Category: Around The Circle

Western Massachusetts Mathematics League Champions

Let’s hear it for the Math Team, the 2016-2017 Western Massachusetts Mathematics League Champions!

MacDuffie’s mathletes came in first place in their final meet and finished in first place for the season (Longmeadow was second and Deerfield was third). This was a rewarding season indeed–as Mr. Shelburne, faculty advisor for the Math Team, notes: “We have finished in second place the last two years, behind Deerfield.”

The team will compete at the State meet on March 31.  Congratulations on all the hard work and success so far!

Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College

Each January, our Latin students head to Mount Holyoke College for Classics Day. We had an excellent showing once again this year, with a number of students winning for artwork, oration, and Certamen competitions (sort of like Classics Jeopardy!):

Art Contest, 3rd prize in the poster category, “Roman Timekeeping”: Ethan Shelburne ’17
Art Contest, 2nd prize in the poster category, “Roman Women: Ideals and Realities”: Dolly Cupak ’17
Art Contest: 2nd prize in the model category, “Palace of King Herod”: Emmi Nunes ’22

Oral Recitation, Advanced Level, Poetry, 2nd prize: Yangshuyan Eve Rui ’17

Certamen team, Latin I, 3rd place: Ian Hua ’20, Jinglin Gene Qu ’18, Chloe DeAngelis ’20, Maddie LaChance ’20
Certamen, team Myth, 2nd place: Piper Polga ’22, Kyah Brown ’20, Lily Griffin ’21, Marie Hua ’22

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to Classics teacher Mr. Taravella for the training and to all who participated!

 

Students Chosen for UMass Science Program

The University of Massachusetts MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) has partnered with MacDuffie to provide four students with a research opportunity in STEM.

Through ASPIRE (A Student-led Program in Research and Education), the Center’s graduate students (with faculty supervision) mentor high school students in a laboratory experience at UMass Amherst. As part of the 5-week program on Saturday mornings, students perform hands-on polymer laboratory experiments in synthesis, molecular modeling, 3D printing, and mechanical testing. Students also complete an independent project.

Vincent Pedersen ’18, Carrie Lu ’19, Anubhav Khanna ’18, and Jola Oke ’18 were selected after a rigorous application process. Candidates were chosen based on their application, academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and a teacher letter of recommendation.

“This external experience is beneficial in many ways,” said chemistry teacher Kristen Styspeck, who helped coordinate the application process. “It will give the students a real-world, hands-on research experience, allow them to make interpersonal connections at the University, and set them apart from others as they approach the college application process. It’s great to have a resource like the University of Massachusetts with which to partner.”

Congratulations to the participants, and thank you to all who applied. This is quite an honor!

 

Three Athletics Banners Unveiled

Any season for which we can hang an Athletics banner is a good season. A season for which we can hang three? Simply outstanding.

We recently unveiled celebratory banners for three of our Fall 2016 teams: Boys’ Cross Country, for winning the first Cross Country CISAC Championship in MacDuffie’s history; Girls’ Varsity Volleyball, for making it to the finals of the 2016 NEPSAC Class C Championships; and Girls’ Varsity Soccer, WWNEPSSA regular season Champions (the team had a 46-game win streak spanning three seasons).

Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches for their successes. You’ve all made MacDuffie very proud. Go Mustangs!