Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Troy High Short Story Writing Contest.
First Place: Rules to a Weapon by Tracy Li
Second Place: falling by Pallavi Chigurupati
Third Place: Snatched Time by Sandhya Srinivasan
We are the Troy United Archery team run by Troy High students Sanjana Chimalakonda, Aarti Phatke, and Siya Gupta. We started this club earlier this year as a enrichment program that is open to Troy high, Athens, and IA. We have been preparing for the past few months for a high school state tournament for teams like us called the Michigan Archery High School Associations’s State tournament, which happened today at Harrison High School. We wanted to let you know that the tournament was a great success! We had five members from our team place in the top thee positions for their divisions and overall, we had a amazing time. We also were the highest ranking team and placed first statewide in the elite division. We also became very popular throughout the tournament and had multiple people complement us on our coordination and togetherness as well as our skill. We made great a acquaintance with the tournament director and the other judges who said they would be looking forward to see us next year.
Biology Competitions Club president, Jason Zhang placed 3rd in the 2019 National Biology Competition making him an “International Biology Scholar with Distinction”. Over 1,300 students competed in this competition from 92 international schools. Jason will receive a cash prize and is eligible for a partial scholarship to the University of Toronto.
Congratulations to Prashanti Donthireddy who earned a perfect score on ACT (April 2019).
On Friday, May 3, four Troy High Students traveled to UD Mercy for the Michigan CyberPatriot Banquet to receive their award for finishing in 2nd Place Michigan Gold Division in the CyberPatriot Competition. The students, Saumyaa Sinha, Archana Matheswaran, Steffanie Joy, and Kenneth Gu went through 3 rounds of competition, each time placing near the top of all Michigan competitors. Cyberpatriot is a youth cyber program created by the Air Force Association to inspire k-12 students towards careers in cybersecurity. This competion is held annually and this is the first year of competition for our team from Troy High. Congratulations to these students for all their hard work and effort!
This past weekend 23 forensics students competed at the State tournament which they had qualified for previously. If you have these students please join me in congratulating them on an awesome showing . Our Shrek Multiple took FIRST place in the state and it was the most talked about event the entire competition- hearing people in hallways saying, “Go see Shrek perform -they are amazing” –was fun for me and I am sure their parents 😊 Students in Shrek are: Trinh Pafford- Sean Hodges-Shane Held-Hannah Cheshire -Traci Li- Elise Plane and Ravi Joseph
Other notables – Prisha Grover took 6th in impromptu- 1 min to prep an unknown topic and she must speak for 5 min – she is amazing – ask her to do it for you😊- Sonia Ahmed was 7th in dramatic interp, Maggie Huber 10 in Prose , Dhruv Muralidhar 12th in oratory and Apoorva Mirji 12 in informative. Our team was 8th in the state which is also quite an accomplishment given the number of teams.
Please join me in congratulating the following students for their performance at DECA Internationals over the past 5 days in Orlando. Troy High students performed outstandingly well and I wanted them to be recognized for their efforts.
Michael Song & Aniket Dagar placed 3rd internationally in their event, Sports & Entertainment Marketing. They received the coveted “DECA Glass” award for their overall role play and test performance. They had the opportunity to stand on the DECA podium for top 3 finalist at the International Grand Awards Show.
Jahow Yu, Raghav Maini, Navneet Ramadurai and Allison Wei all placed in the Top 10 internationally for their events in Hospitality & Tourism and Business Management & Administration.
Dheeraj Kakulavarum, Jennifer Won and Evan Tondera all placed in the Top 20 internationally for their events in the Hospitality & Tourism industry.
Ella Brandenberg, Jennifer Won, Raghav Maini, Jahow Yu, Dheeraj Kakulavarum, Navneet Ramadurai, Jack Kotas, Collin McManus and Min Lee were also presented with medals at the preliminary awards show for their high role play and testing scores.
In total, Troy High received 2 glass plaques and 27 medals at the international level! It was an outstanding awards day for our club.
It was a very exciting time to see this many students from Troy High on stage receiving awards from DECA at an International competition.
Neha Aigalikar, with her team, won 2nd place in the State level Future Problem Solving tournament. She also participated in individual writing and came in 4th place. They will now proceed to National tournament in Boston.
