Category: Academics

Students Participate in UMass ASPIRE

For the second consecutive year, several of our students were selected to participate in a STEM program at the University of Massachusetts MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center). May Minh Quynh Le ’19, Ziqi He ‘19, and Jonah Abrams ’19 were chosen to take part.

ASPIRE (A Student-led Program in Research and Education) is a research opportunity in which UMass graduate students, with faculty supervision, mentor high school students in a laboratory setting. As part of the 5-week Saturday morning program, students performed hands-on polymer laboratory experiments in synthesis, molecular modeling, 3D printing, and mechanical testing. Students also completed an independent project.

Chemistry teacher Mrs. Styspeck coordinated the application process. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to participate in inquiry based labs in a well-equipped, state-of-the-art facility. I believe the program is a tremendous opportunity to build their science skills and provides visibility of what graduate research looks like,” she said. “As a result, graduate research then becomes an attainable goal. By the end of the program, I saw an increase in their confidence, their lab technical skills, and an interest in the pursuit of studying science in college.”

Congratulations to our “aspiring” scientists on this much-deserved honor!

Honor Roll–First Semester 2017-18

Congratulations to the students who made the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2017-18 year..more than half way to the end! Our list is sorted by grade and then alphabetically. Be proud, students (and parents!)–we certainly are.

