Tennis Team Named District Champions
The Keystone Cobra Tennis Team rolled into the District Tournament prepared for a hard fought victory, and we able to win the title of District Champion! Congratulations to: Michelle Samaniego, Marina Mina, Camille Powers, Autumn Rose Greenfield, Shari Rohret, Candice Davis, Manu Bhanot, Cyril Mina, Zachary Cavazos, Eric Duan, Akhil Rajiv, and Vishok Srikanth.
Softball Team named District Champions
Please congratulate the softball players for taking the district championship with their 9th consecutive victory. The team received outstanding contributions from everyone to pull out another close game. Congrats!
2013 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair Results
Fair Awards (Senior Division)
William Yager - 1st Place Computer Science
Glori Das - 3rd Place Microbiology
Vishok Srikanth and Anand Ahuja (Team) - 3rd Place Medicine and Health
Special Awards (Senior Division)
William Yager - Intel Excellence in Computer Science
Fair Awards (Junior Division)
Adithya Mummidi - 1st Place Medicine and Health
Ashara Somawardana - 1st Place Plant Sciences
Isuru Somawardana - 1st Place Engineering Electrical/Mechanical
Nia Clements - 3rd Place Medicine and Health
Tamar Furman - 4th Place Environmental Science/Analysis
Hagan Hensley - 4th Place Physics and Astronomy
John Wilkins - 5th Place Physics and Astronomy
Mary Best and Alana Pickens (Team) - 5th Place Environmental Science/Analysis
Jacob Cohen and Evan Berkowitch - 5th Place Medicine and Health
Special Awards (Junior Division)
Adithya Mummidi, Ashara Somawardana, and Isuru Somawardana - Nominated for Broadcom MASTERS competition in Washington, DC (reserved for top 10% of all Junior Division projects)
Other Keystone students who qualified for state
Jared Zhou qualifies for State PSIA Meet
Congratulations to Jared, who placed 1st in number sense at the San Antonio PSIA District Meet at St. John Bosco School. Jared joins Adithya Mummidi and Daniel Tan as State Meet qualifiers. They’ll all be traveling to TCU in Fort Worth for the April 27 meet. Wish them luck!
On Tuesday, April 2nd, Keystone hosted the District Golf Championship at The Republic Golf Club. The Cobra girls (469 total) claimed their first District Golf Championship, defeating Bulverde Bracken Christian by over 30 strokes. Sydney Royer (92) placed second, Miranda Freeman set a personal low round (98) to finish third, and newcomers Trisha Mulamreddy and Brittany Solar finished 8th and 9th, respectively.
The Cobra boys (382 total) repeated as District Golf Champions, defeating Temple Central Texas Christian (416), Austin Brentwood Christian (434), and Bryan Brazos Christian (439). Greg Steinhelper shot a 75 to tie for first, but was defeated on the second hole of the playoff. Others boys competing on our team included Kevin Lee (97, 8th), Sree Vemu (104), Zach Cavazos (106) and Johann Harshman (114). Playing as an individual, Akhil Rajiv shot his low round of the year (97) to finish 9th. Wesley Rodriguez (120) and Will Poneck (140) also competed as individuals.
The members of both teams, and Akhil Rajiv, advance to the South Regional Tournament on Monday, April 15th at The Woodlands. Thank you for your support of these student-athletes.
The following students are being honored by the San Antonio Library Pegasus Poetry committee: Michael Suarez, Gracyn Freiling, and Katie Fleming from 5th grade. In 6th grade, honorees include Daniel Tereny, Arianna Pachecano, Nicole McCormick, and Ashley Ano. Congratulations!
Academic World Quest
For the third year in a row, Keystone students brought home the first place trophy in the Academic WorldQuest Regional Competition held on Friday.
Our Junior Team of Eric Duan, Garrett Hinck, Daniel Quintero, and Max Westerberg won first place, and will travel to Washington, D.C. in April for the National WorldQuest Competition sponsored by the World Affairs Council. In addition, our Freshman Team of Katie Mansfield, Chris Zhu, Emily Ye, and Nabil Kapasi won third place.