Pratham Soni, Junior, founded a non profit project organization tech2serve (tech2serve.org) in summer of 2018. The purpose and mission of tech2serve is to bring life changing technology to uplift under served communities through education, life preservation, and connectivity. Through Fall of 2018, Pratham raised over $4,000 to fund his organization. Using the funds he collaborated with a California based organization that develops software that enables the visually impaired to access education through talk to speech technology. Pratham then worked with two large educational institutions in India to identify visually impaired students who would benefit from use of this technology. He traveled to India over the Christmas break, and 101 visually impaired students were provided with cell phones and mp3 players with custom software loaded on the devices that enables these students to pursue higher education. The technology brought to these students by Prahtam also improves their lifestyle with independence to navigate the streets, order food, message friends and families. Another project that tech2serve has been involved with is bringing CPR awareness among the elderly. He traveled through senior citizen homes demonstrating the basics of CPR and the benefits of it in emergency. For his exceptional service to others through his projects, Pratham was honored by the Troy Youth Assistance at their Annual Youth Recognition Awards on April 17th. He was awarded the Silver Star Award for exceptional service and example in the community of Troy.
From over 10,000 students, Biology Competitions Club president Jason Zhang scored in the top 20 students nationwide for the USA Biology Olympiad. This is the second year in a row that Jason scored in the top 20. He will now compete at the USA Biology Olympiad National Finals at the University of California in San Diego from June 22nd to July 4th for a chance to represent the USA at the international level.
Our THS/AHS robotics team has competed very well in the past 2 months. Our season's accomplishment culminated in
- The robot advancing to semi-finals at Michigan State Championship (10 days ago)
- Winning Michigan State Championship Chairman's Award
- Ranking 30th out of 542 Michigan teams (see http://frc-districtrankings.firstinspires.org/2019/FIM , our team is called 226 Hammerheads representing both THS and AHS).
In FIRST Robotics, the Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. Our team has won the Chairman's Award 3 years in a row at the district level, but this is the first time for us wining at the State Championship level. We hope to repeat the same this week at the World Championship where 400 teams from around the world will be competing at Cobo Center.
Here's a brief video of our 150 lb. robot at the State Championship's playoff. During the end game, our robot (in blue color with red 226 bumpers, on the left side of the screen) does a climb onto a 19" platform: https://youtu.be/ju1bWyzMPnc?t=128
Congratulations Apoorva Mirji! She won a Troy Garden Club 2019 garden walk high school honorable mention.
Congratulations Sandhya Manivasagam! She won two Troy Garden Club 2019 garden walk high school honorable mentions.
On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) held its annual Michigan Affiliate Award Celebration at the Eberhard Center on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Of the 79 award winners from Michigan, 3 were students at Troy High School. Senior Claire Yang, Junior Lydia Tan, and Sophomore Lily Yang were recognized for the aspirations to work in the field of technology. These three young ladies proudly represented Troy High School and have promising opportunities in their future! Congratulations Claire, Lydia, and Lily!
Troy High was represented by 2 teams at the Washington University Chemistry Tournament (WUCT), held at the Washington University in St Louis on April 6th. 43 teams from across the US competed in this annual competition.
Team 1 consisting of Pratham Soni, Jaewoo Kim, Edison Chiu, Kevin Wang, Kevin Zhou and Benjamin Liu placed 5th in the Breaking Bonds Competition and 8th place in the Cumulative Director's Award.
The second team was comprised of Andy Feng, Carol Zhang, Rishik Tatavarthi, Mitchell Chang, Amruta Venkatesh and Lily Yang.
HOSA State Conference Results 2019
- Amogh Angadi- 1st place in Nutrition
- Shrey Aggarwal- 1st place in Epidemiology
- Srijani Sengupta- 1st place in Human Growth and Development
- Sohan Vittalam, Katherine Zhao, Jasmine Wu, and Allison Wei- 1st place in Biomedical Debate
- Jane Kim- 2nd place in Home Health Aide
- Navneet Ramadurai- 2nd place in Job Seeking Skills
- Kenneth Gu- 3rd place in Medical Law and Ethics
- Pratham Soni- 3rd place in Biomedical Laboratory Science
- Divya Aggarwal- Finalist (4th place) in Medical Law and Ethics
- Sophia Liang- Finalist (4th place) in Medical Terminology
- Elliot Liu- Finalist (4th place) in Pharmacy Science
- Mridul Akasapu- Finalist (5th place) in Nutrition
- Sneha Dinda- Finalist (6th place) in Biomedical Laboratory Science
- Viji Jambunathan, Kaylin Jung, Sara Huang, Tiffany Guo, James Gu, Jason Zhang, Peter Nam, and Matthew Yao- Finalist (6th place) in Parliamentary Procedure
- Allison Liu- Finalist (7th place) in Sports Medicine
- Yuvraj Jamwal, Marvin Jiang, and Michael Song- Finalist (7th place) in Public Health
- Rishyanth Peela- Finalist (8th place) in Pharmacology
- Priya Dutta, Dhatri Medarametla, Arlene Chen, and Michelle Baek- Finalist (8th place) in Existing Medical Innovation
The Troy United High School Figure Skating “B” Team won first place In the Michigan State Competition for the second year in a row after winning first place in their District. The team consisted of Rachel Burke and Sophie White from Troy High and Lauren Ferguson, Joy Liao and Emily Rosinski from Athens High School. The “C” team placed seventh at the Michigan State Competition after finishing second in their District. The “C” team consists of Kristina Chen from Troy High, Sydney Richardson from Athens and Deena Aboul-Hassan from International Academy. The Coach for both the B and C teams is Christina Polychronou, who is a Troy High School graduate.