First Name Last Name Grade  Recognition
Matthew Brown 6 High Honors
Moroni Hua 6 Maximum Honors
Koda Jacque 6 High Honors
Emily Parnicky 6 Honors
Adam Stetson 6 Maximum Honors
Nolan Styspeck 6 Honors
Sara Avery 7 Maximum Honors
Sophie Griffin 7 Honors
Julianna Mason 7 High Honors
Zachary Mavlouganes 7 Honors
John Mayock 7 Maximum Honors
Artem Nazarov 7 Maximum Honors
William Platt 7 High Honors
Ryan Priestly 7 Maximum Honors
Gabriel Shumway 7 Maximum Honors
Alexis Stratton 7 Maximum Honors
Michael Aboukasm 8 Maximum Honors
Liam Brown 8 Maximum Honors
Malcolm Brown 8 Maximum Honors
Hannah Donnelly 8 Maximum Honors
Samantha Jacques 8 Maximum Honors
Zi Jian Jiang 8 Maximum Honors
Akana Nakamura 8 Effort
Emmi Nunes 8 Honors
Piper Polga 8 Maximum Honors
Kiara Rogers 8 High Honors
Brian Squire 8 High Honors
Sophie Stetson 8 High Honors
Mohammed Abbasi 9 Maximum Honors
Dima Aboukasm 9 Maximum Honors
Lily Griffin 9 Maximum Honors
Qi Hu 9 Maximum Honors
Marie Hua 9 Maximum Honors
Jun Hyun Kim 9 High Honors
Haisu Li 9 Honors
Jinqi Liu 9 High Honors
Katarzyna Ludkiewicz 9 Maximum Honors
Jaidan Luis 9 Honors
Evan Manioudakis 9 Honors
Sophia Mason 9 Effort
Nam Nguyen 9 Honors
Jillian Ouimet 9 High Honors
Leslie Peña 9 Maximum Honors
Zachary Roulier 9 Maximum Honors
Chenling Tang 9 Maximum Honors
Maxim Tishchenko 9 Maximum Honors
Laurel Tramazzo 9 Maximum Honors
Charles Walker-Hoover 9 Honors
Zhirui Xia 9 Honors
Sudenaz Yilmaz 9 Maximum Honors
Junmin Zhu 9 Maximum Honors
Wenxin Zou 9 Maximum Honors
Sofiia Akhmechet 10 Maximum Honors
An Cao 10 Maximum Honors
Duc Dao 10 Maximum Honors
Chloe DeAngelis 10 High Honors
Grace Drost 10 High Honors
Hongde Han 10 High Honors
Haoran Hu 10 Honors
Ian Hua 10 Maximum Honors
Alison Jackson 10 Maximum Honors
Megan Jacques 10 Maximum Honors
Franck Kepnang Ndjong 10 High Honors
Arina Kharakhashyan 10 High Honors
Madeleine LaChance 10 Maximum Honors
Maya Levine 10 Maximum Honors
Peiyuan Lin 10 Maximum Honors
Martina Lopez 10 High Honors
Pengcheng Lu 10 Honors
Huiqin Mao 10 High Honors
Dale Messer 10 High Honors
Nhung Nguyen 10 Maximum Honors
Edgar Padilla 10 Honors
Kwan Poon 10 High Honors
Savannah Richard 10 Maximum Honors
Jordyn Shepard 10 Honors
Hannah Sudsbury 10 Maximum Honors
Daniela Tishchenko 10 Maximum Honors
Ayse Beyza Tumturk 10 Maximum Honors
Mehmet Tuncer 10 Honors
Si Jun Wang 10 Maximum Honors
Jonah Abrams 11 Honors
Turec Akalin 11 High Honors
Charles Avery 11 Honors
Aurora Basnet 11 Maximum Honors
John Lucas Bellingall 11 High Honors
Georgianna Brown 11 Maximum Honors
Ryleigh Cauley 11 Honors
Asmaa Chaudhry 11 Maximum Honors
Yanru Chen 11 Maximum Honors
Julia Cloutier 11 High Honors
Mikhail Galaktionov 11 High Honors
Mustafa Gureltol 11 Honors
Yunxia Hallowell 11 Maximum Honors
Ziqi He 11 High Honors
Eugene Hong 11 High Honors
Hazim Jaber 11 High Honors
Craig Judicki 11 High Honors
Gabriella Keser 11 Maximum Honors
GyuLee Kim 11 Honors
Chloe LaDuke 11 Maximum Honors
Kirill Lazarev 11 Maximum Honors
May Le 11 Maximum Honors
Quynh Huong Le 11 Maximum Honors
Alexis Legowski 11 Honors
Manning Li 11 High Honors
Jiachen Lu 11 High Honors
Yu Lu 11 Maximum Honors
Anna Ludkiewicz 11 Maximum Honors
Ava Marion 11 Honors
Ismael Massoud 11 Maximum Honors
Haley Moriarty 11 Maximum Honors
Gia Nguyen 11 High Honors
Chenxi Pu 11 Honors
Olivia Ramirez 11 Maximum Honors
Sarah Scott 11 Maximum Honors
Arhum Shaikh 11 High Honors
Sophia Sharp 11 Maximum Honors
Mengqi Sun 11 Maximum Honors
Cheuk Hin Adrian Tam 11 Maximum Honors
Pelin Top 11 Effort
Zhenhao Wang 11 Honors
Zixun Wang 11 Maximum Honors
Talia Wiesel 11 Maximum Honors
Mengxi Wu 11 Honors
Yinan Xiao 11 Honors
Shiyu Zhao 11 Honors
Owen Albanese 12 High Honors
Isabel Alvarez 12 Honors
Aniis Anderson 12 Effort
Narcizo Andrade 12 Honors
Emilee Auclair 12 Maximum Honors
Emre Ban 12 High Honors
Mason Baral 12 Honors
Anastasiia Buiadzhy 12 Maximum Honors
Alexander Burch 12 High Honors
Alexander Christie 12 Honors
Nguyen Co 12 High Honors
Ethan Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Kayla Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Nathan Enders 12 Maximum Honors
Chufeng Fang 12 Maximum Honors
Isabelle Gerboni Amaral Lopes 12 Honors
Yicheng Hao 12 Maximum Honors
Seungyeon Hong 12 Maximum Honors
Tae Seol Hong 12 High Honors
Sin Hee Hwang 12 Maximum Honors
Maren Jung 12 Maximum Honors
Chenxi Li 12 Maximum Honors
Hanyang Li 12 Maximum Honors
Xiner Liu 12 Maximum Honors
Yuanjin Lyu 12 Maximum Honors
Khaylen Mahdi 12 High Honors
Varona Maysonet-Ayala 12 Maximum Honors
Son Bao An Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Matthew Niemczura 12 Honors
Songtsen Norbu 12 Honors
Mojolaoluwa Oke 12 Maximum Honors
Reagan Os 12 Honors
Vincent Pedersen 12 High Honors
Khanh Pham 12 Maximum Honors
Taylor Pluta 12 High Honors
Tianxiang Qiu 12 High Honors
Jinglin Qu 12 High Honors
Jaeyong Shim 12 Honors
Jordan Skibel 12 High Honors
Sarah Soares 12 Maximum Honors
Jocelyn St Onge 12 High Honors
Ashley Stebbins 12 Maximum Honors
Samuel Szczur 12 Maximum Honors
Dogukan Tumturk 12 Maximum Honors
Nam Vo 12 Maximum Honors
Ziyang Wang 12 High Honors
Yiran Wei 12 High Honors
Tianyue Xiao 12 High Honors
Zixiao Xu 12 Honors
Beyza Yilmaz 12 Honors
Siyu Yin 12 Honors
Caitlyn Zaranek 12 Honors
Suchen Zhu 12 Maximum Honors

