won the 1st place award at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium for his science research and Ashta Dalal took home 4th place. Richard will be traveling to San Diego in April to compete at the national level of this competition, while Ashta will be going as well to display her research poster. Thirteen students in Biology Competitions Club and/or AP Biology scored in the top 10% in the USA Biology Olympiad amongst the ~10,000 students who take this exam annually. Those students include: Dhanush BathalaSahil DograKathleen Gu, Claire Hao,Joonghyun Lee, James Li, Michael LinRobert Mu, Adithya SanjayChittesh Thavamani, Richard YangDaniel Zheng, and Jason Zhang. They just competed at the next round as semifinalists and are awaiting the results to find out if they are finalists.
          EXCITING NEWS! Danielle Nicholson won two awards at the 2017 Michigan Student Film Festiva!
           Troy High Short Story Writing Contest winners:
          First Place: Life is Beautiful by Madeline Trumbauer
          Second Place: Danger in Every Language by Divya Aggarwal
          Third Place: from “The Eye Place” by Kelly Liu
          Honorable Mention: Details, Details by Angela Dong
          Honorable Mention: Life of a Virus by Prasanth Peddireddy
          Honorable Mention: The Masked Hero by Joe Wirthlin
          The following 13 students scored in the top 10% nationally on the USA Biology Olympiad Exam out of ~10,000 students. 
          Dhanush Bathala
          Sahil Dogra
          Kathleen Gu
          Claire Hao
          Joonghyun Lee
          James Li
          Michael Lin
          Robert Mu
          Adithya Sanjay
          Chittesh Thavamani
          Richard Yang
          Jason Zhang
          Daniel Zheng
          This past weekend was extremely successful for THS Model UN! MSU is the most challenging conference in our state with about 40 high schools from Michigan and Illinois. We had many students win individual awards but we also took home 1 of only 4 school awards.  If you have any MUN students, or one of these students, please congratulate them on achieving an award within their council:
          Best Delegate (highest award)
          Vikas Sharma
          Outstanding Delegate (think second place)
          Muyang Wang
          William Zhang
          Zahra Ahmed
          Noihrita Masud
          Honorable Mention
          Nick Myhrer
          Kaitlyn Hao
          Verbal Commendations
          Afriti Chinoy
          Book Award
          Jacob Overberg
          Jason Fan
          Akhil Tatineni
          Outstanding Large Delegation (one of the top awards)
          Leah Graham (senior), just received word that she has been named Michigan’s Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association as well as the Journalism Education Association!
          Her portfolio was unanimously chosen as the state winner among a pool of top applicants in all categories of scholastic journalism in the state. She will now move on to compete against the other 49 state winners for the national Journalist of the Year award.
          Wow, what an amazing weekend.  The Troy/Avondale Varsity gymnastics team placed 3rd at the Regional meet making them one of the top 3 teams to move on to State Team Competition.  We also had several girls qualify for individual competition at the State Level.    We are very proud of the girls, they have worked very hard to be where they are.  Most of the teams that they competed with had anywhere from 12 to 14 girls that qualified for regionals and anyone of them could contribute to the team score.   Our team had 5-7 of the same girls competing on each event, and came to the meet prepared and ready to compete.  They did an amazing job working together and supporting each other.  Below are the final results:
          Team Score:  138.725
          Division 1:
                      Vault—Lana Meaders—3rd
                                  Noelle Kaminski—6th
                      Bars—Lana Meaders—2nd
                                     Madison Darish—5th
                      Beam—Lana Meaders—Regional Champion
                                       Noelle Kaminski—5th
                                       Madison Darish—7th
                      Floor—Madison Darish—4th
                                      Noelle Kaminski—6th
                      All Around— Lana Meaders—4th
                                                   Madison Darish—5th
           Division 2:
                     Beam—Adelyn Schmidt—7th
          Congratulations to Esha Ghosalkar. Esha was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from Michigan for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
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          Congratulations to THS students achieving ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Student Certifications! The students are Andrew Davis, senior (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), Samuel Dawidowicz, junior (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), John Kolar, senior (Auto Brakes), Brendan Heath, senior (Auto Brakes), Vamsi Puppala, sophomore (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), Ross Talbert, senior (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), and Matt Williams, senior (Auto Brakes).
