2012 – 2013 Honors for the US & MS Music Programs
2013 North Carolina Eastern Regional Honors Orchestra Symphony: Angelica Reed
2012 ECU Choral Leadership Conference: Elise Karriker, Colin Keiper, Ben Lang, Meredith Massey
2012 North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus —Jessica Pabst
2013 Middle School Solo Festival: Superior Rating: Jessica Pabst, Sophie Lewis, Emma Mehlhop
2013 North Carolina District High School Ensemble Festival:
Oakwood Upper School Ensemble: Grace Borrelli, Ellie Cahill, Carly Conway, Miranda Daniels, Parker Ferebee, Alexis Hawk, CeeCee Highsmith, John Inzerillo, Elise Karriker, Colin Keiper, Ben Lang, Meredith Massey, Steven Mori-Chavez, Charlie Mosier, Carson Pierce, Erica Rascoe, Gretchen Smith, Erin Tucci, Baird Whichard
2013 North Carolinal High School Solo Festival: Superior Rating: Miranda Daniels, John Inzerillo, Elise Karriker, Ben Lang, Meredith Massey, Steven Mori-Chavez
2013 ACDA NATIONAL HONORS CHOIR: MEREDITH MASSEY
2013 NC GOVERNORS SCHOOL
CANDIDATE IN CHORAL MUSIC: BEN LANG
2013 North Carolina Middle School All-State Chorus: Sophie Lewis
2013 North Carolina High School All-State Chorus: Elise Karriker,
Colin Keiper, Meredith Massey
2012 NC Elementary Honors Chorus: Robert Prati, Logan Saad, Olivia Stepp
2012 NC Middle School Honors Chorus: Hayley Allen
2013 NC District Middle School Solo Festival: Superior Rating
Hayley Allen, Nate Davis, Noah Holderman, George Martin, jenny Painter, Shawnaci Sciarrino, Ava Shusterman, Hunton Warren
2013 North Carolina All-State String Ensemble: David Mehlhop
NHS, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Society, and the National Latin Honors Society Members Inducted
Three national academic societies inducted their new Upper School members recently.
The National Honor Society inducted seven new members
Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Society inducted ten sophomores and juniors including:
The National Latin Honor Society inducted into its chapter
Additionally, Rebecca Rodriguez was applauded for earning semi-finalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Rebecca is Oakwood’s fourth senior to earn such status following in the footsteps of Catherine Brown, Jon Schwartz, and Brian Schroeder. We wish her all the very best as she continues to compete for one of the coveted scholarships that will be awarded in the spring of 2013. Rebecca Rodriguez has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. She is among the 16,000 highest-scoring participants out of approximately 1.5 million program entrants. The College Board sends a list of these honorees to colleges across the country.
In addition, based on her PSAT scores, Rebecca has been selected as a 2012-2013 National Hispanic Recognition Scholar. College Board sends out these names to colleges as well.
National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955 for high school students who take the PSAT/NMSQT test (roughly 1.5 million entrants initially.) Of these entrants, 16,000 are selected as Semifinalists. In February of their Senior year, some 15,000 students out of this Semifinalist group will be selected as Finalists. Winners of scholarships are evaluated from the Finalists group based on academic record, school curricula, test scores, School Official written recommendation, student activities and leadership and the student’s own essay.
2011-2012 Academic Awards and Achievements
2012 Oakwood Merit Scholars
Ellie Cahill, Thomas Duncan, John Ferebee, Kendall Kram, Will Martin, Katie Mullett, Devon Shusterman, Brooke Smith
Math Olympiad Awards
Several students from The Oakwood School were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad program. They participated in a series of five monthly contests of 5 problems each, from November to March, and regular practice sessions under the supervision and coaching of Ann Rinaldi.
The trophy for highest individual score on the Division E team (grades 4-6) was awarded to Brian Lin, with a total score of 22 out of 25 points.
Two students on the Division E team were awarded with Honorable Mention trophies: David Mehlhop with 21 points and Nathan Davis with 20 points.
The trophy for highest individual score on the Division M team (grades 6-8) was awarded to two students who tied with a score of 11 each, Alex Adler and Trevor Fu.
The gold pin was awarded to those in the top 2% of all Math Olympiad participants worldwide. At Oakwood, Brian Lin earned this distinction.
The silver pin was awarded to those in the top 10% of all Math Olympiad participants worldwide. At Oakwood, David Mehlhop and Nathan Davis were in this extraordinary group.
The embroidered felt patch was awarded to those in the top 50% of all Math Olympiad participants worldwide. At Oakwood, 10 students achieved this distinction, including: Brian Lin (22 points); David Mehlhop (21 points); Nathan Davis (20 points); Jackson Hunt (15 points); Sam Lusk (14 points); Alex Adler and Trevor Fu (11 points); Carter Smith and Kennedy Tate (10 points); and Emma Mehlhop (8 points).