Classics Day 2018

Earlier this month, our Latin students took part in the annual Classics Day held at Mount Holyoke College. The event brings together students from numerous area schools, both public and independent, for a day of learning about and celebrating the history, culture, and legacy of ancient Greece and Rome. Classics Day consists of a number of competitive events, and MacDuffie had quite a bit of success.

Upper school Latin students competed in the art contest. The following students were winners in the poster category:

Third Place: Aurora Basnet ’19, Georgie Brown ’19, and Sarah Scott ’19 (Latin III), “The Roman Countryside: Ideals and Realities”

Second Place: Maddy LaChance ’20 (Latin II): “Tiberius Gracchus: Hero or Villain?”

Upper school Latin students who earned the highest scores on their semester exams competed in Certamen, a quiz bowl that tests knowledge on various aspects of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and classical history & culture.

The Latin I team, consisting of Hannah Donnelly ’22, Marie Hua ’21, Pei Lin ’20, and Angel Mao ’20, finished third at the Beginner level.

The Latin II team, consisting of Ian Hua ’20, Maddy LaChance ’20, Gene Qu ’18, and Nam Vo ’18, finished first at the Intermediate level. They defeated Amherst Regional and Williston in the finals round to bring the first-ever Certamen championship to MacDuffie!

Finally, one of the Mythology teams, consisting of Sara Avery ’23, Mo Hua ’24, Ryan Priestly ’23, and Reece Tramazzo ’23, finished first in their competition.

Congratulations to these excellent students on a superlative performance, and thanks to Magister Taravella for preparing them so well!

 

Academic Convocation 2017

Each fall, we honor the academic achievements of our students from the previous school year. Congratulations to the following students on their awards (photos below the list of names):

The Timothy Bray Award: Samantha Jacques ’22

The MacDuffie Faculty Award: Mojolaoluwa (Jola) Oke ’18

Le Grand Concurs, the National French Language Contest:
Level 1, Honorable Mention: Mengqi (Niki) Sun ’19
Level 1, Bronze Medal: Ziqi (Sherry) He ’19
Level 2, Honorable Mention: Haley Moriarty ’19, Jessica Pham ’18, Talia Wiesel ’19, Billy Xu ’18
Level 2, Bronze Medal: Ania Ludkiewicz ’19
Level 2, Silver Medal: Martina Lopez ’20
Level 3, Bronze Medal: Nicolette Peterson ’19
Level 3, Silver Medal: Nate Enders ’18, Yun Hallowell ’19
Level 4, Bronze Medal: Sarah Soares ’18, Suchen (Dollar) Zhu ’18
Level 4, Gold Medal: Son Bao An (An) Nguyen ’18

