National Merit Recognition
Keystone School’s Class of 2015 National Merit Honorees
Every year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), in partnership with the College Board, administers the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (the PSAT/NMSQT) to approximately 1.5 million 11th grade students in the United States. The NMSC officially recognizes the 50,000 students with the highest scores. National Merit Semifinalists are the top-scoring 16,000 students, representing the top half of the top 1% of students in each state. (Approximately 15,000 of the Semifinalists will be named Finalists after meeting additional standards and fulfilling several requirements.) The remaining 34,000 of the 50,000 top scoring students are named National Merit Commended Students in recognition of their academic promise.
National Merit Finalists
National Merit Commended Students
The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition that provides recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit® Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT and meeting other published requirements for participation. Of the more than 160,000 students who currently enter the National Achievement® Program each year, the top 1% (about 1,600) are named Semifinalists. Of those, approximately 1,300 advance to Finalist standing by meeting additional standards.
National Achievement Finalist
Each year, the National Hispanic Recognition Program honors nearly 5,000 of the highest-scoring Hispanic/Latino students (out of more than 200,000 juniors who take the PSAT).
National Hispanic Scholars
Alejandro “Blue” Gonzalez
John “Yianni” Nikolaou
ARSEF Results: 2015 Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Congratulations to the science fair students represented the school well and received plenty of awards for their hard work. Many of them will be advancing to the state competition in late March. Isuru Somawardana and Adithya Mummidi will be going to the International Science Fair at Pittsburgh in May.
Please see the right sidebar for a detailed list of students, awards, and scholarships.
Keystone also received a special plaque of appreciation for all the years that we have provided the Alamo Regional Science Fair with a Tools/Materials table and for allowing them to have ISEF preparation meetings on our campus.
Cobratics- February 2015
Please congratulate the 4th Grade Cobratics Robotics team. They participated in a FLL (First Lego League) robotics qualifier this past Saturday along with 28 other teams, all competing for a chance to go on to the regional competition.
They won 2 awards:
Strategy & Innovation Award: recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build and innovative and high performing robot.
Robot Performance Award: Recognizes a team that scores the most points during the robot game.
The Cobratics are 1 of the 12 teams from this qualifier (there were 6 other qualifiers within the region) who will be advancing to the Alamo FLL Regional Championship on March 14th at the HBG Convention Center. There will be an estimated 80+ teams at the Championship…all the top teams from the qualifier they participated in. Good luck Cobratics!!
Science Bowl Results: February 2015
Please congratulate the following students for some hard fought rounds during the Science Bowl competition. Although no teams won an award they all represented Keystone well, and our Sophomore team ended their run within the top 6 teams of the tournament.
Middle School: Mark Morgan, Jacob Cohen, Evan Berkowitch, Alana Pickens, Kendall Michaelis, Julia Mansfield, Justin Parsons, Wyatt Seal, Leander Galbraith, Joshua Brown
High School: Nia Clements, Luke Vilagi, Evan Meade, Adithya Mummidi, Ashlyn Roth, Daniel Tan, Jared Zhou, Sam Delmer, John Wilkins, Meghan Maloney, Javier Soza, Claire Yager, Mason Valicek, Isuru Somawardana, Hagan Hensley
Junior Academy of Sciences Results-February 2015
Seven Keystone students presented their science fair projects at the Junior Academy of Sciences as a warm-up for the regional fair. Please congratulate them for their hard work.
1st Grand Prize – Academy I Isuru Somawardana
3rd Grand Prize – Academy II Nia Clements
3rd Grand Prize –Academy III Ashlyn Roth
Highest in Category – Computer Science Evan Meade
1st Place - Engineering Luke Vilagi
1st Place – Medicine and Health Glori Das
1st Grand Prize – Academy III Nakhita Patapathi
Middle School Basketball Success
The 7th grade boys basketball teamwon the ISAL tournament recently. The boys went undefeated during the regular season and the won the end of season tournament in a hard fought battle against Castle Hills. Please also congratulate the 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams. Both teams went undefeated and finished first in ISAL League play. They also participated in the ISAL League Tournament where they won both the 7th and 8th grade Championships.