          Troy High School is very proud of students who achieved a 36 composite score on the ACT. Congratulations to Liam Clancy, junior, David Nie, senior, and Ji-Yoon (Kaylee) Won, junior, on their perfect ACT scores!
          A team of THS Biology Competitions Club (BCC) students won “Best in State” for the Verizon Innovative App Contest. Please see the link to the competition, //appchallenge.tsaweb.org/. Congratulations to BCC members Sahil DograKathleen GuClaire HaoKaitlyn HaoRichard YangAimee Zheng andDaniel Zheng! They will now compete for Best in Region!
          A team of Troy High students won "Best in State" for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and are now eligible to win the "Fan Favorite Award" which includes $15,000 and a trip to Orlando. Please help by texting the word BACTERIA to the number 22333 once a day from 1/17 to 2/14. Thanks for your support!
          Biology Competitions Club students won “Best in State” for the Verizon Innovative App Contest. This is the link to the competition: //appchallenge.tsaweb.org/ Here are the list of Biology Competitions Club Members who won:
          Good News – Troy High School is very proud of students who achieved a 36 composite score on the ACT. Congratulations to Claire Hao, junior, and Spencer Liu, junior on their perfect ACT scores!
          Congratulations to Dhanush Bathala, Junior, for his perfect score of 36 on the ACT. 
          This past weekend our Model UN students competed with many schools from across Michigan, Ohio, and Canada. Our students performed very well and we were one the highest ranked schools. If you have any of these students please congratulate them on achieving an award within their council:
          Vikas Sharma
          Nikhil Ramachandra
          Anna Nichols
          William Zhang
          Ethan Lazrado
          Nicholas Myhrer
          Afriti Chinoy
          Michael Lin
          Muyang Wang
          Approximately 5000 students from around the state took Part 1 of the MMPC (Michigan Math Prize Competition).  Only 7 students received a perfect score on part 1.  We have 3 of those 7 students in our school…Freddie Zhao, Spencer Liu & Chittesh Thavamani.  
          Our Stories, Our Voices: Growing Up Asian American is a student produced documentary. View the promo here.
          THS Student, Esha Ghosalkar, helps to raise over $8000 for “PALAV”.
          The Siemens Math and Science Research Competition released the semifinalists list today.  16 THS students are Siemens Semi-Finalists.  We'll find out soon if any go on to be finalists.
          Ian Thompson, junior, recently achieved the status of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
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          Lydia Tan received a national gold medal from Scholastic Art and Writing, her work was selected from 320,000 pieces of art and writing submissions. Her artwork was chosen as one of 65 to be exhibited in the main lobby of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.

          The results of the 11th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2015-2016 season have been released, and Troy High School earned 3 awards and 4 additional nominations!

          Lead Actor in a Musical: Tyler Bouque as Shrek in Shrek the Musical
          Supporting Actor in a Musical: Eric Cheng as Donkey in Shrek the Musical
          Featured Actress in a Musical: Emily Lourim as Gingy in Shrek the Musical

          Lead Actress in a Musical: Jordan Held as Fiona in Shrek the Musical
          Supporting Actor in a Musical: Brian Ball as Farquaad in Shrek the Musical
          Set Design: Shrek the Musical
          Direction: Rick Bodick for Shrek the Musical

          To see the full list of winners for this ceremony, click on //www.nationalyouththeatre.com/news/news_nya_awards2016_eastern_matinee.asp.

          There will be an awards ceremony held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA in Bronx, New York at 2:00 p.m. (registration beginning at 1:15 p.m.) on Sunday, August 21. Award winners, including all cast members of Ensemble and Production awards, will be invited up to the stage for the presentation of the award. Nomination certificates will be available at the registration table for all individual nominees or given to the director for distribution.

          Student Accolades and Awards 2015 - 2016

          Trena Datta, junior,  earned a 36 on the ACT!
          The Robotics team competed in an off-season event last Friday and Saturday in Taylor and came in 2nd place among 23 teams
          Studies show that children who read well do better in all aspects of school and beyond.  Reading skills correspond directly to one's ability to be an informed citizen, communicate effectively, earn a higher salary, succeed in one's chosen career, and achieve personal fulfillment.
