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.
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!
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.