This year's competition was particularly challenging, with more difficult questions, a larger number of questions, and less time in which to decide on an answer. Congratulations to all of the participants.
Spanish Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Nita Tunga. About 50 schools from the area surrounding San Antonio convened at the University of the Incarnate Word for the 20th Spanish Spelling Bee. Nita made it through 4 rounds and finished in the top 10.
Science Fair News
Congratulations to 3 of our high school science fair students! Will Yager, Gabi Mehta, and Asma Syed were selected among nominees in Texas to attend and present their science fair projects at the 2013 Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in College Station Jan 24-26. Will won a 2nd place award for his poster presentation of “High-Speed Cryptography: FPGAs Versus CPUs”. Gabi had a paper/PowerPoint presentation of her project “Comparing the Spectra of SBØ and SØ Galaxies”, and Asma had a poster presentation of her project “The Effects of Teeth Whitening Gel Containing Carbamide Peroxide on Fluoridated Hydroxyapatite”.
Ten Keystone Middle School students and 15 High School students represented Keystone at the Regional Science Bowl competition. This is the first time Keystone has participated in this event. It was a tough competition but both the Middle School teams advanced to the double elimination round where one made it to the quarter finals. One of our high school teams made it to the double elimination round where they also participated in the quarter finals. Congratulations to: Jonathan McCutchen, Paras Patel, Claire Yager, Hagan Hensley, Aj Shah, Javier Soza, Mason Valicek, Elliot Gorokhovsky, David Howk, Isuru Somawardana, Nita Tunga, Drew Schaffer, Wes Rodriguez, Isaiah Thompson, Kevin Lee, Anand Ahuja, Amanda Rothbauer, Ellen Andrews, Caitlin Castella, Carolyn Ye, Hana Kapasi, Shreya Tripathy, Asma Syed, Trisha Mulamreddy, Serena Agrawal.
SAMA Writing Contest Winner
Join Keystone in congratulating eighth grader Astrid Armstrong for her poem, "From the Mirror’s Perspective," written for the San Antonio Museum of Art "Aphrodite and the Gods of Love" contest. Astrid's winning poem earned her $250 and publication in the San Antonio Express-News.
The panel of judges included Mayor Julián Castro, Trinity University Classical Studies chairman Thomas Jenkins, poet Laurie Ann Guerrero, Our Lady of the Lake University professor Mary Francine Danis and SAMA curator Jessica Powers.
Randomists Win Big
Keystone's Randomists Robotics team won the Grand Prize at this year’s First Lego League Alamo Regional Competition. They excelled in all categories: robot performance (third place), research (cane with gyroscopic technology/prototype), design and engineering, and FLL core values.
Students Recognized for Poetry
Creative Communications selected the following kids as winners in their fall poetry contest. Winners are selected from across the country. Congratulations to:
Inaara Bhanyani, Evan Berkowitch, Lexi Boone, Jacob Cohen, Elias Forey, William Harris, Gowri Iyengar, Aniruda Karla, Rachel Lynch, Isela Martin, Justin Parsons, Jackie Pavolovsky, Jordan West, Nina Koneru, Huzair Latif, and Maysoon Tirhi, Varsha Mulamreddy
Please congratulate 7th grader Adithya Mummidi for a fantastic finish at the District 7AA PSIA Meet in Victoria on Saturday! Adithya has qualified for the STATE PSIA MEET in Fort Worth in all three of his events. He placed 1st in Number Sense, 1st in Mathematics, and 2nd in Vocabulary. Adithya will be returning to Fort Worth to defend his state championships in Number Sense and Mathematics from last year’s state meet. Congratulations also to Daniel Tan. Daniel placed 3rd in PSIA Number Sense, and 1st in PSIA Mathematics last weekend at the PSIA District Meet in Austin. Daniel will also be advancing to the State PSIA meet in Fort Worth in April.
Scholastic Writing Awards
Three Keystone students placed in the San Antonio Scholastic Writing Awards and were honored on Feb. 21 at SAY Si’. Works were judged by a panel of San Antonio writers and literature professionals.
