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Student Accolades and Awards 2017-2018

Emily Pytell, 9th grader here at THS was invited to represent TEAM USA in Flanders, Belgium, at the Sport Vlaanderen Nieuwpoortweek Regatta. She qualified based on her scores from the national Team Trials regatta in May.


Congratulations to Jason Zhang He scored 6th place in the University of Toronto's National Biology Competition. In addition, Troy High scored 6th place as a school for this international biology competition.


Jason Zhang (11th grader) is one of the top 20 students in the United States for the USA Biology Olympiad exam (nearly 10,000 students competed!). He will now travel to San Diego in June for 10 days to compete for a spot on the USA team (top 4 in the US) which then competes at the International Biology Olympiad in Iran.


We are very pleased to let you know that Pratham Soni and Matthew Dong, Sophomores competed at the 2018 Intel Science and Engineering Fair last week in Pittsburgh. Over 1,800 students from the world (80+ countries) competed in what is the highest level of STEM research based science fair for high school students in the world. Their work: Context-Aware Medical Image Super-Resolution Using Convolutional Neural Networks, was awarded Second Place by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.


Your athlete, Morgan McDonald (Lacrosse) has been selected as a nominee for the Detroit Free Press Sports Awards!


Congratulations! You have been awarded the 2018 Sutton Foster Ovation Award® for BEST DIRECTION for your production of The Addams Family!


I am writing to congratulate one of your students, Kevin Li, for his second place finish in the Bloomfield Hills Financial Stock to Scholarship Challenge. We had 400 students from the tri-county area participate this year in a stock trading game from 2/5-4/13 with a pseudo $100,000 brokerage account. His final account value was $115,649.72- and during the game, the S&P 500 was only 0.27% (essentially, flat).


This in itself is a great accomplishment. Yet he also won second place in our 2015 contest during his freshman year, and again second place his sophomore year in 2016!! The odds of that happening are just outrageous.


On behalf of the Council for Economic Education (CEE), congratulations on your team’s success for making it to the Finals of the National Economics ChallengeSM!  We look forward to hosting your team in New York City, May 19th – May 21st, 2018 to compete for the title of National Champions.


Below are the names of the four students who will represent your school at the Finals:


  1. Amol Kirtane
  2. Alex Xu
  3. Dhruv Muralidhar
  4. Claire Yang


Congratulations to Anerudh Bharani and Marcus Chung. Both these young men successfully passed piano student achievement tests this year.


A follow up to this past weekend at the State Forensics Tournament – We placed 8th overall – out of about 50 teams—and students with individual honors were:


Maggie Huber – FR – 13th place Children’s Storytelling


Prisha Grover – JR -  5th Impromptu


Dhruv Muralidhar SO  3rd Oratory  



Katie Tenniswood- SO

Mallory Boque-SO

Anna Klingler-SO

Trinh Pafford –JR

Sean Hodges –SO

Shane Held -SO

Robert Stout -SO

Were all part of our Multiple and took 2nd place.


The Troy High DECA students are easing back into school today having returned from 5 days in Atlanta, Georgia for the International Career Development Conference competition. 


Troy High had AMAZING results at the competition with 11 students called up on stage to receive competition medals.


22 Troy High students competed with 12,000 students from the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico. If you happen to have the following students in class, please give them a high five or pat on the back - to place at this level is truly an excellent achievement. 


Quinn Favret & Kaylee Won: Medaled for placing in the top 10 in the nation 

Raghav Maini: Medaled for placing in the top 10 in the nation 

Marina Sun: Medaled for placing in the top 10 in the nation

Erin McManus & Nisha Bhargava - Medaled for placing in the top 20 in the nation

Runxuan Jiang - Medaled for placing in the top 20 in the nation

Erin McManus & Nisha Bhargava - role play medal

Quinn Favret - test medal

Raghav Maini - test medal

Runxuan Jiang - 2 role play medals

Caitlyn Moon - test medal

Muyang Wang - test medal

Clare McAuliffe - role play medal

Dheeraj Kakulavaram - role play medal


All in all, Troy High DECA had 4 students place in the top 10, 3 students place in the top 20 and 20 medals total awarded to our students. 


