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Student Accolades and Awards 2016-2017

Harikrishnan Sanil, Grade-9, competed in The National Geography Olympiad, International Geography Bee and the National History Bee Championships (national level) for the High School and Middle School students this past weekend in Washington-DC.


Hari, having qualified in state level earlier, represented the state of Michigan and did very well and has qualified to proceed to the international level. Hari will be one of the contestants representing the United States in the International Geography Bee World Meet to be held in Berlin, Germany. 
Congratulations to Jessica Hart who made the Michigan State University Elite Dance Team!
Congratulations to Mark on winning first place in the under 1100 and 2nd place in the under 1300 in table tennis at the championship in Saginaw, Michigan!!
After competing at the Michigan State Championship in Saginaw last Thur/Fri/Sat, we learned yesterday that our robotics team will be advancing to the World Championship in St. Louis next Tue (4/25) at 2:30p and returning to Troy on Sun, 4/30, at approximately 7pm.
Alex Miros (2012 graduate) just finished his first Boston Marathon in a time of 3:27:12. He had qualified at the Charlevoix Marathon last June with a 2:58:59!
This fallseveral students entered the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Three students  won several awards and were among the artists and writers in grades 7-12 who submitted approximately 10,000 entries to the 2017 competition. Claire Hao won two silver keys and Kelley Liu won three gold keys and one silver key and Kaitlyn Hao won a silver key.

I thought you might want to know a success story from 2 students I recommended for the Bank of America Student leader program. Both Quinn Favret and Hana Barre were 2 of the 5 students selected from Michigan! This program has a 2.5% acceptance rate (~9000 students apply nationally, ~ 220 selected. They will have an internship at Focus Hope Detroit (non-profit) for 7 weeks this summer. They also received an all-expense paid week trip to DC.

The combined Troy High and Athens High School choirs recently had the privilege of performing at the Detroit Music Hall, Center for the Performing Arts, on March 24, with world-renowned pianist, composer, singer, and entertainer, 15-year-old Ethan Bortnick.

“I was contacted by the parent of a former choir student…who shared with me that Ethan was looking for a local Choir to perform with him for his Detroit concert date,” said Director of Troy Choirs Adrienne Covian.  Ethan is a gifted musician who has been playing piano since he was 4 and travels all around the world sharing his music.  He believes strongly in the power of music and that with and through music anything is possible. Ethan has worked with some legendary performers like Elton John, Celine Dion, David Foster, and more.

“I presented the idea to my students, and they enthusiastically agreed,” continued Covian, “…and so we prepared several selections (‘We Are The World’ and ‘Lean On Me,’) that we felt were inspirational.”

 “It was a magical evening full of hope and music,” said Troy Concert Choir member Jillian Bucaro, ’17, “and performing on that stage is an experience I will never forget.”

The combined Troy and Athens Choirs consist of 3 ensembles, numbering 89 students.

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Hello Troy High,

Here is some great news!!! Coach Simon Bato’s  2016-17 varsity girls’ basketball team was recently named to the Team Academic All-State list!  Their 3.871 team GPA is third among Class A schools in Michigan (see the link below for the full list).  



Academic All State Link:

On behalf of the Oakland County and Oakland Schools, I am very pleased to inform you that your school’s Michigan Green Schools Program application has been accepted.   


A Review Panel has thoroughly examined and evaluated your application for adherence to PA 301 (2010) as well as to the Guidelines set forth by the Southeast Michigan Green Schools collaborative group which consists of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County coordinators. 


After a thorough review and evaluation, your school has earned the designation of  EMERALD  for the 2016-17 program year


The extra hours and effort you have made to participate in this important endeavor is appreciated. We wish to congratulate and recognize your school for its outstanding leadership in environmental stewardship efforts and for spearheading activities which involve the students, staff, parents, volunteers and community. 

Our robotics club competed in Woodhaven this past weekend and ranked 3rd among the 40 teams competing. Our team also was awarded the highest honor with the District Chairman's Award which qualifies our team to compete at the Michigan State Championship in April (4/12 through 4/15 at Saginaw Valley State University). The Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award as it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, ). It is presented to the team judged to have the most significant impact of its partnerships among its participants and community over a sustained period. 


Ahead of the Michigan State Championship, we are hosting our Troy District Robotics Competition at Athens HS this Friday, 3/31, and Saturday, 4/1. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to come and cheer us on.


Please include the above in announcement to students and encourage them to see us compete at AHS this Fri/Sat.