          The question most of us have is how do we get children to read more.  This fall my classes decided to do a Book Challenge.  Each student set a goal to try to read an average of four fun paperback books by the end of the semester.  We used several sources to find books:  goodreads.com, the DestinyQuest app, Mrs. Isaac and the Media Center, friends, family, other students, web sites like Amazon.com, etc.  We listened to some samples of audio books in class.  Students were given class time to read and encouraged to carry a book with them at all times.  They could read a paper book or an electronic book.  If they started a book and didn’t like it, then stop and find another one.  The goal was to give students the opportunity to find a book they enjoyed reading and give them time to read. 
          At the end of the semester students turned in the number of pages they had read.  Our classes collectively read over 53,000 pages.  Prizes were Starbucks tumblers and glasses and would be given to the student from each class who read the most.  The winners:
          Adie Harig 4,199
          Victoria Bennett 2,636
          Kayla Clowney 1,765
          Marianna Renke 1,500
          The following students earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the 2015-2016 school year.
          Gold Award:
          Silver Award:
          Bronze Award:
          Divya Aggarwal, a Smith and THS student, is a finalist in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!  She has been in Washington D.C. all week competing and yesterday was named a top 50 finalist.
          Walsh College Launchpad recently held their “Make It Better” Entrepreneurship Competition, which is open to all high school students in Michigan.
          Out of the 200 statewide entries they received, 9 of those were from our own Troy High Entrepreneurship Club, and 3 out of those 9 students placed in the competition.
          Please join me in congratulating the following students:
          • 7th Place in the Essay Area, awarded $100: Quinn Favret – Troy High Sophomore
          • 6th Place in the Essay Area, awarded $100: Chris Hom – Troy High Freshman
          • 1st Place in the Marketing Area, awarded $100: Krystal Qin – Troy High Senior
          Representatives from Walsh College joined us yesterday in our meeting and they couldn’t stop raving about what impressive business ideas were coming out of Troy High.
          Coming in 17th out of 1444 teams in the regional high school rankings for The Stock Market Game’s Spring session:
          Katie Bogdanovich
          Will Hern
          AuJenee Hirsch
          Joshua Desmon achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
          Senior Christopher Chen is a winner in the area of science for the Detroit News Catch Scholarship.
          Science Olympiad State Tournament
          Saturday, April 30th
                      Each school is represented by fifteen students.  Those 15 students compete in groups of two or three to cover twenty-three individual events that relate to a wide variety of science-related topics.  Troy High finished in second place (out of 48 teams from around the state) in 2002, 2013, and now 2016. The 2016 results are the best ever, with 14 of 15 team members winning medals and a total of 5 first place, 6 second place, 2 third place, 1 fourth place, 1 fifth place, and 2 sixth place finishes.
          Students                                                          Event Name                                                    Place
          David Wu, Sahil Dogra                                   Anatomy/Physiology                                       2nd
          Dhruv Medarametla, Ken Lu                           Astronomy                                                      5th
          Skanda Palani, Yunsoo Kim                              Bridge Building                                              2nd
          David Wu, Sahil Dogra                                    Cell Biology                                                     2nd
          Winston Zhang, Justin Zhang                           Dynamic Planet                                              1st
          Justin Zhang, Yunsoo Kim                               Electric Vehicle                                               4th
          Chittesh Thavamani,                                       Experimental Design                                      1st
          Skanda Palani, Shivani Kondura
          Dhruv Medarametla, Chittesh Thavamani     Game On                                                         2nd
          Chittesh Thavamani, Clair Hao                       GeoLogic Mapping                                          1st
          Alex Liu, Jerry Gao                                          Green Generation                                           1st
          Winston Zhang, Jerry Gao                              Hydrogeology                                                  2nd
          Winston Zhang, Jeff Guan                               It’s About Time                                                3rd
          Winston Zhang, Sahil Dogra,                             Protein Modeling                                                6th
          Shivani Kondura
          Winston Zhang and Jeff Guan                           Robot Arm                                                            2nd
          Jeff Guan, Yunsoo Kim                                        Wright Stuff                                                6th
          DECA Competition in Nashville – Twelve DECA students received first-place trophies at the DECA State Competition and represented Troy High School at DECA’s 70th International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee during the week of April 22-27. Congratulations to DECA students Vaidehi Ambardekar, Anurag Boleni, Sathvik Byreddy, Joey Bugaj, Eric Cheng, Afriti Chinoy, Maggie Crowell, Emily Endres, Jahnavi Gudi, Tabitha Hendren, Clare Keating, Clare McAuliffe, James McAuliffe, Leo McManus,  Mariana Renke, Jack Schroeder, Esther Simon, Sahiba Singh, Nick Sirhan, Ashwin Umamaheswaran, Babu Uppalapati, Muyang Wang, and Ricky Young. Many thanks to teacher Heide Rosenberg for her outstanding sponsorship of DECA.