The staffs of the Gladiator yearbook and Chariot newspaper brought home 58 individual awards for their work. Last year’s yearbook earned a Spartan Award with distinction– the highest honor given to a publication in the state. This year’s newspaper earned a gold medal with distinction.


Bianca Bucholtz, Emily Houde, and Logan Smith were all selected as members of the all-state journalism staff. In addition, Logan was also recognized as this year’s All-MIPA Yearbook winner which makes him the top yearbook student in the state.


Troy Youth Assistance (TYA) recognized many of our Troy High Students this past Wednesday for their contributions to the community! Congratulations to individual honorees Lily Aldinger, senior, Zachary Chbihi, freshman, Claire Hao, senior, Tessa Kaminski, senior, Sribharat Koripella, junior, and Shruthi Sunilkumar, sophomore. TYA also honored THS-affiliated groups Baker Alumni Coaching Science Olympiad Students, Leonard Elementary Cabin Leaders, and THS Peer Mediators.


Alex Hom (THS sophomore) recently earned his Eagle Scout rank with Boy Scout Troop 1707.  He worked 133 service hours over 15 months to create kitchen survival kits for a homeless shelter in Pontiac.  He is also a member of Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society for Boy Scouts of America.


Congratulations to Apoorva Mirji! Apoorva won two prizes in the Troy Garden Club's 2018 art competition!  The the grand prize of $100 and also the high school second prize.  Youngeun Keum, Parker Scott and Anna Zhao won a Troy Garden Club 2018 garden walk art competition honorable mention award-high school.


The following Biology Competitions Club and/or AP Biology students are semifinalists in the USA Biology Olympiad: James Gu, Preethi Kumaran, Michael Song, Pratham Soni, Swarith Reddy, Finsam Samson, Hansen Wang, Claire Yang, and Jason Zhang. Over 5,300 students competed in the USABO open exam and these nine THS students scored in the top 10% of the nation and will now compete to be finalists.


Jacob Maher, a senior, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 1702.  His public service project involved raising money to provide backpacks & school supplies for elementary students in Detroit.  The Troy High Jazz Combo performed at his fundraising event and helped him raise nearly $4,000.


Richard Yang was recently named a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar, one of 150 selected from a pool of over 90,000 initial applicants. He will receive a $20,000 scholarship award along with an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta from April 19-22 as part of the 2018 Scholars Weekend and Leadership Development Institute where he will meet the other scholars from around the US and grow as a leader. The scholarship seeks well-rounded, bright students who not only excel academically, but are also actively involved in their schools; these scholars are passionate and service-oriented, demonstrating a sustained commitment to bettering their community.


Richard Yang has been selected as one of 20 Most Valuable Student Elks Scholarship finalists from a pool of nearly 29,000 other applicants. He will receive a minimum scholarship award of $20,000 along with an all-expense paid trip to Chicago from April 26-29 to attend the Leadership Weekend. There he will meet the other finalists, develop as a leader, and interview for a chance to win one of the top prizes of $30,000, $40,000, or $50,000. The scholarship is sponsored by the Elks National Foundation, a charitable organization with other 2000 lodges around the US, which seeks to sponsor students with leadership skills and a passion to help their communities.


Kelley Liu received two gold keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! 


On March 22-24, Troy High HOSA competed at the HOSA State Conference in Grand Rapids, with 51 students recognized as finalists in their events and 13 students placing top three to qualify for HOSA Nationals. A full list of finalists and national qualifiers are available on the school website. A huge congrats to our students for such outstanding achievements!



Behavioral Health

Claire Hao: 2nd


Biomedical Debate

Surya Sanjay, Jasmine Wu, Harshini Padala: 6th

Arlene Chen, Dhatri Medarametla, Michelle Baek: 7th


Biomedical Laboratory Science

Pratham Soni: 1st

Finsam Samson: 4th



Shrey Aggarwal: 1st

Bharat Koripella: 5th


Forensic Medicine

Emily Wang, Michelle Li: 8th


Health Career Photography

Lauren Alberts: 4th


Human Growth & Development

Srijani Sengupta: 2nd

Aimee Zheng: 4th


Medical Innovation (Existing)

