Keystone’s upper school Model UN club attended Central Texas Model UN in Austin the first weekend in November. Keystone’s delegation achieved its best result ever, five major and one minor committee awards. Congratulations to:
Ellery Pickens (Germany) – outstanding delegate in Economic and Social Council
Eric BIshel (USSR) – outstanding delegate in Historic Security Council, Suez Crisis, 1956.
Hana Kapasi (Germany) – Syrian Crisis Peace Negotiations
Llew Fambles (Press Corps) – best multi-media presentation
Claire Stevens (Count Ludwig Cobenzl, serving the Habsburgs) – best delegate in the War of the Third Coalition. Claire is our upper school’s club first-ever winner of best delegate.
Sophie Molak (Ecuador) – honorable mention, General Assembly
Mathletes in Action
Evan Meade, Adithya Mummidi, John Wilkins, and Jared Zhao participated in the Spurs 10th Annual Mathletes in Action on October 26, 2013, placing 9th in competition. Some of the top teams in the state were there, and all four of the students placed in the top 50 individuals. Adithya Mummidi placed 7th overall, and advanced to the Count Down Round. Thanks to the boys and to Dr. Mummidi for making this happen.
Middle School Robotics
The middle school robotics team competed in the Getting Excited About Robotics (GEAR) competition last weekend, and reached the semifinal rounds. Even though the team did not have the highest point total for robot performance, they did receive an award for Best Themed robot. The team members are Josh Brown, Daniel Tan, and Troy Whitney, and they are coached by parent volunteer Sue Agrawal. The boys had only 5 weeks to prepare for the competition, and worked hard building a robot from a Lego Mindstorms kit that could perform specified tasks in the 2 minute time limit.
Shahbaz Hashmi Wins Golf Championship
Shahbaz Hashmi (8th grade) won the '2013 Greater San Antonio Junior Under 14 Golf Championship' at the historic Brackenridge Golf Course. Shahbaz also won the under 12 crown last year. Shahbaz also represented Keystone in the ISAL Golf Championship in spring and got 2nd place.
Gowri Iyengar Poetry Featured on poeticpower.com as one of 'ten best" poems nationally
Check out her work here! http://powerpoetic.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/gowri-iyengar/
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