Below are additional information on our Chairman's Award you may find amazing:

2017 Michigan China Quiz Ball

Division I

1st Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)

Jae Woo Kim

Seongjin Park

Shania Yap


Division III

1st Place Winners:   (coach:  Meiyu Chang)

Joong Hyun Lee

Nathan Drasovean

Brian Oh


3rd Place Winners:   (coach:  Meiyu Chang)

Aadharsh Acharya, 

Yong Jin Nam

Shruthi Sunikumar

Nathan Worrel


Division IV

1st Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)

Neelesh Bollu

Sebin Choi

Yonghan Park

Sang Yoon Moon


2nd Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)

Yejin Kim

Vaibhav Srinivasan

Megan Worrel


3rd Place Winners:   (coach:  Sue Lin)

Raagini Chandra

Jaehee Lee

Rashika Rao


2017 Michigan China Quiz Ball Art Contest

Poster Winners

1st Place Winner:   (coach:  Sue Lin)

Rima Shkoukani

2nd Place Winner:   (coach:  Sue Lin)

Katherine Fraus


T-Shirt Winners

1st Place Winner:  

Yinghua Li

2nd Place Winner:   (coach:  Meiyu Chang)

Semi Park


3-D Design Winners

2nd Place Winner:  (coach:  Song Song)

Jieun Lee

3rd Place Winner:   (coach:  Sue Lin)

One of your students, Jenny Zhi, was selected as a 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Recipient in your region!   She was selected out of a record number of applications (3500+ nationally) and stood out among her peers as a young women with technical skills and/or potential. This is a huge honor and I hope you are as proud and as inspired as we are!

Biology Competitions Club has had a lot of success lately having had students win three competitions in just the last couple of weeks. Richard Yang won the top honor "grand award winner" at the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit and Freddie Zhao, Spencer Liu, and Chittesh Thavamani won 2nd place as a team award. Richard will now represent Michigan and compete at Intel's Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. Richard Yang also won the 1st place award at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium for his science research and Ashta Dalal took home 4th place. Richard will be traveling to San Diego in April to compete at the national level of this competition, while Ashta will be going as well to display her research poster. Thirteen students in Biology Competitions Club and/or AP Biology scored in the top 10% in the USA Biology Olympiad amongst the ~10,000 students who take this exam annually. Those students include: Dhanush Bathala, Sahil Dogra, Kathleen Gu, Claire Hao, Joonghyun Lee, James Li, Michael Lin, Robert Mu, Adithya Sanjay, Chittesh Thavamani, Richard Yang, Daniel Zheng, and Jason Zhang. They just competed at the next round as semifinalists and are awaiting the results to find out if they are finalists.

EXCITING NEWS! Danielle Nicholson won two awards at the 2017 Michigan Student Film Festiva!

 Troy High Short Story Writing Contest winners:


First Place: Life is Beautiful by Madeline Trumbauer

Second Place: Danger in Every Language by Divya Aggarwal

Third Place: from “The Eye Place” by Kelly Liu

Honorable Mention: Details, Details by Angela Dong

Honorable Mention: Life of a Virus by Prasanth Peddireddy

Honorable Mention: The Masked Hero by Joe Wirthlin

The following 13 students scored in the top 10% nationally on the USA Biology Olympiad Exam out of ~10,000 students. 


Dhanush Bathala

Sahil Dogra

Kathleen Gu

Claire Hao

Joonghyun Lee

James Li

Michael Lin

Robert Mu

Adithya Sanjay

Chittesh Thavamani

Richard Yang

Jason Zhang

Daniel Zheng

This past weekend was extremely successful for THS Model UN! MSU is the most challenging conference in our state with about 40 high schools from Michigan and Illinois. We had many students win individual awards but we also took home 1 of only 4 school awards.  If you have any MUN students, or one of these students, please congratulate them on achieving an award within their council:


Best Delegate (highest award)

Vikas Sharma


Outstanding Delegate (think second place)

Muyang Wang

William Zhang

Zahra Ahmed

Noihrita Masud


Honorable Mention

Nick Myhrer

Kaitlyn Hao


Verbal Commendations

Afriti Chinoy


Book Award

Jacob Overberg

Jason Fan

Akhil Tatineni


Outstanding Large Delegation (one of the top awards)


Thank you for your support and encouragement!

Leah Graham (senior), just received word that she has been named Michigan’s Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association as well as the Journalism Education Association!


Her portfolio was unanimously chosen as the state winner among a pool of top applicants in all categories of scholastic journalism in the state. She will now move on to compete against the other 49 state winners for the national Journalist of the Year award.


Wow, what an amazing weekend.  The Troy/Avondale Varsity gymnastics team placed 3rd at the Regional meet making them one of the top 3 teams to move on to State Team Competition.  We also had several girls qualify for individual competition at the State Level.    We are very proud of the girls, they have worked very hard to be where they are.  Most of the teams that they competed with had anywhere from 12 to 14 girls that qualified for regionals and anyone of them could contribute to the team score.   Our team had 5-7 of the same girls competing on each event, and came to the meet prepared and ready to compete.  They did an amazing job working together and supporting each other.  Below are the final results:



Team Score:  138.725


Division 1:

            Vault—Lana Meaders—3rd

                        Noelle Kaminski—6th


            Bars—Lana Meaders—2nd

                           Madison Darish—5th


            Beam—Lana Meaders—Regional Champion

                             Noelle Kaminski—5th

                             Madison Darish—7th


            Floor—Madison Darish—4th

                            Noelle Kaminski—6th


            All Around— Lana Meaders—4th

                                         Madison Darish—5th



Division 2:


            Beam—Adelyn Schmidt—7th

Congratulations to Esha Ghosalkar. Esha was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from Michigan for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Congratulations to the THS Chess Team who had two teams place in the Michigan High School Chess Tournament over the weekend.