Hayley Cho, Sahita Gandra, Preethi Kumaran, Sahara Pinnu: 1st

Neha Kuchukalanti, Renuka Murthi, Anagha Srivatsa, Priyal Bajaj: 6th


Medical Law & Ethics

Viji Jambunathan: 3rd


Medical Math

Rohit Goru: 3rd

Kevin Zhou: 6th


Medical Reading

Katherine Lee: 6th



Amogh Angadi: 2nd

Mridul Akasapu: 7th


Parliamentary Procedure

Neil Garg, Teja Pulavarthi, Stephen Kurapati, Daniel Won, Kamal Kadali, Marvin Jiang, Vaibhav Srinivasan: 7th

Daniel Zheng, Dhanush Bathala, Adithya Sanjay, Sid Lakhani, Muyang Wang, Ethan Lazrado: 8th



Claire Yang: 5th


Physical Therapy

Elena Renke: 2nd


Prepared Speaking

Shannon Li: 1st


Public Service Announcement

Jinxi Dam, Afriti Chinoy, Esha Ghosalkar: 7th


Researched Persuasive Writing & Speaking

Priyanka Pulvender: 8th  


Transcultural Healthcare

Amogh Gowda: 8th


Congratulations to Troy High School


A dominating performance by Troy High School during the 2018 Amerisure Michigan Economics Challenge as they brought home State Championships in both the David Ricardo and Adam Smith divisions. Each member of championship teams will receive $250 into a MESP 529 plan and an opportunity to qualify for one of 16 spots in the national finals in New York City this May!


We just received this email from our officers for Future Problem Solvers.  GO TROY COLTS!!!
Parvathi Nagappala 

-3rd Place Middle Division Individual, with an invitation to internationals

Renuka Murthi-

-1st Place Senior Division Individual, with an invitation to internationals

-Semi-finalist Senior Division Scenario Writing

Vrushali Ambardekar, Priyal Bajaj, Tiffany Guo, Lilian Xiao

-2nd Place Team Senior Division, with an invitation to Internationals

Renuka Murthi, Srijani Sengupta, Puja Kumar, Marion Ni

-3rd Place Team Senior Division


Several THS students placed yesterday at the regional Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit. Grand Award winners were Matthew Dong and Pratham Soni. They will now compete at Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) in Pittsburgh in May.


Amol Kirtane, Finsam Samson, Jason Zhang, and Marvin Jiang placed first. Yujie Wang placed second. These 5 students are all eligible to compete in the statewide Michigan Science Fair at Kettering University in April.


Freddie Zhao, Spencer Liu, Divya Aggarwal, and Dipika Rao placed third. Sara Huang, Shivani Konduru, Runxuan Jiang, and Priyanka Pulvender placed fourth. James Gu and Srijani Sengupta placed fifth.


Congratulations to these Juniors for PERFECT ACT scores! Renuka Murthi, Nathaniel Drasovean, David Kuang , Yongjin Nam, Finsam Samson, Yujie Wang, Jason Zhang


I am very pleased to let you know that Matthew Dong and Pratham Soni (both sophomores), are the Grand Prize Winners at the 2018 Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit (SEFMD) held at the Cobo Hall this week. As a result they will now be competing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair at Pittsburgh in May.


DECA students competed this past weekend at the State Conference at Cobo Center in Detroit. Troy High had an outstanding showing with 22 students qualifying for International competition (listed below) in Atlanta this April. 


We also had 54 out of the 64 students that attended & competed up on stage at the awards show to receive an award for either their test performance, role-play performance or placing as a finalist in their category. Troy High received 22 plaques for students continuing on to International competition, 34 yellow ribbon medals (signifying top placement for role-plays), 18 blue medals (signifying top placement for test scores) and 39 red-white-blue medals (signifying top placement in their category). 


Muyang Wang also medaled in both the Mathematics & Economics Examinations, an extra competition that they offer at the State level.


It was a great day to be a Colt! If you see the students below, wish them luck for Internationals in Atlanta.


Students advancing to International Competition in Atlanta, Georgia:

  • Navneet Ramadurai
  • Emily Stabinsky
  • Clare McAuliffe
  • Griffin Hendren
  • Brian Oh
  • Raghav Maini
  • Marina Sun
  • Demitra Loucopolous
  • Alanah Soriano
  • Kaylee Won
  • Quinn Favret
  • Jennifer Won
  • Nisha Bhargava
  • Vedaant Garg
  • Michael Song
  • Shruti Gomer
  • Muyang Wang
  • Erin McManus
  • Runxuan Jiang
  • Kenny Gu
  • Catherine Manceor
  • Caitlyn Moon


Congratulations to James Ge, Rishy Peela, Anupam Gatta and Chakransh Kapasiya! They came in 6th place in the Michigan High School Chess Tournament.