          Jazz Ensemble – Superior Rating (93.20) – 1st place
          Concert Band – Superior Rating (89.70) – 2nd place
          Symphonic Band – Superior Rating (95, highest score of instrumental performing ensemble in the festival) – 1st place
          FIESTA FLAMBEAU PARADE (Largest Illuminated Parade in the US) –
          1st place - Out-of-state Band  (of 38 bands in parade)
          President’s Award (the highest honor of any parade entry, of 168 entries!!!)
          Troy High team came 1st in Destination Imagination Michigan State competition held at CMU over the week end. The will compete now at DI Globals. Team members are
          1) Vedika Aigalikar
          2) Raagini Chandra
          3) Tina Tripathi
          4) Madalasa Chaudhari
          5) Pranathi Locula
          Congratulations to them for winning the competition. 
          Yesterday, the newspaper and yearbook programs represented THS very well at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association’s Spring Awards Conference.
          Yearbook students brought home 36 individual awards in writing, design, photography, and theme categories for last year’s  yearbook. Newspaper students brought home 26 individual awards for writing, design, and photography. Each publication earned a gold medal with distinction.
          In addition, senior Erin Mitchell was named to the 2016 MIPA Student Journalist Staff (essentially the All-State team for journalists) for her work on yearbook.
          If you want to congratulate students, I’m pasting a list of names and awards. Many are graduated seniors who worked on last year’s yearbook.
          Gladiator Yearbook Awards (2015 yearbook)
          Jessica Butler, Erin Mitchell & Tiffany Nogoy       First Place, Sports Feature Writing
          Caroline Schlimgen & Somya Amin                First Place, Student Life Spread
          Ali Bultynck          First Place, Portrait/Personality Photo
          Erin Mitchell          First Place, Individual Advertisement: Business Ad
          Ali Bultynck           First Place, School Spirit Photo
          Somya Amin         First Place, Academic Photo
          Staff        First Place, Cover
          Staff       First Place, Index
          Staff       First Place, Opening and Closing
          Erin Mitchell   Second Place, Advertisement: Proud Parent Ad
          Addison Bouzide & Isabelle Taylor       Second Place, Sports Feature Writing
          Kasey Garvelink, Erin Mitchell & Courteney Roberts          Second Place, Caption Writing
          Staff      Second Place, Endsheets
          Staff      Second Place, Theme Development
          Staff     Second Place, Division Page
          Somya Amin & Gwyneth Finney     Second Place, Organization Spread
          Erin Mitchell     Third Place, Advertising Spread
          Patricia Durell & Celine Taylor      Third Place, Sports Reporting
          Ali Bultynck      Third Place, School Spirit Photo
          Jessica Butler & Isabelle Taylor       Third Place, Academic Spread
          Jessica Butler          Third Place, Organizations Writing
          Kasey Garvelink              Third Place, Academic Photo
          Somya Amin, Erin Mitchell & Courteney Roberts               Third Place, Feature Presentation
          Caroline Schlimgen & Somya Amin           Honorable Mention, Feature Writing - Student Life
          Celine Taylor & Amy Trenh        Honorable Mention, Academic Spread
          Cara Burns & Megan Falk   Honorable Mention, Personality Profile
          Adjoa Aniapam & Emily Fritz       Honorable Mention, Organizations Writing
          Somya Amin, Erin Mitchell & Courteney Roberts      Honorable Mention, Sidebar Coverage
          Kasey Garvelink & Courteney Roberts      Honorable Mention, Student Life Spread
          Jessica Barnowski      Honorable Mention, Portrait/Personality Photo
          Amy Trenh          Honorable Mention, Academic Writing
          Ali Bultynck           Honorable Mention, Sports Feature Photo
          Julia Best              Honorable Mention, Club/Performance Photo
          Kasey Garvelink      Honorable Mention, Sports Feature Photo