Tuhin Chakraborty  was accepted into the Citizen University Youth Collaboratory for 2017. Citizen University is a Seattle based organization that promotes responsible civic engagement and problem solving. Tuhin was one of 25 students nationwide selected and will get to attend the Citizen University conference in Seattle this March, along with conferences in Detroit this summer and Chicago in the Fall.
Congratulations to THS students achieving ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Student Certifications! The students are Andrew Davis, senior (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), Samuel Dawidowicz, junior (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), John Kolar, senior (Auto Brakes), Brendan Heath, senior (Auto Brakes), Vamsi Puppala, sophomore (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), Ross Talbert, senior (Auto Suspension & Steering, and Brakes), and Matt Williams, senior (Auto Brakes).

Troy High School is very proud of students who achieved a 36 composite score on the ACT. Congratulations to Liam Clancy, junior, David Nie, senior, and Ji-Yoon (Kaylee) Won, junior, on their perfect ACT scores!



A team of THS Biology Competitions Club (BCC) students won “Best in State” for the Verizon Innovative App Contest. Please see the link to the competition, Congratulations to BCC members Sahil Dogra, Kathleen Gu, Claire Hao, Kaitlyn Hao, Richard Yang, Aimee Zheng and Daniel Zheng! They will now compete for Best in Region!

A team of Troy High students won "Best in State" for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and are now eligible to win the "Fan Favorite Award" which includes $15,000 and a trip to Orlando. Please help by texting the word BACTERIA to the number 22333 once a day from 1/17 to 2/14. Thanks for your support!

Biology Competitions Club students won “Best in State” for the Verizon Innovative App Contest. This is the link to the competition: Here are the list of Biology Competitions Club Members who won:

  • Daniel Zheng
  • Sahil Dogra
  • Kathleen Gu
  • Claire Hao
  • Kaitlyn Hao
  • Aimee Zheng
  • Richard Yang

Good News – Troy High School is very proud of students who achieved a 36 composite score on the ACT. Congratulations to Claire Hao, junior, and Spencer Liu, junior on their perfect ACT scores!

Congratulations to Dhanush Bathala, Junior, for his perfect score of 36 on the ACT. 

This past weekend our Model UN students competed with many schools from across Michigan, Ohio, and Canada. Our students performed very well and we were one the highest ranked schools. If you have any of these students please congratulate them on achieving an award within their council:


Vikas Sharma

Nikhil Ramachandra

Anna Nichols

William Zhang

Ethan Lazrado

Nicholas Myhrer

Afriti Chinoy

Michael Lin

Muyang Wang

Approximately 5000 students from around the state took Part 1 of the MMPC (Michigan Math Prize Competition).  Only 7 students received a perfect score on part 1.  We have 3 of those 7 students in our school…Freddie Zhao, Spencer Liu & Chittesh Thavamani.  

Our Stories, Our Voices: Growing Up Asian American is a student produced documentary. View the promo here.

The Siemens Math and Science Research Competition released the semifinalists list today.  16 THS students are Siemens Semi-Finalists.  We'll find out soon if any go on to be finalists.

Ian Thompson, junior, recently achieved the status of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Michael Kolakowski is a second place recipient of the 2016 National Spanish Senior Scholarship. In March, Michael earned a gold medal on the National Spanish Exam, Level 5. This achievement made him eligible to continue competing at the national level. Michael submitted a video clip in Spanish in which he discussed his future plans and a persuasive essay in Spanish. His work was reviewed by a committee from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  Currently, Michael is a freshman at the University of Michigan.
Lydia Tan received a national gold medal from Scholastic Art and Writing, her work was selected from 320,000 pieces of art and writing submissions. Her artwork was chosen as one of 65 to be exhibited in the main lobby of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.

The results of the 11th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2015-2016 season have been released, and Troy High School earned 3 awards and 4 additional nominations!

Lead Actor in a Musical: Tyler Bouque as Shrek in Shrek the Musical
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Eric Cheng as Donkey in Shrek the Musical
Featured Actress in a Musical: Emily Lourim as Gingy in Shrek the Musical

Lead Actress in a Musical: Jordan Held as Fiona in Shrek the Musical
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Brian Ball as Farquaad in Shrek the Musical
Set Design: Shrek the Musical
Direction: Rick Bodick for Shrek the Musical

To see the full list of winners for this ceremony, click on

There will be an awards ceremony held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA in Bronx, New York at 2:00 p.m. (registration beginning at 1:15 p.m.) on Sunday, August 21. Award winners, including all cast members of Ensemble and Production awards, will be invited up to the stage for the presentation of the award. Nomination certificates will be available at the registration table for all individual nominees or given to the director for distribution.