Student News

Arts Festival offers inspiration, encouragement, community

April 17, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

From Mr. Ciaravino:

Last weekend, twenty-one Keystone upper school students, and the entire Fine Arts faculty, gathered with 3,700 students and teachers from around the region at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin to participate in the 52nd annual ISAS Arts Festival.

According to the ISAS website, “participation in the Festival is intended to foster high standards and stimulate creativity in the performing and fine arts programs of the schools and in the individual endeavors of students and teachers.”

Our students attended workshops, plays, film screenings, rock shows and jazz concerts to name a few. They also performed and showed their visual art with courage and conviction.

Being an artist, especially a young artist, can feel very lonely at times. This unique festival allows students to see, in a very tangible way, that they are not alone or different, but rather that their voice matters, and that they belong to a tribe of like-minded, creative, and passionate people. Teachers are given a break from their daily routine and offered the breathing room to collaborate with others to ask the “What if” questions.

In this chaotic world, nothing offers peace and clarity quite like the arts.

Keystone students score well at engineering competition

April 12, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team
Keystone eighth-grader Londyn is on the left.

Three Keystone students garnered awards at the recent National Society of Black Engineers annual conference.

Dom, with his research project

Eighth-grader Londyn was a member of the team from different San Antonio schools that won first place in the Future City competition. In Future City, students use SimCity to design a virtual city of the future.

Dominic, a sophomore, won the Best Oral Presentation and the 3rd Place Grand Champion awards for his science research project which tested the effectiveness of Bdellovibrio Bacteriovorus, a predatory bacteria, in treating bacterial infections by gram-negative bacteria.

Londyn was also a member of a Mathcounts team that won fourth-place at the national competition.

In addition, a team in which Londyn was a member won a special recognition for a video, "Little Figures." Their video, which featured a story that included solving a math problem as a critical plot point, won a video competition last year. This year, a sequel earned a spot in the top 20 of videos submitted.

Jada, a junior, was a member of a team that placed third in Try-Math-A-Lon, a tutoring program that aims to help younger students succeed in STEM courses. Dom was a member of a Junior Try-Math-A-Lon team that advanced to the finals in that competition.

Congratulations to Londyn, Dom and Jada on their successes.

Fourth-grader serves State Senate

April 12, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team
Fourth-grader Mya with state Sen. José Menéndez

Fourth-grader Mya went to the state capital, but not as a tourist. Instead, she served as an honorary Senate Page under state Sen. José Menéndez.

According to the office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms, Mya assisted the Senate Messengers with various legislative tasks around the State Capitol.

Who knows -- in the coming years, she may have her own office in the Senate.

Sophomore qualifies for state golf tournament

April 11, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Congratulations to sophomore Ethan on his golfing success. At the TAPPS 3A District 2 golf tournament at the Comanche Trace golf course in Kerrville, he played a tough course and shot a 108, placed 11th and qualified for state.

The state tournament is scheduled for April 15-16 in Killeen.

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