          Julia Best, Melissa Smith, Celine Taylor & Isabelle Taylor             Honorable Mention, Feature Presentation
          Julia Best & Kasey Garvelink          Honorable Mention, Organization Spread
           Chariot Newspaper Award Winners
          Leah Graham   First Place, Review
          Leah Graham         First Place, Sports Feature Photo
          Bhavya Sukhavasi      First Place, Sports Feature Photo
          Jenny Boudon     First Place, Comic Strip
          Soumeeka Koneru         Second Place, Front Page/Newsmagazine Style
          Leah Graham         Second Place, Online News Brief
          Jenny Boudon         Second Place, Editorial Cartoon
          Bianca Bucholtz      Third Place, Sports Feature Photo
          AuJenee Hirsch        Third Place, Personal Narrative
          AuJenee Hirsch        Third Place, Online Follow-Up News Coverage
          Soumeeka Koneru     Honorable Mention, Personality Profile
          Snigdha Suvarna       Honorable Mention, News Analysis
          Staff   Honorable Mention, Editorial
          Emily Hamilton    Honorable Mention, Information Graphic
          Leah Graham         Honorable Mention, In-Depth Feature
          Soumeeka Koneru        Honorable Mention, News Story
          Sarah Semon         Honorable Mention, Informative Feature
          Jarrod Fortner            Honorable Mention, Diversity Coverage
          AuJenee Hirsch           Honorable Mention, News/Feature Photo
          Leah Graham          Honorable Mention, News/Feature Photo
          Staff        Honorable Mention, Editorial
          Deepthi Devireddy        Honorable Mention, Human Interest Feature
          Hailey Davison, Adam Sliwinski, Leah Graham & AuJenee Hirsch         Honorable Mention, Story Package
          Bhavya Sukhavasi & Soumeeka Koneru       Honorable Mention, Front Page/Newsmagazine Style
          Staff         Honorable Mention, Feature Page/Spread
          Jenny Boudon       Honorable Mention, Editorial Cartoon
          Troy High team came 1st in Destination Imagination Michigan State competition held at CMU over the week end. The will compete now at DI Globals. Team members are
          1) Vedika Aigalikar
          2) Raagini Chandra
          3) Tina Tripathi
          4) Madalasa Chaudhari
          5) Pranathi Locula
          Congratulations to them for winning the competition. 
          On behalf of the Troy Garden Club, I am very happy to announce that six Troy High School students have won awards in the Troy Garden Club's 2016 Garden Walk Art Competition, our 8th annual.
          The students are:
          Anthony Zhang - 1st prize, high school
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          Lisa Zou - Honorable Mention
          Jenny Zhi - Honorable Mention  
          Anna Luongo - Honorable Mention
          Caroline Nicholas - Honorable Mention
          Anthony, Puja, Lisa, Jenny, Anna and Caroline are among two dozen Troy School District students who will receive art competition awards on Thursday, May 5 at our annual art awards ceremony from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Troy Historic Village's church building. 
          Here are the Future Problem Solvers results from this weekend. The kids did a wonderful job, and represented THS in such a positive manner. Two teams and one individual from the club received invites to the FPS International Competition in June...WAY TO GO!!
          Here are the FPS results:
          M8--Vrushali Ambardekar, Priyal Bajaj, Tiffany Guo, Lilian Xiao
          1st Place Team--Middle Division, with an invitation to Internationals
          3rd Place Presentation of Action Plan
          Renuka Murthi
          1st place Individual--Middle Division, with an invitation to Internationals
          1st place Scenario Writing--Middle Division
          S17--Angela Chen, Ingrid Fan, Lucy Li, Ashley Zhang
          3rd Place Team--Senior Division
          3rd Place Presentation of Action Plan
          S8--Christopher Chen, Jenny Shang, Michael Wong, Alex Zhang
          2nd Place Team--Senior Division, with an invitation to Internationals
          Congratulations to all of our competitors in this year's state bowl. You've represented our school well, and made Troy High proud!