Spelling and Geography Bees
Congratulations to our finalists in our recent Geography and Spelling Bees! Eighth grader Nikhita Pathapati was our Spelling Bee champion and eighth grader Jacob Cohen was our Geography Bee champion. Students who participated as finalists were:
Grade 4: Jasmin Hollis, Owen Hurd
Grade 5 James Byrd, Gabriel Lynch
Grade 6: Ethan McKendrick-Green, Hashim Latif
Grade 7: Paul Conroy, Om Joshi
Grade 8: Jacob Cohen, Evan Berkowitch
4th Graders: Seva Joshi, Hazel Spedding, Brandon Alsip and Eli Cohen
5th Graders: Lauren Engates, Matthew Stagg, Agatha Gibson, and James Byrd
6th Graders: Tatum Spriester, Hashim Latif, Ella Best, and Dominic Crute
7th Graders: Om Joshi, Beril Saygin, Isabella Sullivan, Gracyn Freiling
8th Graders: Mark Morgan, Nikhita Pathapati, Rohan Shayi, Peyton Spriester
San Antonio Poetry Out Loud-December 2014
Please congratulate Sam Terry, who will represent Keystone at the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud state finals in Austin. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization, and recitation.
Sam powerfully recited from memory Edwin Arlington Robinson's "Edward Cory" and Lisel Mueller's "Monet Refuses the Operation." After preparing a third poem, Sam will compete at the state level, where he will have the opportunity to advance to the national level, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded.
Please also congratulate Ceci Hart and Olivia Kane for participating in this program.
Mohan Mukunda Indira Iyengar earns Eagle Scout Award
Mohan Mukunda Iyengar, a Keystone Sophomore, earned the Eagle Scout award on November 14th, 2013. Mohan has completed 11 years of scouting. Mohan earned the Arrow of Light award (the highest award given to cub scouts) before embarking on the Eagle trail. Mohan has earned 26 merit badges including all of the Eagle required badges such as Citizenship of the nation, community, and the world. For the citizenship of the community, he visited the Shavano Council Office and listened to a deliberation conducted by Marne, the Shavano Park governor. A series of required merit badge universities, innumerable scout meetings, and camping trips were involved to achieve this highest award in scouting. He earned the Hindu religious awards, Dharma and Karma awards. Mohan also went to Virginia to the Scout Jamboree, where he lived with 100,000 scouts from all over the USA in 2010. Mohan had the unique opportunity to meet Shawn White and get his autograph at the Jamboree. With structured discipline at San Antonio Academy and troop 66, Mohan was ready to work on the highest scouting honor.
Little School Food Drive
The Little School donated 574 lbs. of food to the San Antonio Food Bank. That’s 448 meals for the San Antonio community, and proof that little people can do BIG things!
Seven Keystone Upper School students competed this fall on Keystone’s first CyberPatriot team. This Air Force Association program puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. More info can be found at https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/.
Keystone wins Quiz Bowl Tournaments
The team of Katie Mansfield, Hana Kapasi, Nabil Kapasi, and Hagan Hensley took first place at the "Patriot Games" Quiz Bowl tournament. Going into this tournament, they were ranked 6th in the state of Texas and have now moved up to fourth. The team has qualified to go to nationals in Chicago.
Keystone Student Successes at the 2014 NSBE Fall Regional Conference in Baton Rouge-November 2014
Congratulations to the following students for their many achievements at the NSBE Conference:
Try Math a Lon Competition - 11th and 12th Grade Division - Llewellyn Fambles was the Captain of the team which placed 1st and will compete at the National Convention in March of 2015.
Try Math a Lon Competition - 9th and 10th Grade Division - Christian Butler was a member of the team which placed 1st and will compete at the National Convention in March of 2015.
Mathcounts Competition - Jada Young was the captain of the team which placed 1st and will compete at the National Convention in March of 2015.
- Corinthian Ewesuedo was a member of the team which placed 2nd and will compete at the National Convention in March of 2015
Students wins Girl Scout Silver Award
Gowri Iyengar earned her Girl Scout Silver award after completing a landscape project at the Swaminarayam Mandir (Temple) based on a Xeriscape plan. She also educated people and other girl scouts on the importance of water conservation and retention of local habitat through this project. Gowri is a scout in troop 388 (Keystone School) and troop 506. She is the first one to earn the award from both the troops. Gowri will be working on her Gold award in 2015.