National Latin Examination

Latin I, Magna Cum Laude: Dale Messer ’20, Nam Vo ’18
Latin I, Summa Cum Laude and a Gold Medal: Kyah Brown ’20, Ian Hua ’20, Maddie LaChance ’20
Latin II, Magna Cum Laude: Chenxi (Checie) Li ’18
Latin II, Maxima Cum Laude and a Silver Medal: Aurora Basnet ’19
Latin II, Summa Cum Laude and a Gold Medal: Sarah Scott ’19

The Amy Hughes/Holly Fisher Faculty Staff Scholarship: Yu (Carrie) Lu ’19

Keating Memorial Entrance Scholarship: Leslie Pena ’21

Class of 2019 Book Prizes

Athletics: Ryleigh Cauley, Oliver Mercier,
English: Yun Hallowell, Talia Wiesel
ELL: Menngqi (Niki) Sun
French: Haley Moriarty
History: Haley Moriarty
Latin: Aurora Basnet, Sarah Scott
Mathematics: Mengqi (Niki) Sun
Performing Arts: Craig Judicki
Science: Nicolette Peterson
Spanish: Arhum Shaikh
Visual Arts: Sarah Scott, Nicolette Peterson

The Holy Cross Book Award: Nam Hoang Vo ’18

The Smith Book Award: Varona Maysonet-Ayala

The Harvard Book Award: Sarah Soares ’18

The Mount Holyoke College Book Award: Maren (Mimi) Jung ’18

The Dartmouth College Book Award: Suchen (Dollar) Zhu ’18

The University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Award: Nguyen An Long (Long) Chau ’18

The University of Rochester Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award: Nate Enders ’18

The University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award: Yicheng (Alex) Hao ’18

The University of Rochester Xerox Award: Jola Oke ’18

The Rensselaer Certificate: Yuanjin (Jane) Lyu

AP Scholars, Class of 2018
Long Chau, Chenxi “Checi” Li, and Sarah Soares

The Ames Hill Award: Tenzin Yonten ’18

The Head’s CIRCLE Awards (Class of 2018):

Community: Dollar Zhu
Integrity: Jola Oke
Respect: Nam Vo
Creativity: Varona Maysonet-Ayala
Leadership: Mimi Jung
Excellence: Sarah Soares

Cum Laude Recognition (Class of 2018)
Sarah Soares, Nam Vo, Dollar Zhu

HONOR ROLL 2016-17

Regular Honors (Classes of 2022 & 2023): Zachary (Zach) Mavlouganes, Emmi Nunes, Vivian O’Connor, Piper Polga, Sophie Stetson, Reece Tramazzo

High Honors (Classes of 2022 & 2023): Sophie Griffin, Kiara Rogers, Brian Squire

Maximum Honors (Classes of 2022 & 2023): Hannah Donnelly, Marie Hua, Samantha Jacques, Julianna Mason, Gabriel (Gabe) Shumway

Regular Honors (Class of 2021): Jaidan Luis, Victoria Vecchione

High Honors (Class of 2021): Jillian Ouimet

Maximum Honors (Class of 2021): Lily Griffin, Katarzyna (Kasia) Ludkiewicz, Zachary (Zack) Roulier

Upper School Effort Honors: Savannah Richards ’20, Jordan Skibel ’18

Regular Honors (Classes of 2018, 2019, & 2020):

Owen Albanese
Aniis Anderson
Georgianna (Georgie) Brown
Yu (Caffrey) Chen
Chloe DeAngelis
Jayden (Jay) Holder
Tae Seol (Kevin) Hong
Franck Kepnang Ndjong
Yujia (Kiki) Liu
Khaylen (Khay) Mahdi
Ava Marion
Dale Messer
Gia (Cindy) Nguyen
Hyunggwon (Paul) Oh
Vincent Pedersen
Chenxi (Ariel) Pu
Jacob (Jake) Roulier
Jaeyong (Leo) Shim
Ashley Stebbins
Shilin (Celine) Wang
Zhenhao (Oliver) Wang
Beyza Yilmaz
Siyu (Zandra) Yin
Shiyu (Cathy) Zhao