          Listed below are recent wins of students in Biology Competitions Club and/or AP Biology. 
          Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit (SEFMD):
          Amy Li  -  Grand Award Winner  
          Amy Li who is a grand award winner will now go to Phoenix, Arizona to compete at Intel ISEF:
          Asavari Rajpurkar (with 2 teammates from other schools) -  First Place 
          David Wu  -  First Place  
          Emily Wang  - Second Place 
          Jeff Guan (with 2 teammates: Evan Jiang and William Zhang) - Third Place  
          Justin Xu  - Third Place  
          Richard Yang  - Fourth Place   He was also awarded the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Regional Award for his research as SEFMD by one of the judges.
          Raul Dutta  - Fourth Place  
          Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS):
          Richard Yang  won 2nd place, received a $1,500 college scholarship, and will now go compete at the national level in Dayton, Ohio
          USA Biology Olympiad (USABO):
          The following students are semifinalists (scored in the top 10% in the nation) for USABO:
          David Wu  
          Yiyang Shen  
          Ajith Dupati  
          Kathleen Gu  
          Varun Sridhar  
          Ho Chul (Brandon) Jung, a senior in Chinese 4, won the 2nd place in the 11th Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for U. S. High School Students on March 19 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The contest is for non-Chinese heritage students only.  Brandon made a 4-minute Chinese speech and sang a Chinese song, Chrysanthemum Terrace, along with his cello playing.
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          At the MHSAA Swimming and Diving State Championships, Troy High finished 18th in the State scoring 31 points.  Max Chen finished 3rd in the state in the 100-Yard Breast and 4th in the 200-Yard, Individual Medley.   
          At the MHSAA Gymnastics State Championships Saturday, Noelle Kaminski earned 27th on vault, 21st on bars, 25th on beam, 36th on floor, and 23 in the state for all-around.  Madison Darish was 18th on bars, 20th on beam, 22nd on floor, and Erin Long also competed on floor.  Other awards include Noelle Kaminski won a Sportsmanship Award where she won a medal from the state, Madison Darish and Noelle Kaminski won All-State Scholar Athlete awards for having higher than a 3.5 and making it to state, and all three gymnasts made the All-Regional Team.
          The Troy United Synchronized Swimming Team won the state championship -- again!
          Megan Durell and Emily Lourim have been selected as recipients of The Arc of Oakland County's 2016 Dove Award.
          Greetings Writers,  
          First of all, I want to thank everyone who entered the Troy High Short Story contest this year--we had a number of fantastic submissions, and picking a winner was extraordinarily difficult.
          Our winners are: 
          First Place: Ashely Zhang—Behind the Ovation
          Second Place: Joe Wirthlin—Story Jumper
          Third Place: Zain Hameed—Copy of Perceptive Me
          Congratulations to the winners and all the entrants. It was an honor to read your creative, unique writings. 
          Troy High Robotics Team takes first in the state!
          Troy High School students participating the Viennese Straussball
          Once again Troy High School students participated in the Viennese Straussball and couldn’t get enough of it. The weeks of practice finally paid back, it was a picture perfect moment in their lives. Some students attended for the second time, for some it was the first time in this glamorous event. Not to many people know the history of the Straussball in our area but it is certainly worth to read about it:
          The Austrian Society of Detroit’s Strauss Ball allows for a glimpse into the celebration of the Viennese ballroom culture. Each year more than 450 balls take place in city of waltzes during the carnival season in January and February. This year we enjoyed having several Troy students participate in this event. 
          The waltz is one of the core elements of any Viennese ball and started as a turning dance of couples. It appeared to represent some of the new values of the era such as the principles of freedom, character, passion, and expressiveness.  During the 18th century, the Viennese waltz’s popularity grew quickly in Vienna, the surrounding areas and among the common people. However, especially in the beginning it was considered vulgar by the Viennese nobility, which would not accept the improper intimate contact between dancers. This attitude changed over time through established and well-known musicians such as Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss I. 