Troy High School has been ranked first place in the American Mathematics Competition 12A (AMC-12A) which was held on Feb 7th. It's a wonderful achievement as there are more than 1,700 public and private schools in the US. In addition, Freddie Zhao and Reagan Choi got perfect scores on the exam; two of only 20 perfect scores out of 33,400 total test-takers. Along with several other Troy High students, they will continue to participate in invitational exams as a part of the MAA math competition series.
This past weekend the Troy High Model UN Delegation competed in its last conference for the collegiate season. They attended conferences these last couple months at Oakland University (2-day competition), Wayne State University (1-day competition), and at Michigan State University (3-day competition). It was at Michigan State University's conference that our delegation took home the coveted and prestigious Best Large Delegation Award! An award that we have not won in a couple years.
Each conference challenges the students to prepare in different ways as they have unique requirements and procedures the delegates have to adhere to; some have been preparing since September for these conferences.
If you have any of the students below please congratulate them for their hard work and success:
30 1st/2nd year students competed against Varsity delegations from 20 other schools
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY: 51 students competed against 193 delegates from 13 other schools
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY: 39 students competed against 850 delegates from 40 different schools
*THS delegation was awarded the BEST LARGE DELEGATION AWARD!
Biology Competitions Club and AP Biology students competed in the USA Biology Olympiad and five Troy High students are progressing to the semifinals. Over 5,000 students competed and these students scored in the top 10% nationwide: Kenneth Gu, Pratham Soni, Andrew C. Wang, Jasmine Wu, and Jason Zhang. They will be competing next week to try and qualify for nationals, the top 20 students in the nation. In another Biology Competitions Club competition, Junior Science Humanities Symposium (JSHS), Astha Dalal won 1st place in Michigan and Matthew Dong won 4th place for presenting their scientific research to an audience and judges at Wayne State University. They will be traveling to nationals in Albuquerque, NM April 24-27.
At the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit (SEFMD) where students present their scientific research posters to judges, team members Peizhi Liu and Kevin Zhou earned the top honor as Grand Award Winners. They will now travel to Phoenix, AZ from May 12-17 to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In addition, several Troy High students earned additional honors: Amol Kirtane (1st place), Matthew Dong (2nd place), Astha Dalal (4th place), Pratham Soni (4th place), Divya Aggarwal (Excellence Award).
Astha Dalal (11th grade) has secured first place at JSHS- Junior Science Humanity Symposium this year.
More good News from last Saturday! Some non-Chinese heritage students participated in 2019 Michigan China Quiz Bowl at Wayne State University, and they did an amazing job. Please congratulate them if you see them on this great achievement!
High School Division 1: (Coach: Sue Lin)
1st Place Winners: Bret Dickerson, Brandon Nguyen, Joseph Slaviero
3rd Place Winners: Eva Jaku, Dasha Safronova, Vishesh Verma (These three Boulan Park
Middle School students are taking Chinese 1 at Troy High.)
Division 2: (Coach: Meiyu Chang)
4th Place Winners: Caden Chambo, Seonghyo Kim
Division 3: (Coach: Meiyu Chang)
1st Place Winners: Phoebe Oh, Imani Rinke, Sarah Shakhloul
3rd Place Winners: Minseong Kim, Swarith Reddy, Joshua Vijayasegar
Division 4: (Coach: Sue Lin)
1st Place Winners: Nathaniel Drasovean, Molly Capelli, Shruthi Sunilkumar
1st Place: Jong Won Choi
2nd Place: Rema Shkoukani
1st Place: Semi Park
3rd Place: Justin Park
2nd Place: Mikayla Anderson
We are so proud of our students and appreciated their hard work.