Please join us in congratulating the following students:
ninth grader Katherine Mansfield for earning two silver keys, one for her poem “The Worst Kinds Of Love” and another for her flash fiction “The Shoebox”;
eighth grader Paloma Ruiz for earning a silver key for her poetry collection, which included “Paper Girl,” “Surmount This,” “The Fabric Of Africa,” “This Haunted House,” and “To Protect You”; and
ninth grader Emily Ye for receiving honorable mention for her short story “Snapshots Of Us.
The Keystone team of Adithya Mummidi, Evan Meade, Isuru Somawardana, and Elliot Gorokhovsky took 4th place at regional MathCounts competition on Saturday, February 9th, and will advance to state competition in March. Adithya took 3rd place overall, and 3rd place in the Countdown Round, coming home with 3 trophies.
The team, along with official competitors Olivia Addington, Javier Soza, Jared Zhao, John Wilkins, Sam Delmer, and Daniel Tan, and unofficial competitors Ricardo Aguiar, Evan Valicek, Max Rattray, and Aidan Rodriguez, gave up lots of free time to prepare. Christian Butler also joined for prep, but was unable to attend the competition.
Congratulations to all of Keystone's Mathletes for the time and effort.
Junior Academy of Sciences Results
This February, eleven of our science fair students participated in the Junior Academy of Sciences competition. Please congratulate all of them on their hard work. Below is an alphabetical list of the students and their awards.
Anand Ahuja (11th grade) – Best in Category – Math/Computer Science
Ashley Ano (6th grade) – 1st Place – Chemistry
Nia Clements (7th grade) – 3rd Grand in Health Sciences
Glori Das (9th grade) – 1st Place – Microbiology
Hagan Hensley (8th grade) – Best in Category – Earth and Space
Sydney Hileman (6th grade) – 3rd Grand in Biological Sciences
Gowri Iyengar (6th grade) – 2nd Place – Botany
Ani Karla (6th grade) – 1st Place – Engineering
Nikhita Pathapati (6th grade) – Best in Category – Environmental
Ashara Somawardana (6th grade) – Best in Category – Botany
Vishok Srikanth (12th grade) – Best in Category – Medicine and Health
More publications for Keystone writers
Hana Kapasi was published in Voices de la Luna. Read her poem “Congress Lines” here: http://www.voicesdelaluna.com/tableofcontents.html#mce_temp_url#
Shreya Tripathy was published in the San Antonio Current. Read her flash fiction piece “Life as One” here: http://blogs.sacurrent.com/index.php/life-as-one-by-shreya-tripathy/
Claire Stevens was published on the Teen Ink Website. Read her poem “The Peter Complex” here: http://www.teenink.com/poetry/all/article/521580/The-Peter-Complex/
Garrett Hinck will have his poem “I Would Like” published in the print version of Teen Ink. Read his poem here: http://www.teenink.com/poetry/free_verse/article/496691/I-would-like-to/
Ali Booth will have two new pieces published in the coming months! “Veins” will appear in BrickRhetoric and “Leather Bound” will appear in Greystone.
Travis Howk was published on the Teen Ink Website. Read “Two Wheels” here: http://teenink.com/fiction/realistic_fiction/article/516324/Two-Wheels/
Alice Frederick won the 2012 Music as Muse Prize sponsored by the Camber Orchestra of San Antonio. Alice earned a $500.00 prize for her poem and was a featured reader at the inaugural Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Concert! Read more about her accomplishment here: http://cosayouthrenaissance.blogspot.com/
Freshman Katie Mansfield's poem, “Because I Love You,” has received special recognition for outstanding work by the publication Teen Ink. It has been designated with an “Editor’s Choice” award on the Teen Ink website.
Nicole Cohen had her poem "Black Velvet" published in the San Antonio Current. Nicole wrote "Black Velvet" in creative writing last year. See a copy of her poem below:
the way I see it,
you’re black velvet –
brushing up against the
fingertips of elegance,
you smell like an old dusty memory
of a first dance,
senses melting together
as my touch tastes the depth of your dark whirlpools.
and maybe you think I’m black velvet too,
all celestial and coruscating smoothly,
but no, I’m corrugated
with my upraised ridges and my in-betweens
I could hardly pass for black velvet
except maybe from afar,
which is where you stand, for now.