High Honors (Classes of 2018, 2019, & 2020):

Anastasiia Buiadzhy
Yanru (Melody) Chen
Julia Cloutier
Nguyen (Daniel) Co
Grace Drost
Chufeng (Michael) Fang
Mikhail Galaktionov
Yicheng (Alex) Hao
Craig Judicki
Anubhav (Anu) Khanna
Quynh Huong (Hailie) Le
Neville Lee
Peiyuan (Erice) Lin
Varona Maysonet-Ayala
Khanh (Jessica) Pham
Jinglin (Gene) Qu
Jocelyn St Onge
Arda Sengun
Jordyn (Jordy) Shepard
Hannah Sudsbury
Ayse (Beyza) Tumturk
Mehmet Tuncer
Si Jun (Nicolas) Wang
Ziyang (Alex) Wang
Tianyue (Catherine) Xiao
Tenzin Yonten

Maximum Honors (Classes of 2018, 2019, & 2020):

Emilee Auclair
Aurora (Aurora) Basnet
Long Nguyen An (Long) Chau
Asmaa Chaudhry
Ethan Deecher
Nathan (Nate) Enders
Alvaro Garcia
Yunxia (Yun) Hallowell
Ziqi (Sherry) He
Seungyeon (Jade) Hong
Ian Hua
Sin Hee (Amy) Hwang
Alison (Ali) Jackson
Megan Jacques
Maren (Mimi) Jung
Gabriella (Gabby) Keser
Madeleine (Maddy) LaChance
Chloe LaDuke
Maya Levine
Chenxi (Checie) Li
Hanyang (Hans) Li
Ziyu (Molly) Liu
Anna (Ania) Ludkiewicz
Yuanjin (Jane) Lyu
Haley Moriarty
Nhung (Rose) Nguyen
Mojolaoluwa (Jola) Oke
Nicolette Peterson
Taylor Pluta
Tianxiang (Gretl) Qiu
Phuong (Stella) Quach
Olivia Ramirez
Sarah Scott
Arhum Shaikh
Sophia Sharp
Sarah Soares
Mengqi (Niki) Sun
Daniela Tishchenko
Nam Vo
Yiran (Jackie) Wei
Talia (Talli) Wiesel
Mengxi (Collin) Wu
Zixiao (Billy) Xu
Suchen (Dollar) Zhu

Thanks to Jack Zheng ’18 for many of these photos!

 

Visit from State Rep. Goldstein-Rose

Each year, 7th Grade holds a Town Hall meeting during which they present proposed legislation. As part of the Town Hall last spring, Mrs. Gordon’s Civics class (now 8th graders, Class of 2022) wrote letters to Massachusetts State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who represents the 3rd Hampshire District, and submitted their legislation ideas.

In response to the letters, Rep. Goldstein-Rose paid Middle School a visit last week. “We need more young people to get involved in politics,” he said. He also illustrated another important point: “There is no entity called government. It’s a system made up of all of us.”

Students were engaged–and Rep. Goldstein-Rose was engaging. Head of Middle School Darcy Albanese said he “was very relatable to our students. He shared an important message with them: that they are not too young to have influence and impact on what is happening in Massachusetts and beyond.” Youth empowerment is a key element in Rep. Goldstein-Rose’s platform. Because one of the tenets of our Middle School is finding and using your voice, his talk was particularly resonant.

Head of School Steve Griffin spoke to the educational benefit of community partnership. “It’s great to see our teachers taking the initiative to partner with our community,” he said. “Having our students write letters to Mr. Goldstein-Rose, and having him respond by coming to speak to them in class, makes the study of civics more interesting and authentic to them.”