John Jay Math and Science Meet
Adithya Mummidi represented Keystone at the John Jay Math and Science Meet last weekend, where he received trophies for 1st place in 9th Grade Mathematics, 1st place in 9th Grade Science, 1st place in Biology, and 2nd place in 9th Grade Number Sense. Adithya also recently competed in the Texas A&M University Mathematics Tournament in College Station on Saturday, and won an award for placing 7th in the Algebra/Geometry contest. Way to go, Adithya!
This year’s National Merit honorees have been announced, and Keystone’s Class of 2015 is well-represented:
National Merit Semifinalists
National Merit Commended Students
National Hispanic Scholars
National Achievement Semifinalist
Soccer-Team All State!
Please congratulate Dave Gravely on making 1st Team All State. Out of 25 teams they choose 16 players to be 1st team all state, so it is a huge honor for Dave. Also congratulate Devon Ledbetter and Regan Schuetze for making All State Honorable Mention.
Girl Scouts Gold Award
The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas presented junior Carrington Kirstein with the Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting with just 5% of Girl Scouts nationwide achieving this honor. Carrington received the Gold Award for her “Project Pet Saver.” This project was developed to support San Antonio’s “no-kill” mission and to promote responsible pet care. As a Girl Scout for 12 years, Carrington joined the organization when she was a kindergartener at Keystone.
Please congratulate Nia Clements and John Wilkins on their advancement in the Broadcom Masters science fair competition to National Semifinalists (out of 300). They were the only 2 from San Antonio.
Congratulations to our ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) participants Trisha Mulamreddy, Isuru Somawardana, and Jonathan McCutchen on their trip to Los Angeles this May. They competed with over 1,700 student from over 70 countries, had a private tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, visited UCLA, walked around and under the space shuttle Endeavor, visited the Huntington Botanical gardens, and much more. They all had wonderful projects and represented our school well, and Jonathan McCutchen walked the stage with the top 2% of all the projects, receiving a 1st grand prize in Environmental Science.
Our sophomore team of Nabil Kapasi, Chris Zhu, Emily Ye, and Katie Mansfield won second place in the National WorldQuest Competition in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 26. Please join Keystone in congratulating them on their achievement.
NSBE Convention Results
The 40th NSBE National Convention was held in Nashville, TN last weekend. The following Keystone students were recognized.
Lower School: Corinthian Ewesuedo's FLL robotics team ,The Femgineers ,won the Core Value Award at the NSBE National FLL Competition.
Middle School: Christian Butler's Mathcounts team won 2nd Place. Christian was the 2nd Highest Scorer and won 2nd Place in the Countdown round.
High School: Isaiah Thompson and Llewellyn Fambles Try Math a Lon team was a National Finalist.
Isaiah also won the NSBE Jr. Graduating Senior Scholarship and the U.S. Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Award
Seventh Grade student Jacob Cohen represented Keystone School on April 4, 2014 at the National Geographic Bee Texas State Finals, held in Bedford Texas. After winning our school bee, Jacob's next step was to take a written exam; his score earned him a spot in the state bee with 100 other top-scoring students, out of several thousand students in the state of Texas. Congratulations to Jacob for his earning 11th place at the Texas State Finals!
The Keystone middle school science bowl team of Evan Meade, Nia Clements, Ashlyn Roth, Luke Vilagi, and Adithya Mummidi traveled to Washington DC to compete in the National Science Bowl. They were treated to a night tour of the national monuments and we were given a day at the national mall area to visit the museums and the capitol building. Congratulate them all for their hard work, and check out their Express News article here:
Please congratulate Jared Zhao for winning awards in both of his events at the State PSIA Academic Meet at TCU in Fort Worth last Saturday. Jared competed against the top two students from each of the 14 districts from across the state, and won 4th place in number sense, and 4th place in mathematics.
National Spanish Exam Results
To the right, you will find the results of the National Spanish Examination that was taken by all Spanish class students. Please note that the exam is ranked by percentile. All the students around the nation who took this exam are graded the same and given placements by percentile: gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention.
