2015 News Archive

2015 Broadcom Masters Award

Congratulations to Keystone student Alana Pickens, Broadcom MASTERS Nominee(s).  This is a great national honor, as only the top 10% of middle school students receive this distinction at affiliated science and engineering fairs across the United States.  

A nomination to the Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science & engineering competition is a very proud accomplishment.  This summer, the Broadcom organization will name 300 semifinalists, and bring 30 finalists to compete in person in Silicon Valley. Students receive prizes at all levels of the competition, and compete for the top prize of $25,000. Teachers of semifinalists and finalists also receive awards, and schools of finalists each receive $1,000.

This program aims to identify talent and encourages kids to pursue STEM fields in high school and beyond. Alumni have gone on to attend the White House Science Fair, win the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, and do great things in their communities. 

2015 Princeton Book Prize

Katie Mansfield was named one of the five most outstanding juniors in San Antonio by the Princeton Club of San Antonio.  Every year, the Princeton Club invites every high school in San Antonio to nominate their best and brightest for this citywide competition.  Katie's win marks the 7th year in a row that a Keystone student has been among the five winners, a feat unmatched by any other school.

The other winning students in 2015 represent Reagan, Clark, Brandeis, and Fox Tech Magnet High Schools.  Congratulations, Katie!

2015 National Spanish Exam Results

These are the students who have been recognized:

Premio de Oro (Gold   95 or above percentile)

Spanish I: Peyton Spriester, Julia Mansfield, Evan Berkowitch, Madison Metzger, Rachel Lynch

Spanish II: Evan Meade, Ashlyn Roth, Luke Vilagi, Jared Zhao

Spanish III: Hagan Hensley, Musmin Zar, Isuru Somawardana, Mia Quintero

Spanish IV: Sam Terry, Katherine Mansfield, Ceci Hart

Premio de Plata (Silver  85 to 94 percentile)

Spanish I: Casey Cooper, Nikki Pathapati, Guillermo Harris, Elias Forrey, Maysoon Tirhi

Spanish II: Hailey Holck, Diego Quintero

Spanish III: Wesley Kirlin, Aristeo Canales, Daniela Talamantes-Martinez

Spanish IV: Emily Ye, Christopher Zhu, Augie Clements

Premio de Bronce (Bronze 75 to 84 percentile)

Spanish I: Josh Brown, Nikola Hew, Daniel Terenyi, Morgan Mark, Kendall Michaelis

Spanish II:  Sadie Cavazos, Eli Skop, Aidan Rodriguez, Zoe Wallis

Spanish III: Kaval Aurora, Nina Freeman, Keve Bordás, Elise Koepp, Mason Valicek

Spanish IV: Yugena Gunawardena, Joseph Lopez

Mención Honorífica (Honorable Mention)

Spanish I: Isela Martin, Arianna Pachecano, Sydney Hileman, Wyatt Seal, Naman Patel

Spanish II: Madelyne Wilson, Daniel Tan, Luke DeMario, Meghan Maloney, Lily Fisher, Sky Blanchard

Spanish III: Aj Shah,  David Howk, Zainab Agha, JohnAidan Uribe-Kozlovsky, Stephen Duffy, Zoe Barocas, Paras Patel

Spanish IV: Carrington Kirstein, Emily Andrews, Mohan Iyengar, Dave Gravely

Spanish V: Yianni Nikolaou

Astronomy Club-April 2015

Nine members of the Keystone Astronomy Club successfully launched a High-Altitude Balloon (HAB) with incredible results!  Spearheaded by founder and President Hagan Hensley, the club released a large latex balloon filled with approximately 60 cubic feet of helium, along with a small payload (containing a still camera, video camera, GPS, altimeter, transmitter, etc.), two fins for stability in the wind, and a parachute.  The HAB was released from a hilltop on the far north side of San Antonio in Bulverde, Texas and was expected to float northeast within the jet stream for several hours before popping and landing somewhere near College Station, Texas a few hours later.  But the balloon mission far exceeded all expectations.

After losing the signal for several hours, the group learned that the balloon had landed in a very tall magnolia tree in western Louisiana! 

Ultimately, Keystone Astronomy Club's High-Altitude Balloon travelled 325 miles from the launch site (more than double the predicted distance!) after about 5.5 hours aloft, with top horizontal speed in the jet stream in excess of 145 miles per hour!  As it was falling, it may have actually reached speeds as high as 160 mph before the parachute did its duty!  The evidence also seems to show that the HAB actually floated above the jet stream to an altitude of up to 85,000 ft., which is well above the troposphere into the stratosphere.  That is about twice as high as all commercial airliners typically fly.  The club hypothesizes that the fins, which were added to keep the payload stable and prevent spinning in flight, actually acted like sails to “catch the wind” and propel the HAB faster and farther than anticipated.  The strong storm front that had passed through the area the night before and the strong jet stream currents that day may have also contributed to the great success of the HAB mission as well.

Kudos to the group, their parents, and their sponsor, Donald Howk!

State Golf

Congratulations to Shahbaz Hashmi! Not only is he the district golf champion, he tied for 7th place at the TAPPS 3A state tournament this past weekend. There were about 45 golfers participating in the state tournament. Shahbaz shot a 74 the first day, and an 85 the second day.