Justin Parsons was recognized in the National Amateur Poetry Contest. Justin's poem, Funeral, is a semi-finalist and will be included in their book, In My Lifetime. "Funeral" is Justin's impression of attending his grandfather's funeral 2011.
AMC 8 Results
On November 13th, seventeen 7th and 8th grade students took the 2012 AMC 8 (American Mathematics Competition) contest which is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. MAA is a prestigious national organization for mathematics. Over 2,400 schools, and 150,000 students participated in the contest.
Keystone received a “Team Certificate of Merit” for having a score total of 50 or more for our top 3 students. We had a total of 58.
Certificates of Participation were presented to the 17 students who took the AMC 8.
Keystone’s top 3 students in each of the two grade levels were recognized with medals and certificates (see awards sheet).
Four students were recognized with Honor Roll certificates for placing in the top 5% nationally. That score was 18 or more out of 25 questions.
The top student pin was presented to Adithya Mummidi, who answered 21 out of the 25 questions correctly, and missed receiving a place on the “Distinguished Honor Roll” (top 1% nationally) by just 1 question.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory names planet for Keystone student
In recognition of achievement as a finalist in the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS, a middle school math and science competition of Society for Science & the Public, Keystone Cobra John Wilkins had a minor planet named in his honor. Minor Planet Johnwilkins was discovered by the LINEAR program of MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. Congratulations, John!
NSBE Convention Results
Kid Zone - Elementary Science Bowl
3rd Place - Purple Fire - Jada Young, Team Captain
1st Place - Aces - Christian Butler Team Member
HS Science Fair
1st Place - Shari Rohret
TMAL - Math and Physics Competition
1st Place - Isaiah Thompson, Captain and Llewellyn Fambles
LitMag has done it again!
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced winners of the 29th Annual Gold Circle awards and our students were well represented.
Please congratulate Wallis, Amanda, and Gaby on their accomplishments in representing the 2011-2012 issue of LitMag!
Gaby Bucay was awarded 1st place for her collection of photographs in the Photography: Portfolio of Work category.
Wallis Monday was awarded both 2nd place AND honorable mention for her poems “You Are Four Shades of Lavender” and “Snapshot of Lonely Impurity” in the category of Free Form Poetry.
Amanda Rothbauer was awarded honorable mention for her poem “Tattle Tale” in the Traditional Poetry category.
Additionally, LitMag was awarded a nomination of SUPERIOR by the National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. This is the highest nomination offered by NCTE.
Finally, please note that the editors and staff of LitMag have received a rating of First Place from the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual magazine competition. Staff were praised for their superior efforts and Rachel Array’s poem “Singing Saint-Saens” was recognized as a Best Poem. You may remember Rachel’s poem was the winner of last year’s Valentine Poem Contest.
What great work from our LitMag editors Gaby Bucay, Emily Hernandez, and Travis Howk.
Sydney Royer Published
Junior Daniel Quintero Published
Congratulations to junior Daniel Quintero on his first major poetry publication. Daniel's poem "I Have Lost my Sense of Sight" will appear in the next issue of GREYstone magazine! Daniel's poem considers the sometimes visceral reaction we have to those things we cannot name.
Read Daniel's poem below:
I have lost my sense of sight
By Daniel Quintero
rain holds itself together
something about the way I’m sitting
the restless imbalance
of missing one piece
some nameless thing--
(my left or
I do not know)
asks me if I miss anyone
my hands cannot find each other to pray
turning my concrete head
I whisper your name like an ‘Amen’
and it begins to rain
Keystone students recognized at UIL Meet
At the Madison H.S. UIL meet, senior Carolyn Ye won a 9th place ribbon in Ready Writing. Freshman Ellery Pickens won a 4th place medal in Current Events, and freshman Nabil Kapasi won a 7th place ribbon in Current Events. The freshman team of Ellery Pickens, Nabil Kapasi, and Vinodh Srikanth won the 2nd place team plaque in Current Events. Congratulations!
8th Grader wins Piano Ragtime Competition
Congratulations to Nina Freeman, eighth grader, who won First Place at the Annual Youth Ragtime Piano Competition in November. She was competing primarily with high school students. Nina was invited to play at "an Afternoon of Ragtime Piano"(featuring Robert Edwards and other professional musicians).
