Category: Academics

Announcing First Semester Honor Roll

Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students whose academic effort has earned them distinct placement on first semester honor roll. The honor roll serves to recognize students who have achieved noteworthy grades and effort in their course work. The honor roll is determined each semester based on the grades earned in that semester. Truly an achievement to be proud of!


This list is organized by grade and then alphabetically.


First Name Last Name Grade Recognition
Oliver Barcome-Laflamme 6 Maximum Honors
Danielle Kim 6 High Honors
Mateo Lopez 6 Maximum Honors
Brooklynn Moore 6 Maximum Honors
Mika Sellers 6 Maximum Honors
Seth Tramazzo 6 Maximum Honors
Gabrielle Benoit 7 Maximum Honors
Matthew Brown 7 High Honors
Moroni Hua 7 Maximum Honors
Koda Jacque 7 Honors
Samantha Keser 7 Maximum Honors
Ayden Legowski 7 Honors
Tineus McCluster 7 High Honors
Emily Parnicky 7 Maximum Honors
Adam Stetson 7 Maximum Honors
Sara Avery 8 Maximum Honors
Sophie Griffin 8 Honors
Julianna Mason 8 Maximum Honors
Zachary Mavlouganes 8 Honors
John Mayock 8 Honors
Logan Nacewicz 8 High Honors
Artem Nazarov 8 Maximum Honors
Vivian O’Connor 8 Honors
William Platt 8 High Honors
Ryan Priestly 8 Maximum Honors
Jillian Scott 8 High Honors
Gabriel Shumway 8 Maximum Honors
Nathan Stevenson 8 Maximum Honors
Alexis Stratton 8 High Honors
Reece Tramazzo 8 High Honors
Alexa Wiesel 8 High Honors
Edinam Ablordeppey 9 Maximum Honors
Elikem Ablordeppey 9 Honors
Michael Aboukasm 9 High Honors
Mariel Baez 9 Maximum Honors
Kexin Chen 9 Honors
Yuxin Duan 9 Honors
Nevaeh Grimes 9 Maximum Honors
Samantha Jacques 9 Maximum Honors
Zi Jian Jiang 9 Maximum Honors
Brianna Jones 9 Maximum Honors
Seiri Lee 9 Honors
Jiahui Liao 9 High Honors
Zhongxi Liu 9 Honors
Kaitao Luo 9 Maximum Honors
Sasha Middleton 9 Effort
Akana Nakamura 9 Maximum Honors
Madeline Niedbala 9 Honors
Olivia Niedbala 9 Honors
Emmi Nunes 9 Honors
Angelika Osowiecki 9 Maximum Honors
Ashlie Peña 9 Maximum Honors
Piper Polga 9 Maximum Honors
Kiara Rogers 9 Maximum Honors
Polina Spirina 9 High Honors
Brian Squire 9 Maximum Honors
Zi Wang 9 High Honors
Minhao Xie 9 Honors
Chengling Xu 9 High Honors
Lal Yuksel 9 High Honors
Syeda Zahoor 9 High Honors
Zhiyu Zhu 9 Honors
Mohammed Abbasi 10 Maximum Honors
Dima Aboukasm 10 Maximum Honors
Khizre Ahmad 10 Honors
Junqi Cui 10 High Honors
Vy Dinh 10 High Honors
Lily Griffin 10 Maximum Honors
Kiet Hoang 10 Maximum Honors
Ly Hoang 10 Maximum Honors
Qi Hu 10 High Honors
Marie Hua 10 Maximum Honors
Ksenia Kondratyeva 10 Maximum Honors
Anh Le 10 Maximum Honors
Haisu Le 10 Effort
Jinqi Liu 10 High Honors
Jiahao Lu 10 Honors
Katazyna Ludkiewicz 10 Maximum Honors
Evan Manioudakis 10 Effort
Anh Nguyen 10 High Honors
Nam Nguyen 10 Honors
Tuscan Onuoha 10 Honors
Jillian Ouimet 10 Honors
Leslie Peña 10 Maximum Honors
Zachary Roulier 10 High Honors
Chenling Tang 10 High Honors
Maxim Tishchenko 10 Maximum Honors
Laurel Tramazzo 10 High Honors
Zhirui Xia 10 High Honors
Junmin Zhu 10 Maximum Honors
Zhexi Zhu 10 Honors
Wenxin Zou 10 Maximum Honors