Three Biology Competitions Club students are regional finalists for the South-East Michigan Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. Jason Zhang, 1st place regional JSHS finalist, Runxuan Jiang, 2nd place and Astha Dalal, 4th place regional JSHS finalist, have received invitations to participate in the 56th National JSHS to be held in Hunt Valley, Maryland, May 2 – 5, 2018.


Some non-Chinese heritage students participated in 2018 Michigan China Quiz Bowl at Schoolcraft College, sponsored by Wayne State University, and they did an amazing job. Please congratulate themon this great achievement!


Division I (Coach: Sue Lin)

4th Place Winners

Kunwoo Kim

Seonghyo Kim

Division II (Coach: Meiyu Chang)
2nd Place Winners
Dominic Marra
Phoebe Oh
Sarah Shakhloul
Jae Woo Kim

Division III (Coach: Meiyu Chang)
3rd Place Winners
Sophia Baik
Jieun Lee
Semi Park
Johnny Burns

Division IV (Coach: Sue Lin)

1st Place Winners
Aadharsh  Acharya
Leya Chambo
Nathaniel Drasovean
Yong Jin Nam


3rd Place Winners

Yejin Kim
Vaibhav Srinivasan

Megan  Worrel


The Troy Entrepreneur Club attended the Sesi Conference last week.  Quinn Favret won first place for his business plan “Know Your Snow.”  He also won first place for presentation skills when he presented before everyone. 


 Kelley Liu  has been named a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Finalist in Writing, the organization’s highest honor.
Congratulations to Esha Ghosalkar! She was awarded the Governor’s Service award for Outstanding Volunteering work.


Congratulations to Astha Dalal, grade 10. She presented her research, “Towards a Non-Invasive Measurement of Cancer Stem Cells,” during a scientific meeting of Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage(MAPI). She won 2nd Place amongst the high school students.


Congratulations to Matthew Wang, Jason Zhang, Girish Muthumula, Hanson Wang, and James Gu. They just won the Science Bowl Championship title in the one and only region in Michigan over the past weekend.  The team will be representing Michigan to compete in the national competition, sponsored by Department of Energy, during the last week of April.  


Harikrishnan Sanil of Grade-10 had participated in the University of Toronto Model United Nations Conference, held in Toronto, Canada from Feb-08 through Feb-11. This year's conference was attended by nearly 1000 delegates from three continents. Hari was the Chinese Ambassador at the UN Security Council, working with other nations to adopt a two-state solution between Turks and Kurds and negotiating disarmament of biological weapons. Hari performed very well on all four days and won the "Best Delegate Award". The criteria for the award are: presentation skills, leadership quality, knowledge of topic, quality of contribution to debate, adherence to rules of procedure and country policy, quality of resolution, directive drafting and composure. Hari received a certificate along with a gavel and sound block at an Award Ceremony at University of Toronto.


Jonathan Wang, freshman, has recently qualified for the 2018 Junior Olympic Fencing National Championships this February in Memphis! Congratulations Jonathan! The Troy United Figure Skating Team had their second competition this week at the Suburban Macomb Ice Rink.  The team medaled in five of their six competitions, taking second place in two events and third in three others. Currently the B team is in first place in the division. Their next competition is in February.


We were thrilled to learn that six THS juniors have achieved perfects scores on the ACT test! Congratulations to Nathaniel Drasovean, David Kuang, Yongjin Nam, Finsam Samson, Yujie Wang, and Jason Zhang.


We had an absolutely amazing day at District Competition for DECA this past Saturday at Lake Orion High School. 71 students competed representing Troy High and 64 out of 71 qualified to move on to State Conference & Competition at Cobo Center in mid-March. 


We also had 41 of those students “Sweep” - which means they won every medal possible in their category (test score medal, role play score medal and state qualifying medal).


Grand totals for Troy High DECA:

  • State Qualifier Medals: 64
  • Yellow Ribbon Medals (role play score medals): 59
  • Blue Ribbon Medals (test score medals): 48

Go Colts!!!