Model UN

Keystone’s high school Model UN and WorldQuest teams enjoyed a lunchtime presentation by U.S. Foreign Service Officer Bridget Gerston. Dr Gerston spoke on her life in the diplomatic service, including her adventures and travels, which included Russia, Tunisia, and Afghanistan. She also spoke about internships at the State Department for high school/college students and potential careers after school.  After her presentation, she held a Q&A.  Model UN sponsor, Dr Caraway, was especially pleased to welcome a fellow alum of the Fulbright program and amateur of Italy and the Italian language.  After the presentation, Mr Spedding and several students continued the conversation over lunch at La Fonda.

GEAR Robotics-April 2015

Please congratulate the following students who competed in this year’s GEAR Robotics Competition at UTSA.    One hundred teams participated in this competition.  Our sixth grade team won 1st place in the middle school (6th-8th) division and our fifth grade team won 2nd place in the elementary (3rd-5th) division.

2nd Place Elementary Divison-Keybots


Elle Boehme-Leal-5th Grade

Gabe Lynch-5th Grade

Kyan Jones-5th Grade

Shreya Chaudhary-5th Grade

Sophie Skop-5th Grade


1st Place Middle School Division-Robocobras


Allison Wivagg-6th Grade

Ciara Hollis-6th Grade

Corinthian Ewesuedo-6th Grade

Gaby Aguilar-6th Grade

Jackie Rosenkranz-6th Grade

AMC 8 Results

Thousands of students across the United States participated in this contest back in late November.  Here are the winners: Om Joshi—1st place and top 1% in the nation award, Josh Brown—2nd place and top 5% in the nation award, Nikhita Pathapati—3rd place, Rohan Shayi—4th place, Evan Berkowitch and Patrick Conroy—5th place tie, Julia Mansfield and Madison Metzger—6th place tie.  All of these students were in the top 25% in the nation. 

Keystone School received two awards.  One was for our top 3 students’ team total being in the top 5% in the nation, and other was for two of our students scoring in at least the top 5%. 

Please congratulate these outstanding Keystone Cobras!

Scholastic Writing Awards

Please congratulate the students listed below for their recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition.  This competition is the “nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 – 12.” This year, over 300,000 entries of art and writing were first submitted at the regional level.  Students awarded a Gold Key at that level were then entered into the national competition and judged by an impressive panel of judges.  In past years, jurors for the writing contest have included such recognized writers as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, William Saroyan, Frank McCourt, George Plimpton, and Billy Collins.  Entries are judged on three criteria: (1)Originality; (2)Technique, and (3)Emergence of a Personal Voice. This year, approximately 2,000 national entries were awarded.

This year, Katie Mansfield was not only awarded a Gold Key at the regional level but also at the national level, an incredible achievement. Along with other National Gold Key winners, Katie will be recognized in a national celebration and ceremony in New York City in June.  Notable past winners of the Gold Key include Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Maynard, Joyce Carol Oates, and Sylvia Plath.

In addition, we have other talented young writers who received recognition at the regional level.  Included below are all of the winners and submission information:


2015 Quiz Bowl

The quiz bowl team won 2nd place in the TX Quiz Bowl Alliance Central /South Texas regional Fiesta Tournament.  They were undefeated all day until losing in a very close finals game to Reagan's A team, the only other undefeated team. 

Hana Kapasi, a senior, was away at Model UN, and the team tapped freshman Adithya Mummidi to sub for her. This was Adithya's first quiz bowl experience. Congratulations to all!

Poetry Out Loud

Sam Terry represented Keystone at the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud recitation competition in Austin and WON.  After performing Hopkins' "The Windhover" and Mueller's "Monet Refuses the Operation," Sam was asked to perform a third poem, Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning."  All poems were recited from memory.  Impressive in both content and performance, Sam's recitations showcased his outstanding comprehension and dramatic range. Sam will go on to represent Texas at the national finals in Washington, D.C. at the end of April.

4th Grade Robotics

The 4th Grade Cobratics Robotics team participated in a First Lego League robotics qualifier along with 28 other teams, all competing for a chance to go on to the regional competition. They won 2 awards: Strategy & Innovation Award, and Robot Performance Award. The Cobratics are 1 of the 12 teams from this qualifier who will be advancing to the Alamo FLL Regional Championship on March 14th at the HBG Convention Center.

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

Serena Agrawal

Alexander Buser

Ceci Hart

Hana Kapasi

National Merit Commended Students

Llewellyn Fambles

Zachary Green

Trisha Mulamreddy

Camille Powers

Joseph Ratliff

Christina Rios

Shreya Tripathy

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

Llewellyn Fambles 

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

Christina Rios

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.

Sr. Division:

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

Jr. Division:

1st  Grand Prize – Academy III  Nakhita Patapathi


Please congratulate Adithya Mummidi and Jared Zhao for placing at the O’Connor High School UIL Academic Meet.  They competed in number sense (mental math), high school mathematics (algebra through calculus), and high school science (biology, chemistry, and physics).  Students (9th through 12th grade) all take the same tests, and they compete by grade level.   In the 9th grade division, Adithya was 1st in number sense, 1st in mathematics, and 1st in science.  Jared was also in the 9th grade division, and he placed 3rd in number sense, 3rd in mathematics, and 4th in science.