Sofiia Akhmechet 11 Maximum Honors
Daiki Akita 11 Effort
Hoang Bui 11 High Honors
An Cao 11 Maximum Honors
Hanghe Cao 11 Honors
Marcus Cole 11 Maximum Honors
Cam Corliss 11 Maximum Honors
Derrick Cruz 11 Honors
Duc Dao 11 Maximum Honors
Dung Doan 11 Honors
Grace Drost 11 High Honors
Cem Erol 11 Honors
Ian Hua 11 Maximum Honors
Efim Ivanov 11 High Honors
Alison Jackson 11 Maximum Honors
Megan Jacques 11 Honors
Arina Kharakhashyan 11 Maximum Honors
Madeleine LaChance 11 Maximum Honors
Ha Le 11 High Honors
Son Le 11 Maximum Honors
Maya Levine 11 Maximum Honors
Peiyuan Lin 11 Maximum Honors
Yujia Liu 11 Honors
Martina Lopez 11 Honors
Ningxuan Lu 11 Honors
Huiqin Mao 11 High Honors
Reiya Matsuoka 11 Effort
Dale Messer 11 Maximum Honors
Gia Khanh Nguyen 11 Honors
Hiep Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Nhung Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Trung Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Quan Nguyen 11 High Honors
Athis Osathapan 11 Maximum Honors
John Parrish 11 High Honors
Cathrine Pedersen 11 Effort
Savannah Richard 11 Maximum Honors
Jordyn Shepard 11 High Honors
Phoebe Shelburne 11 Honors
Daniela Tishchenko 11 Maximum Honors
Ayse Beyza Tumturk 11 Maximum Honors
Mehmet Tuncer 11 High Honors
Si Jun Wang 11 Maximum Honors
Jonah Abrams 12 Honors
Turec Akalin 12 High Honors
Charles Avery 12 Honors
Aurora Basnet 12 Maximum Honors
John Lucas Bellingall 12 Maximum Honors
Georgianna Brown 12 Maximum Honors
Ryleigh Cauley 12 Honors
Asmaa Chaudhry 12 Maximum Honors
Yanru Chen 12 Maximum Honors
Julia Cloutier 12 Maximum Honors
Michael Cruz 12 Honors
Mikhail Galaktionov 12 Maximum Honors
Mustafa Gureltol 12 Maximum Honors
Yunxia Hallowell 12 Maximum Honors
Ziqi He 12 High Honors
Eugene Hong 12 High Honors
Xiaochu Hu 12 Maximum Honors
Hazim Jaber 12 High Honors
Craig Judicki 12 Maximum Honors
Gabriella Keser 12 Maximum Honors
Jessie Kong 12 Maximum Honors
Chloe LaDuke 12 Maximum Honors
Kirill Lazarev 12 Maximum Honors
Huong Le 12 Maximum Honors
May Le 12 Maximum Honors
Alexis Legowski 12 Maximum Honors
Manning Li 12 High Honors
Jiachen Lu 12 Honors
Anna Ludkiewicz 12 Maximum Honors
Ismael Massoud 12 High Honors
Oliver Mercier 12 Honors
Haley Moriarty 12 Maximum Honors
Avery Murphy 12 High Honors
Matthew Niemczura 12 Maximum Honors
Gia Nguyen 12 High Honors
Hoang Nguyen 12 High Honors
Nicolette Peterson 12 Maximum Honors
Morrigan Planter 12 Honors
Chenxi Pu 12 High Honors
Olivia Ramirez 12 Maximum Honors
Jacob Roulier 12 High Honors
Cynthia Saygan 12 High Honors
Sarah Scott 12 Maximum Honors
Emir Sengun 12 High Honors
Arhum Shaikh 12 Maximum Honors
Sophia Sharp 12 Maximum Honors
Danila Shestakov 12 Honors
Mengqi Sun 12 Maximum Honors
Pelin Top 12 Honors
Zhenhao Wang 12 Honors
Zixun Wang 12 Maximum Honors
Talia Wiesel 12 Maximum Honors
Mengxi Wu 12 Maximum Honors
Yinan Xiao 12 Honors
Hanbei Xiong 12 Maximum Honors
Shiyu Zhao 12 Maximum Honors


It’s Lee High vs. MacDuffie School on WGBY

Area teens face off Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. on local quiz show co-produced by the local public television and Westfield State University.