A score of 97, for example, indicates that the student answered more test items correctly than 97% of students in the same category nationwide.
We are very proud of their outstanding accomplishment!
Please congratulate the students who competed in this year’s UTSA GEAR Robotic’s Competition. Keystone had 2 teams participate in the competition, one in the elementary division and one in the middle school division. Both teams won first place in their divisions. The middle school team also won 2nd place for the young engineers award.
Odyssey of the Mind
The Keystone School's Odyssey of the Mind primary team performed its student-created play "The World's First Arts Festival" at the Central Regional Tournament in LaVernia, Texas on March 1. The team was excited and proud to receive a trophy and medals recognizing the hard work that went into creating a story, writing dialogue, composing original songs, and making scenery, props, and costumes with recycled materials. Great achievement for these first and second graders. Congratulations to Gray Altmeyer, Bennett Childs, Olivia Gonzalez, Evan Hamaoka, Becca Nerone, Alex Phillips, and Niraj Srivastava.
Congratulations to the following students, who are Finalists in the SA Library Pegasus Poetry Competition: Sophia Rios, Emma Bebarta, Erica Stocker, Abby Parker, Asier Quiroga, and Natalie Hoffner.
Congratulations to our students, who worked hard and had outstanding results at this year's science fair. See the sidebar to the right for project details and award listings.
Please congratulate the Middle School Science Bowl Team of Nia Clements, Ashlyn Roth, Evan Meade, Luke Vilagi, and Adithya Mummidi for their 1st place win in the 2014 Science Bowl. They ran through the competition without a single loss, and will now move on to the all-expense paid National Science Bowl competition on April 24-28 in Washington D.C. The other Middle School team of Daniel Tan, Sadie Cavazos, Sam Delmer, Meghan Maloney, and John Wilkins earned 4th place. Three High School teams participated. The 11/12th grade team of Drew Schaffer, Wesley Rodriquez, Hana Kapasi, Shreya Tripathy, and Kevin Lee took a 4th place, while the 9th grade team of Isuru Somawardana, Javier Soza, Mason Valicek, Claire Yager, and Hagan Hensley took 5th place. The second 9th grade team of Paras Patel, Carl Hileman, Vishaal Shekara, Jonathan McCutchen, and Musmin Zar played very well but did not make it to the double-elimination round. Please congratulate them all!!
In Science Bowl, Individual teams members use buzzers to be recognized and answer toss-up questions for points. If a team member wins a toss-up question then the whole team gets a bonus question which they can confer together on before giving their answer. The areas of the competition are biology, earth science, astronomy, physics, chemistry, math, and energy. Because of this wide range of areas and there is no guide given for them to study.
Please join Keystone in congratulating the following students on their literary accomplishments.
Scholastic Southwest Region-at-Large Writing Awards
Begun in 1923, the Scholastic Awards accept student entries in twenty-eight categories of art and writing. According to the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, during the past five years, students have submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing . A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.
Katie Mansfield, tenth grader, gold key for her poetry collection, which included “When My Mother Calls Me Fat,” “Handle with Care,” “Treasured,” “Taking out the Trash,” and “To Have a Whole”
Evan Meade, eighth grader, silver key for his short story “Terram Liberam”
Olivia Kane, eighth grader, honorable mention for her personal essay “June Bug”
Max Rattray, eighth grader, honorable mention for his science story “The Man of the North”
Ashlyn Roth, eighth grader, honorable mention for her personal essay “Center Stage”
As a gold key finalist, Katie’s poetry collection will be forwarded to the national level. National medalists will be announced in March.
Dana Kay Barber Student Writing Awards
This statewide award, sponsored by Abydos Learning, Inc. (formerly the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas), is open to students whose teachers have participated in the project’s three-week writing institute. Honorees will be recognized in a ceremony at the Abydos Trainers'/Teachers’ 28th Annual Conference at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.