          Also Emperor Joseph II, 1741-1790 played a role in the change.  He had more respect for the common man and less respect for nobility than the average royal.  The emperor decided that the ballrooms in the Hofburg palace should not be reserved just for nobility alone.  In 1773 he made the ballrooms available for public balls for the common man. This started the tradition of public balls in Vienna, and introduced the upper class to that dance of the commoner, The Waltz!
          Johann Strauss is often referred to as Johann Strauss II and was born on October 25, 1825, in Vienna, Austria.  His father, Johann Strauss the Elder, was a self-taught musician who established a musical empire in Vienna, writing waltzes, galops, polkas and publishing more than 250 works. Johann the Younger went on to write more than 500 musical compositions, 150 of which were waltzes, and he surpassed his father's popularity. Strauss will forever be known as “The Waltz King”.
          Here is a brief history on the Austrian Society of Detroit’s Viennese Strauss Balls:
          The first Viennese Strauss Ball took place in Detroit in 1937.  For the first two years, the event was named Viennese Evening or “Wiener Abend”.  After several moves to larger venues, the Viennese Strauss Ball finally found its home at the Riverview Ball Room of Cobo Center. Over the years it continued to develop its glamor and splendor into the elegant ball of today, very reminiscent of the great balls of Vienna.  Currently the ball takes place the last Saturday of January or the first Saturday of February at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. 
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          This gala is a formal ceremony that serves as an introduction of the debutantes into society.  Each year all the dancers are invited back to perform the next year and are called “The Court of Honor”.  Almost all participants come back and in the process builds life-lasting friendships. Many school districts accept the dance practice sessions as community service hours or as extra credit. Please consider being part of this celebration of Austrian culture and tradition at next year’s Viennese Strauss Ball. 
          The National German Exam is administered each year to nearly 22,000 students in the second, third and fourth level of German. The exam provides individual diagnostic feedback, rewards students through an extensive prize program, and creates a sense of accomplishment. Exam results provide a means of comparing students in all regions of the country, as well as programmatic data provided to help inform curricular decisions. Exam results are among the criteria used in selecting the recipients of chapter awards and the national AATG/PAD Study trip awards, a four-week study trip program in Germany.
          German 1 will take the National Exam the end of April 2016.
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          Please join me in congratulating a few of our entrepreneurial-minded Troy High students.
          Arnav Ramu and Vaibhav Srinivasan presented their business plan this past Friday at the Sesi Midwestern Entrepreneurship Competition at Eastern Michigan University.  They ended up placing 2nd in this competition, winning a prize of $750!
          Abhinav Thirupathi also received an honorable mention at Sesi for his business plan.
          Jaehee Lee, Katherine Diederich, Shivani Kolluru and Palkin Rampal attended University of Michigan’s MPowered/Startup High School Entrepreneurship Field Day on Saturday, where they placed 3rd in the “elevator pitch” competition.
          If you happen to have any of these students in class, please give them a pat on the back.
          Go Colts!
          Good morning! I wanted to update you on the meet results from Saturday's big gymnastics invitational at Lakeland/Milford. Our team came in 11th place out of 18 teams! Our team received the qualifying score for regionals and we also had the following multiple gymnasts receive their regional qualifying scores:
          1. Simrun Jassal (Troy)
          2. Caity Zaremba (Avondale)
          3. Erin Long (Troy)
          4. Madison Darish (Troy)
          5. Noelle Kaminski (Troy)
          1. Caity Zaremba (Avondale)
          2.  Madison Darish (Troy)
          3. Noelle Kaminski (Troy)
          1. Caity Zaremba (Avondale)
          2. Erin Long (Troy)
          3. Noelle Kaminski (Troy)
          4. Madison Darish (Troy)
          1. Caity Zaremba (Troy)
          2. Noelle Kaminski (Troy)
          3. Madison Darish (Troy)
          Other gymnasts that competed but did not receive their regional qualifying scores:
          Whitney Reef
          Hannah Russell
          Congratulations to all of our students who received awards for the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Contest!  It is also my pleasure to inform you that Catherine Noonan's portfolio titled "Natural Connection" in addition to receiving a Gold Key, has also been chosen by the judges to receive a Best of Show Portfolio award!   