WESTFIELD, MASS. — Local high school teams will match wits next weekend in a quiz show competition broadcast on public television.

The two teams, Lee High School and MacDuffie School, will spar on As Schools Match Wits, airing on WGBY public television Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. (rebroadcast Sunday, Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m. and available for subsequent online streaming at

As Schools Match Wits (ASMW) pits teams of western New England high schoolers against each other in a fun, but competitive game of academic performance. The competition is open to both public and private high schools throughout western New England.

Each season, up to 50 schools go head-to-head in qualifying matches to see which team can earn the greatest number of points. The eight highest-scoring teams of the season then compete in playoff matches to determine the season’s champion, which is then awarded the coveted Collamore Cup, named for the show’s creator.

Quiz shows like ASMW represent an original type of “reality television.” Everyday people play a game testing their everyday knowledge — and viewers love to play along. As Schools Match Wits adds a unique characteristic: local teen contestants from area high schools.

If you ask ASMW host Beth Ward, the value of the show is multifaceted.

“Year after year, these teens never fail to impress me,” Ward says. “We’ve had some dramatic competitions and tough questions. I hear from viewers all the time who remember one school or another. As Schools Match Wits is a local treasure. I’m honored to be starting up a new season.”

ASMW is a collaborative production of WGBY and Westfield State University (WSU). Produced using Westfield State University facilities, students in the Department of Communications serve as the production crew. WGBY supplies the professional producer, broadcast, marketing, and technical support.

Broadcast weekly during the school year on WGBY, questions for As Schools Match Wits are written by longtime ASMWwriter and judge Dr. Todd Rovelli along with WSU faculty and students in accordance with Massachusetts and Connecticut state high school curriculum guidelines. WSU’s Mark St. Jean of the Department of Communication and WGBY’s Tony Dunne serve as executive producers.

For Dunne, the start of the 58th season feels like homecoming.

“After 12 years of co-production with Westfield State University, every fall feels like putting on a comfortable pair of jeans,” Dunne quips. “We’ve built a great team behind the scenes who have been working together for years and are all highly professional and dedicated.”

Dunne and his WSU colleagues have “fired up the ASMW machine” and have already begun prepping new questions, lining up teams from area schools, and setting up the tournament schedule.

Sixteen MacDuffie Computer Science Students Participate in Bebras Challenge

Sixteen MacDuffie computer science students participated in the international Bebras Computing Challenge during November 2018. Trung Nguyen scored first place. Dung (Ryan) Doan took second, and Zixun (Bell) Wang captured third while Ningxuan (Cassidy) Lu and Gia (Cindy) Nguyen rounded out the top five scorers.

The Bebras Computing Challenge is organized in 30 countries around the world and introduces computational thinking to students. Each participant gets 45 minutes to answer 15 multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking. Congratulations to our top scorers!




Middle School Leadership Conference


The MacDuffie School middle school took part in an outstanding Middle School Leadership Conference at Southern New Hampshire Tuesday.  The MacDuffie School was one of 50 teams in attendance with 210 students at the event total. Keynote speaker and country music singer and songwriter Jessie Chris shared her experience with bullying, read a children’s book she authored and sang four songs to the crowd. The MacDuffie School enjoyed a variety of teambuilding exercises and goal setting activities. A great day had by all!


Announcing 2017-2018 Honor Roll

Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students whose sustained academic effort has earned distinct placement on year-end honor roll. The honor roll serves to recognize students who have achieved noteworthy grades and effort in their course work. The honor roll is determined each semester based on the grades earned in that semester. Year-end honor roll is awarded to those students who made honor roll in both the first and second semesters. Truly an achievement to be proud of!