“Sweep” Students (state qualifier medalist, test score medalist, role play score medalist):

  • Zahra Ahmad
  • Robert Banas
  • Nisha Bhargava
  • Danielle Boyer
  • Anna Fairman
  • Quinn Favret
  • Vedaant Garg
  • Shruti Gomer
  • Kenny Gu
  • Griffin Hendren
  • Frank Huang
  • Kolin Jaku
  • Runxuan Jiang
  • Alondra Kannu
  • Sema Khraishi
  • Angela Li
  • Demitra Loucopoulus
  • Raghav Maini
  • Clare McAuliffe
  • Erin McManus
  • Collin McManus
  • Ishan Mehta
  • Caitlyn Moon
  • Brian Oh
  • Hafsa Qureshi
  • Saloni Singhal
  • Michael Song
  • Alanah Soriano
  • Emily Stabinsky
  • Marina Sun
  • Abhi Thirupathi
  • Evan Tondera
  • Malavika Vengilatt
  • Muyang Wang
  • Kaylee Won
  • Jennifer Won
  • Rachel Wu
  • Jayson Your
  • Jahow Yu
  • Kevin Zhang
  • Annette Zhao


Additional State Qualifying Students + Several Medaling in 1 Yellow/Blue as well (indicated):

  • Samay Achar
  • Apoorva Akalankam (yellow)
  • Akarsh Alapati (yellow)
  • Ethan Alexander (yellow)
  • Ali Armin (yellow)
  • Adam Basa (yellow)
  • Ella Brandenberg (yellow)
  • Isabella Cueny (yellow)
  • Taylor Davis
  • Ryan Dong (yellow)
  • Dheeraj Kakulavarum (blue)
  • Nate Kovacs (blue)
  • Min Lee (yellow)
  • Catherine Manceor (yellow)
  • Lily Renke (yellow)
  • Kate Rivers (yellow)
  • Gabriela Rowe (yellow)
  • Tessy Sheko (yellow)
  • Sid Soni (blue)
  • Anshula Sundram (yellow)
  • Julia Thomson (yellow)
  • Miah Tompkins (yellow) 
  • Madeline Trumbauer (yellow)


Navneet Ramaduri, Swarith Reddy and Silas Yang all medaled for test scores and/or role play scores, but unfortunately did not qualify for state competition. 
Congratulations to Jessica Chen, Felix Liang, Kevin Xu, Tiffany Xu, Marcus Chung, and Jessica You. All placed in their paino divisions at the annual MAC Open Fall Classic Competition held at the Evola Music Center in Shelby Township on November 4-5, 2017.

THS has 9 Siemens semi-finalists this year. The Siemens Competition is one is the most prestigious research competitions. The finalists will be announced soon. Here is the website, the list is an attachment on the bottom:


THS has 3 siemens finalists!

Congratulations to Nicholas Gajewski (11th Grade/Junior). He bowled a 300 on Saturday 12/9/2017.

2016 - 2017 National Youth Arts Awards Announcement


As some of you may know, the Troy Theatre Ensemble enters our 2 shows each school year in the National Youth Arts Awards competition.  The results of the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2016-2017 season were just released, and the Troy Theatre Ensemble earned 3 awards and 11 additional nominations!



Lead Actor in a Musical: Tyler Bouque as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls

Lead Actress in a Musical: Raagini Chandra as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls 

Costume Design: Michael A. Gravame for Guys and Dolls



Lead Actor in a Musical: Sean Hodges as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls

Lead Actress in a Musical: Annie Rowbal as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls

Lead Actor in a Play: Tyler Bouque as Tom Newton in Who Am I This Time?

Supporting Actor in a Play: Ibrahim Isaac as Harry Nash in Who Am I This Time?

Supporting Actress in a Play: Bianca Bucholtz as Doris Sawyer in Who Am I This Time?

Supporting Actress in a Play: Emily Lourim as Catherine in Who Am I This Time?

Supporting Actress in a Play: Annie Rowbal as Gloria in Who Am I This Time?

Supporting Actress in a Play: Stefannie Savoy as Helene Shaw in Who Am I This Time?

Ensemble: Guys and Dolls

Choreography: Molly Zaleski for Guys and Dolls

Direction: Rick Bodick for Guys and Dolls


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