          Nearly 6000 individual entries for middle and high school and more than 300 senior portfolios were entered in 15 categories this year.  
          Many excellent works were submitted, and 1093 individual category works and 90 Portfolios were selected to receive American Vision, Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Awards.   

          Congratulate Catherine Noonan on this honor, and please drop by the show at CCS to see all of the amazing art our Visual Arts students have created! All winners will be listed in the Troy Times soon!
          WALTER B. FORD II Building, ford campus
          The show runs from 2/8/2016-3/4/2016 9-5 pm. M-F
          12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday
          Boy's Swimming won
          the Lake Orion Relay meet
          Winning 7 out of 12 events 2 seconds 2 thirds
          Only one relay we did not medal in.
          David Nie was named outstanding swimmer of the meet.
          In early November, Joe Moceri had all of his students participate in the Bebras Challenge which is a national computing contest to see if students were proficient in computational thinking.  They divide the contest into groups based on age.  His students fell into two groups, junior division (age 14-16) and senior division (16-18).  Of his 121 students who participated (including my College Algebra students), 18 were in junior division and 103 were in the senior division.
          In the junior division, one of THS students, Nathan Drasovean, had the highest score in the state with 172 out of 180 possible points (not sure if he was alone or tied with others).  In the senior division, THS senior Richard Jevarjian, was one of many state and nationally with a perfect score.  Statistically we were above the state and national average in both age groups.
          Junior Division    average        max
          THS                        108.333        172
          Michigan               100.429        172
          USA                           84.017        180
          Senior Division    average        max
          THS                        109.970        180
          Michigan               108.808        180
          USA                           94.810        180
          Troy High has the boys singles Oakland County Tournament champion!   Carter Scillion with a 729 series. Games 216-237-276.  276 was the highest game of the tournament as well
          Daniel Ryan finished 6th with a 661 series earning a medal as well.
          THS Sophomore Esha Ghosalkar lead an event that raised $2794 for Thaw. 
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          Please congratulate the following students:
          Anshita Khare—Highest Honor
          Anna Nichols—Highest Honor
          Jason Fan—Highest Honor
          KM Rahman—Highest Honor
          Jacob Overberg—Highest Honor
          Michael Lin—Highest Honor
          Vikas Sharma—Highest Honor
          Good morning! Troy High cleaned up last week in the national Write-off competitions in Orlando last week. Only three schools in Michigan had winners in these competitions. Troy High had SIX students place! This is a huge accomplishment as they were competing against over 2,000 of the nation's best and brightest student journalists. 
          If you know and see the following students, please let them know that THS is proud!
          9 THS students just found out they are Semifinalists for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and technology for their research.  
          Spencer Liu won the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence… and he’s only a sophomore! 
          Troy High School Media Center has been awarded a ranking of Exemplary by the Michigan Department of Education School Library 21. This is the highest ranking possible.
          Troy High Robotics Team competed at Kettering University in an off-season event, and ranked No. 1 out of 46 teams after qualification rounds. It's been awhile since our team was in that position so everyone was very excited. During the playoff rounds, we advanced all the way to the finals, but ended up placing 2nd place behind the powerhouse winning alliance of teams from Clarkston (#27 Team RUSH) and Auburn Hills (#33 Killer Bees). 
          Troy High Senior, Jennie Yang, donates 1,151 books to Detroit Public Schools.
          Tenth Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2014-2015 season
          Lead Actor in a Musical: Roshan Pathre as Emile DeBecque in South Pacific
          Lead Actress in a Musical: Meg Brokenshire as Ensign Nellie Forbush in South Pacific
          Ensemble: South Pacific
          Direction: Rick Bodick for South Pacific
          Outstanding Production: South Pacific
          Lead Actor in a Play: Roshan Pathre as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet
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           Romeo and Juliet
          Supporting Actor in a Musical: Eric Cheng as Luther Billis in South Pacific
          Supporting Actor in a Musical: Quinn Moran as Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific
          Supporting Actress in a Musical: Raagini Chandra as Bloody Mary in South Pacific
          Supporting Actress in a Play: Meg Brokenshire as Nurse in Romeo and Juliet

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