8th Graders place in High School UIL Tournament
Two Keystone 8th graders competed at a high school invitational UIL meet at MacArthur High School in November. Elliot Gorokhovsky won a 2nd place trophy in 9th grade science, and a 4th place ribbon in 9th grade mathematics. Jonathan McCutchen won an 8th place ribbon in 9th grade mathematics. Congratulations, gentlemen!
Meade Featured in Express News
Check out the article linked above to learn about Evan Meade's amazing birthday gift...
National Merit Results
The National Merit Commended Students are:
This students scored in the top 3% nationwide on their PSAT test in the junior year. (Keystone's 8 National Merit Semifinalists scored in the top 0.5%, as determined on a state by state basis.)
The National Hispanic Scholars are:
These students scored in the top 1% of all students who identified themselves as Hispanic, as determined on a state by state basis. They also must have a GPA of at least a 3.0
Altogether, 18 out of 32 seniors received National Merit Recognition this year, which is a pretty impressive number!
Keystone Named Best Workplace
For the past four years, the Express News has recognized Top Workplaces, a recognition based on survey results. This year, the Express News identifies the top 50 workplaces in three divisions: small business, medium business, and large business. Each year, Keystone has been one of the top 50 workplaces, and this year, we were ranked the #1 small business to work for in San Antonio. Go Cobras!
Keystone Seniors win 3 of 4 finalist positions
Congratulations to seniors Amanda Rothbauer, Gaby Bucay, and Alice Frederick on their status as finalists in the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio’s Music as Muse Prize. The Music as Muse competition invited high school seniors to write a poem inspired by The Unanswered Question, a musical piece by Charles Ives. Amanda, Gaby, and Alice will present their work at the COSA’s Inaugural Concert on October 26, 2012.
Four finalists were selected city wide, and three of these came from Keystone’s own senior class! Lloyd Schwartz served as a judge for the competition. He has written three books of poetry and serves as the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Fresh Air!
The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives:
Amanda Rothbauer Recognized
Join us in congratulating Amanda Rothbauer on another publication. Amanda's poem "The Hearse" is designated with an "Editor's Choice" award on the Teen Ink website.
"The Hearse" is part of a larger thematic that Amanda is creating. This thematic offers brief sketches of various cars in a funeral procession. Her thematic is shaping up into a very powerful collection.
Varsity Volleyball Team wins District Championship
Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team as they concluded district play last night and earned the title of DISTRICT CHAMPIONS. Our team ended the season with a record of 8-1 in district.
Congratulations to senior editors Gaby Bucay, Emily Hernandez, and Travis Howk for their award winning work on the 2012 issue of LitMag. LitMag was awarded a rating of "First Class" from the National Scholastic Press Association! Students also earned marks of distinction in the categories of content, writing and editing, and layout.
The NSPA judges recognized the following student work as exemplary:
Synesthesia by Alice Frederick
You Are Four Shades of Lavender by Wallis Monday
No More Time by Emily Hernandez
In The Earliest Dream I Can Remember by Mia Kozlovsky
You and I by Sydney Royer
Cancer by Travis Howk
Drew Schaffer wins Science Writing Prize
Drew won Third Prize in the high school division of the New Cosmic Frontiers International Science Essay Competition on the Nature of our Universe and its Habitats, sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Templeton Foundation. In addition to receiving a $5,000 cash prize, Drew was awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Philadelphia for a two-day award ceremony at the Franklin Institute, one of the oldest science museums in America. The award ceremony will be attended by distinguished guests including Templeton Prize laureates Freeman Dyson, known for his contributions to quantum electrodynamics, and Charles Townes, who won the Nobel Prize for his invention of the maser, a precursor to the laser.
Shari Rohret and Jamir Thompson participated in the National ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics, www.naacp.org) Competition, 5-8 Jul 2012. Shari was awarded a Bronze medal, while Jamir was awarded a Silver medal. Both were awarded substantial cash awards as well. They were both invited to a Winner’s Dinner where iPADs were also awarded.