Julie Mansfield, seventh grader, second place in 6-8 prose for “Hey, China Girl”
Nikhita Pathapati, seventh grader, third place in 6-8 prose for “Always There In My Heart”
Afshan Sharaf, eighth grader, third place in 6-8 poetry for “On the Other Side”
Laws of Life Essay Contest
Sponsored by the Better Business Bureau, this contest asks students to write about one of their core values or principles. Finalists will be recognized at an awards banquet on Tuesday, March 25, at the Red Oak Ballroom:
Eli Skop, eighth grader, finalist for his essay “Service”
Academic World Quest
In the annual Academic World Quest Regional Competition held on 2/11/14, Keystone students not only returned the first place trophy to Founders' Hall for the fourth straight year, they also swept the top four places among the thirty-five teams. Our first-place team of sophomores will travel to Washington, D.C. in April to seek the national title once again. Please congratulate the following winning teams:
10th grade Team -- 1st place
12th grade Team -- 2nd place
9th grade Team -- 3rd place
11th grade Team -- 4th place
San Antonio River Authority Quiz Bowl
Keystone competed against teams from Providence and Incarnate Word. BoCongratulations to Kokeb, Shreya, and Arya, whose team won the first San Antonio River Authority Quiz Bowl.
Congrats to Nikhita Pathapati, winner for the second year in a row! She spelled "aubergine" to win, and represented KS in the San Antonio Bee on Feb. 8th, where she also won! Her winning word? Laryngitis. Congratulations, Nikki!
AMC 8 Results
Please congratulate our top 6 students on the American Mathematics Competition for the 8th Grade. They received medals and certificates at the Middle School assembly today. Keystone received a team certificate for outstanding proficiency by our top 3 students, and certificates were presented to two students placing in the top 5% nationally, and one student placing in the top 1% nationally.
The top 6 students are:
1st place—Jared Zhao (top 1% nationally)
2nd place—Adithya Mummidi (top 5% nationally)
3rd place—Evan Meade (top 5% nationally)
4th place—John Wilkins and Sam Delmer (tie)
6th place—Nikhita Pathapati
MathCounts team Adithya Mummidi, Jared Zhou, Daniel Tan, and Evan Berkowitch earned FIRST PLACE at regional competition Saturday, 8 February 2014 and will advance to state competition in March. Adithya Mummidi placed 1st overall and in the countdown round, the first time a Keystone student has won both such distinctions. Jared Zhou placed 5th overall and 6th in countdown, and Max Rattray placed 10th overall and 7th in countdown. Max also advances to state as an individual competitor.
Other official individual competitors were Ricardo Aguiar, Sky Blanchard, Julia Mansfield, Rohan Shayi, and Eli Skop.
Students who prepared all year but were unable to participate because of conflicts were Inaara Bhayani, Lexi Boone, William Harris, Sydney Hileman, Gowri Iyengar, Evan Meade, Madison Metzger, Nikki Pathapati, Ruchi Sehgal, and John Wilkins.
The MathCounts team is coached by the Head of Keystone's Math department, Debbie Preston.
Junior Academy of Sciences
Congratulations to our 2014 Junior Academy of Science participants on their presentations on February 8. Isuru Somawardana won 1st Grand Prize in Physical Sciences, Glori Das won 1st Place in Medicine & Health, Ashlyn Roth won 3rd Place in Environmental, and Javier Soza received an Honorable Mention in Medicine & Health.
Keystone welcomed a group of Freedom Riders, who shared their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement with students. This was a unique and memorable opportunity for the students, and Keystone extends our thanks to the individuals who took the time to share their viewpoints.
The Tribe in the News
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Students Win Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarships
Congratulations to Garrett Hinck and Drew Schaffer, who won the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship. Each school may submit two nominees, and this is the second year that BOTH Keystone nominees have been selected. Forty S.A. students were selected, each receiving a $5,000 scholarship. The students will be recognized on the field during the Valero Alamo Bowl game.
Hagan Hensley, Nabil Kapasi, and Katie Mansfield competed this December at a special Quiz Bowl tournament for 9th/10th graders (as well as a middle school division), held at Reagan High School. The 3 of them won the tournament, competing all day against teams of 4 or 5 kids from other schools.
Check out the link below to the Quiz Bowl website which has a photo of our team, an article about the tournament, and stats on the kids and the teams. Quiz Bowl includes questions about sports, pop culture, literature, geography, science, math, history, and other categories.