Yesterday was the annual Japan Quiz Bowl competition at UM, Ann Arbor. We had two teams from Level 1 class and one team from Level 3 class. All three teams brought home a trophy for their wins. The two level 2 teams ended up competing each other in the final round. 😊 This is the first time ever for Troy High Japanese classes to win trophies at Japan QB! Moreover, ALL of them brought one home! They all worked hard to prepare for the event. Please congratulate all the students below for their hard work.
1st Place: Marcus Chung, Chloe Pottenger, Rishi Rallapalli, Teagan Walters
1st Place: Diana Kim (Jihyeon), Skyla Lee (Seeun), Lachlan O’Neill, Heejin Shyn
2nd Place: Nicholas Griffin, Sebit Paik, Rohit Rajala
This past weekend Troy High DECA spent their time competing at the State Conference at Cobo Center. 74 students represented Troy High over the course of a 2-day competition.
Out of those 74 students, 47 of them were called up on stage to receive an award for either their test or role play performance. Troy High received 42 role play medals, 14 test medals and 39 finalist medals.
Troy High had 17 students qualify to attend International Competition in Orlando, Florida late April.
A few standouts from the crowd: Navneet Ramadurai, Jahow Yu, Angela Li, Evan Tondera and Allison Wei all “swept” their category, which means they placed first in their category for all of their competitive events which included 1 test and 2 role-plays.
The following students qualified for International Competition - please congratulate them if you have them in class:
Kenneth (Kenny) Gu
Several other students received amazing scores, simply losing out a spot at Internationals by just a few heartbreaking points. DECA has students compete in flights and several of our students who qualified for Internationals last year were unfortunately placed against other students who qualified last year as well. Unlucky flight draw in many cases.
Congratulations to juniors Emily Wu and Aimee Zheng for their perfect ACT scores!
Congratulations to the Troy High students winning awards in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing competition, Southeastern Michigan Art Region!
Julia Considine-Hon. Mention, Drawing
Paula Delgado-Hon. Mention, Digital Art
Emy Galustyan-Silver Key, Digital Art - Hon. Mention, Digital Art
Abigail Liang-Hon. Mention, Drawing
Divya Shankar-Silver Key, Digital Art
Lydia Tan-Gold Key, Painting - Gold Key & Best in Category, Film & Anim. - Hon. Mention, Jewelry - Silver Key,
Tiffany Xu-Gold Key, Mix Media
Lily Yang-Silver Key, Drawing
Congratulations Sandhya Srinivasan, senior, who recently won the 2018 Stephen Bonga Award for Prose for a short story. The story was also published in the same magazine that hosted the Stephen Bonga Award writing contest.
Congratulations Environmental Activists Club, they have moved from a “green” school, to an “emerald” green school.
Congratulations Darren Zeng, 10th grader. He recently received a Gold Key in 2019 Scholastic Art Writing Awards of Southeastern Michigan Art Region.
Congratulations to Amogh Gowda! Gift of Life Michigan has chosen him to receive a prestigious 2019 Champion award for promoting organ and tissue donation in the work he does as a volunteer. He is the only volunteer in Michigan to receive this honor.
Gina Moy was selected to participate in the Julliard summer percussion program. She is one of only 16 selected across the country.
On January 27, Finsam Samson, a senior at Troy, took first place in the 2019 Brain Bee at MSU competition. We are very excited to send Finsam off to the National Brain Bee at Penn State Medical School the weekend of April 12-14 where he will compete in written and oral testing rounds, as well as sessions on neuroanatomy, neurohistology, and patient diagnosis. A press release can be found on the Brain Bee at MSU website.
Congratulations to Michael Song for being named a MHSAA Scholar-Athlete!
Troy High’s Ocean Bowl Team competed Feb. 2 at UM in the Great Lakes Bowl. The team of Matthew Dong, Pratham Soni, Jasmine Wu, Carol Zhang, and Allan Zhou took first place and will compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Washington DC in April.
Congratulations Avani Prasad (9th grade) for winning 4 Scholastic Awards in the MidWest Region! She received an honorable mention for her painting and three of her writing pieces received a Silver Key.
The Model UN Students did exceptionally well this weekend at the University of Chicago International Conference. This year out of the 16 Troy High delegates 15 received awards, 7 of which received Outstanding Delegate (1st place). They competed against 131 schools and over 3,000 students both domestic and international.
Andrew Tabaka earned the Rank of Eagle with the Boy Scouts this week. His project was building 3 little lending libraries in front of Leonard Elementary and in it's neighborhoods.