Here’s the link to the National ACT-SO 2012 Winners Page:
Jamir is listed under Chemistry/Biochemistry. Shari is listed under Earth & Space Sciences.
San Antonio Poetry Fair and other Writing Recognitions
Congratulations to Katie Mansfield on earning first place in the San Antonio Poetry Fair middle school division: The Future Poets of Texas Middle School Award (grades 6-8). Katie's poem "Star Shaper" will be published and so designated in the 2012 anthology, VOICES ALONG THE RIVER, which should be completed in October. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of SAPF's competition and publication.
Also, Katie and Carolyn Ye were both finalists in their age divisions for One Teen Story, a new literary magazine for young adult readers. As finalists, both girls will receive a one-year subscription to One Teen Story. For the teen fiction contest, One Teen Story received over 200 great short stories this year. Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Where She Went, judged the competition.
14-15 Age Group
• “In the End” by Katherine Mansfield
• “Blowing the Candles Out” by Joe Polsky
• “Paper Crowns” by Sarah Wilson
16-17 Age Group
• “Home” by Raisa Tolchinsky
• “Quarks in the Aftermath” by Farhan Kathalawa
• “To Have Hope” by Carolyn Ye
Emily Hernandez Published
Her poems Brittle Bones, The Moments that Stick, and breathsweattears appeared in the August issue of BrickRhetoric. BRICKrhetoric is a quarterly online arts journal based in Chicago with a multicultural and urban focus. The magazine is run by students at the East-West University in Chicago. Check out issue #9:
Emily's poems are on pages 17 & 18.
Eighth grader Mia Quintero published
Congratulations to Mia for having “The Candle” selected for publication in VOICES ALONG THE RIVER, the San Antonio Poetry Fair 2012 anthology.
Autumn Greenfield wins 2nd Grand Prize at INESPO
Autumn Greenfield had one of only two U.S. science projects at the 4th International Environment & Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, and won 2nd Grand Prize. 150 projects from 43 different countries (313 students) representing the categories of chemistry, physics, biology, geography, and social environment competed for only three grand prizes. Her project converted rust into magnetite nanoparticles to reduce heavy metals from contaminated lake water. Her focus was centered on remote global areas without infrastructure. She says “It was so special for me to not only represent the greatest country in the world, but the greatest school as well.”
Hashmi Summer Golfing Accolades
* Shahbaz won the 2012 Greater San Antonio Junior (under 12) Matchplay Golf Championship in June at the Riverside Golf Club in a spirited final match which was decided on the last hole.The temperature that day was 103 degrees. This victory was very meaningful as Shahbaz was the runner up in 2011.
* In July, shortly after turning 12 Shahbaz competed in the San Antonio Junior (under 14) Strokeplay Championship at Brackenridge GC and shocked the 'big boys' by shooting scores of 68, 72 & 73 over three days and took second place honors. A very impressive performance indeed.
* Shahbaz played on the highy competitive South Texas PGA Junior & Little linksters Tour throughout the summer. He competed in 10 tournaments and got First place in 7 of them ( 2 second places and a fifth place).
* In August, at the Annual STPGA Tour Championship in Houston, Shahbaz played 2 solid rounds of golf and got 4th place out of 80 qualifiers from all over the state.
* Earlier in spring, Shahbaz represented Keystone in two ISAL golf tournaments and finished 2nd & 1st respectively.
Broadcom Masters Semifinalists Announced
Please congratulate Isuru Somawardana (8th grade) and John Wilkins (7th grade) for becoming semifinalists in the Broadcom Masters competition. Middle school students are nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS by SSP-affiliated science fairs held during the school year. Nominees enter the competition by completing an application explaining their science project and demonstrating their use of STEM principles - science, technology, engineering and math - in the development and presentation of their project. From entrants nationwide, 300 semifinalists are selected, including 30 finalists. The finalists, who would earn a trip to Washington D.C. to present their project, will be announced in 2 weeks.
Isuru's project was: The Effect of Cell Phone Radiation on Saccharomyces cerevisiae
John's project was: The Effects of Changing the Moon's Eccentricity on High Tide Height (the Maximum and Minimum High Tide in One Year) in Boston, Massachusetts Coastal Area