This list is organized by grade and then alphabetically. 

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
Sara Avery 7 Maximum Honors
Sophie Griffin 7 Honors
Julianna Mason 7 High Honors
Zachary Mavlouganes 7 Honors
Artem Nazarov 7 Maximum Honors
William Platt 7 High Honors
Ryan Priestly 7 High Honors
Gabriel Shumway 7 Maximum Honors
Alexis Stratton 7 High Honors
Michael Aboukasm 8 High Honors
Liam Brown 8 High 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 High Honors
Kiara Rogers 8 High Honors
Brian Squire 8 Honors
Sophie Stetson 8 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 Honors
Jinqi Liu 9 Honors
Katarzyna Ludkiewicz 9 Maximum Honors
Jaidan Luis 9 Honors
Evan Manioudakis 9 Honors
Nam Nguyen 9 Honors
Jillian Ouimet 9 High Honors
Leslie Pena 9 Maximum Honors
Zachary Roulier 9 High Honors
Chenling Tang 9 High Honors
Maxim Tishchenko 9 Maximum Honors
Laurel Tramazzo 9 High Honors
Zhirui Xia 9 Honors
Junmin Zhu 9 Maximum Honors
Wenxin Zou 9 Maximum Honors
Sofiia Akhmechet 10 High Honors
An Cao 10 Maximum Honors
Duc Dao 10 Maximum Honors
Chloe DeAngelis 10 High Honors
Grace Drost 10 High Honors
Hongde Han 10 Honors
Ian Hua 10 Maximum Honors
Alison Jackson 10 Maximum Honors
Megan Jacques 10 High Honors
Arina Kharakhashyan 10 High Honors
Madeleine LaChance 10 Maximum Honors
Maya Levine 10 Maximum Honors
Peiyuan Lin 10 High Honors
Pengcheng Lu 10 Honors
Huiqin Mao 10 High Honors
Dale Messer 10 High Honors
Nhung Nguyen 10 Maximum Honors
Kwan Poon 10 Honors
Savannah Richard 10 High Honors
Jordyn Shepard 10 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 Honors
Mikhail Galaktionov 11 High Honors
Mustafa Gureltol 11 Honors
Yunxia Hallowell 11 Maximum Honors
Ziqi He 11 Honors
Eugene Hong 11 Honors
Hazim Jaber 11 High Honors
Craig Judicki 11 Honors
Gabriella Keser 11 Maximum Honors
Chloe LaDuke 11 High 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 Honors
Yu Lu 11 High Honors
Anna Ludkiewicz 11 Maximum Honors
Ava Marion 11 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
Pelin Top 11 Effort
Zhenhao Wang 11 Honors
Zixun Wang 11 High Honors
Talia Wiesel 11 Maximum Honors
Mengxi Wu 11 Honors
Yinan Xiao 11 Effort
Shiyu Zhao 11 Honors
Owen Albanese 12 High Honors
Isabel Alvarez 12 Honors
Narcizo Andrade 12 Honors
Emilee Auclair 12 Maximum Honors
Emre Ban 12 High Honors
Mason Baral 12 Honors
Alexander Burch 12 Honors
Nguyen Co 12 Honors
Ethan Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Kayla Deecher 12 Maximum Honors
Nathan Enders 12 Maximum Honors
Chufeng Fang 12 High Honors
Isabelle Gerboni Amaral Lopes 12 Honors
Yicheng Hao 12 Maximum Honors
Seungyeon Hong 12 Maximum Honors
Tae Seol Hong 12 Honors
Sin Hee Hwang 12 Maximum Honors
Maren Jung 12 Maximum Honors
Chenxi Li 12 Maximum Honors
Hanyang Li 12 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
Mojolaoluwa Oke 12 Maximum Honors
Reagan Os 12 Honors
Vincent Pedersen 12 High Honors
Khanh Pham 12 Maximum Honors
Taylor Pluta 12 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