The SAA released their 2018 fall all-sportsmanship teams this week, recognizing student-athletes who displayed outstanding sportsmanship over the course of their seasons. Among those honored were Troy's Lindsey Bolas, a graduate of Troy High School, who competes on the Oglethorpe Women's soccer team.
Congratulations to Amogh Gowda who was selected as a Distinguished Finalist for the state of Michigan in the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards!
Natania Shi, entered her work into the Scholastic Arts and Writing competition. On Friday, she was awarded a Silver Key for a poem she wrote! Silver key recipients are awarded to the top 7-15% of entries.
Congratulations to Hemanth Tadepalli, Senior, he was appointed as a representative for the Troy City Planning Commission.
Congratulations to Roger Wang on being named the winner in the East Central Division MTNA Competition "Junior Performance."
Troy High DECA competed at District competition this past Saturday and had an excellent showing! 92 students competed with 74 students advancing to DECA State Competition in March at Cobo Center.
77 Troy High students made it on stage to receive a test, role play or state placement medallion.
We also had some very exciting scores on Saturday - Rachel Wu, Zahra Ahmad, Jahow Yu & Raghav Maini all received perfect scores on their role play. Students who received the top test scores for Troy High were Jahow Yu, Raghav Maini, Navneet Ramadurai, Kenneth (Kenny) Gu and Allison Wei.
Boulan Park Middle School robotics team, PixelBotics FTC 11394, had a good season participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge this fall. The team won the Winning Alliance Award, the Rockwell Collins Innovative Award and qualification for the MI State Championship during the Bedford Qualifier on November 10th 2018. They also won the Inspire Award and the Finalist Alliance Award at the Farmington Hills Qualifier on Dec. 8, 2018. The team made it to semifinals at the MI State Championship. PixelBotics also won first place and the highest score in OCCRA (Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association) Bloomfield Hills Tournament on Nov. 7,2018.
The team consists of three 8th graders, Jonathan Chen, Justin Choi and Tyler Yee from Boulan Park Middle School. They also have two Troy High students and Hammerheads FRC 226 members, Angela Xu, Ethan Chen, and an Athens student, Jessica Zhang, as youth mentors, who have contributed greatly to the success of PixelBotics this season.
Congratulations Freddie Zhao for being named a Coca-Cola semifinalist!
Freddie Zhao (senior) and Reagan Choi (9th) attended Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC) by forming a team with six other students around the southeast area of Michigan. They ranked 6th overall among the 40 teams in Division A, and also ranked 2nd in their 'team round'. Also, Freddie and Reagan were selected as finalists, top 10 scorers in each four topics in math; Algebra, Combinatorics, Number theory and Geometry (Only two from Michigan).
PUMaC is a 13 year old math competition that is run by the math club in Princeton university, and became one of the most popular and challenging high school math competition run by university in the US. More than 60 teams who were carefully selected by their past achievement from other math competitions competed each other this year. Past competitors have been admitted to some of the best universities in the world, including Princeton and its peers.
The new Troy High Sailing Team is ranked 64 in their district!
Congratulations to Aadharsh Acharya, Senior, who received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT!
Congratulations National Merit Semi Finalists! Aadharsh Acharya, Priyal Bajaj, Michael Davis, Nathaniel Drasovean, Aaron Feng, Tiffany Guo, Kevin Huang, Sara Huang, Vijayashree Jambunathan, Sibbharat Koripella, David Kuang,Preethi Kumaran, Peizhi Liu, Raghav Maini, Marina Malyarenko, Iman Manzoor, Renuka Murthi, Yong Jin Nam, Marion Ni, Kulin Oak, Vasanth Palanisamy, Sisir Potluri, Finsam Samson, Srijani Sengupta, Prashant Shankar, Zenon Stepien, Hansen Wang, Matthew Wang, Yujie Wang, Kimberly Xing, Claire Yang, Matthew Yao, Jahow Yu, Hanchi Zhang, Jason Zhang, Frederick Zhao
Harikrishnan Sanil (Grade-11, Troy High), has won laurels at the International Geography Olympiad and World History Bee championships in Berlin, Germany. He was part of Team-USA, representing the United States and won two medals – a Gold Medal in Berlin Treasure Hunt & Geography Quiz (Junior Varsity); and a Bronze Medal in Berlin Conference Simulation (Junior Varsity). This was the grand finale, the culmination of a year-long series of exams (written & practical), quizzes and several other competitions in various formats at state, national and international levels. Coach: Sanil Neelakantan
Congratulations to Anish Kotnis, Senior, who received a perfect score of 36 in the ACT!