Jr. Rebecca Rodriguez has met the requirements to enter the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants out of approximately 1.5 million program entrants.
Duke TIP Honorees
The following 7th grade students have received State Recognition for their performance on the SAT or ACT
Students who have met State Recognition levels will be invited to a ceremony which will be held on the ECU campus (May 3).
The following 7th grader has also earned Grand Recognition
Students who have met Grand Recognition levels have scored at the 90% of traditional testers. They will be invited to the Grand ceremony which will be held on the Duke Campus (May 21).
Duke TIP is a program for gifted students who chose to take the SAT or ACT in 7th grade. For more info see (http://www.tip.duke.edu/node/44 )
Meanwhile, 72% of the current 6th grade qualified from their ERB scores to take the SAT/ACT for the Duke TIP program in their 2012-2013 7th grade year
Lots of math kudos: Oakwood Upper School students competed in the ECU Math Contest on 4 teams. Out of 37 schools and 520 students…
Alg I Team – 5th Place overall
Alg I – Lily Huo – 3rd place (qualifies for State level where she placed 8th in the Algebra I category of the NC State High School Math Contest – Eastern Region Finals held at Fayetteville State University!)
Comprehensive Team – 3rd Place overall
Comprehensive Top 8% – Brian Schroeder (qualifies for State level)
Private School category – 4th Place overall
Congrats to the following students!
Results in the American Mathematics Competition are as follows:
3rd place: Louis Bailey
2nd place: Michael Schroeder
1st place: Caitlyn Kram
3rd place: Ian Warren
2nd place: Jason Howell
1st place: Jon Schwartz – school winner
Brian Schroeder and Jon Schwartz have been selected as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship program.
Congratulations! National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955 for high school students who take the PSAT/NMSQT test (roughly 1.5 million entrants initially.) Of these entrants, 16,000 are selected as Semifinalists. In February of their Senior year, some 15,000 students out of this Semifinalist group will be selected as Finalists. Winners of scholarships are evaluated from the Finalists group based on academic record, school curricula, test scores, School Official written recommendation, student activities and leadership and the student’s own essay. This is a huge honor and Brian and Jon are to be commended.
The Oakwood Mathletes make up two teams this year, a Division E team (4th-6th grades) with 15 participants and a Division M team (6th-8th grades) with 8 participants. In our fourth competition, 14 Division E team participants competed and averaged 1.9 out of 5, with two students scoring perfect 5′s and two students scoring near-perfect 4′s! Five Division M team participants competed in the fourth competition and averaged 2.4 out of 5, with one student scoring a near-perfect 4 and all students scoring at least 2. This was a HUGE comeback for our Division M team, after stumbling a bit at the third competition. According to the February MOEMS Newsletter, “In Division E the “average” fourth, fifth or sixth grader for this sample scored 1.600 points. In Division M the “average” sixth, seventh or eighth grader for this sample scored 2.09 points.” Our fifth and final competition will be held on Tuesday, March 13. We have one student who is tracking to get a near-perfect 24 out of 25 for the year! We will all be rooting for him and all of his fellow Mathletes next month! Go Team!Sr. Terry Johnson is a finalist for the national art competition Dr. Seuss “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”
Jr. Rebecca Rodriguez selected for American Youth Leadership Program in Japan this summer
2012 Science Olympiad Competition 1/28/12
The students that participated in the division C NC Science Olympiad Regional competition Saturday January 28, 2012 are :
Dwight and Ethan placed first in Helicopters for our region.
Science Olympiad Middle School – 2012
The following students participated in Science Olympiad on the Middle School team at the Greenville Regional Jan 28th. There were 15 Varsity schools competing in our Division. Oakwood placed 7th with 12 of 18 students earning medals.
Jack Heins 3rd in Metric Mastery
Evan Oakley 3rd in Mission Possible
Mason Sayers 3rd in Metric Mastery
Christopher Lindbeck 3rd in Mission Possible
Syona Ayyankeril 2nd, in Towers, 4th in Write It Do It
Madison Averette 3rd in Water Quality
Matt Cahill 3rd in Mission Possible
Cassie Ueland 4th in Write It Do It
Claire Ross 3rd in Towers
Leigh Harris 3rd in Water Quality
Hayley Allen 4th in Food Science
Stasia Austin 4th in Food Science
Congratulations to Brian Schroeder who has been named a semi-finalist in the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC!
In the recent American Mathematics Competition 8, Devon Shusterman took Gold (and also made the National Honor Roll of winners by being in top 5%,) Silver went to Matthew Cahill and there was a Bronze tie with Trevor Fu and Jacob Siegel.
Louis Bailey, Michael Schroeder, Ian Warren, Lauren Moore and Jennifer Pabst have been selected to be in the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Teen’s Leadership Institute for 5 months of the 2011-2012 school year.
Senior Eric Mossman won this year’s Shakespeare Competition in a repeat performance reciting Ford from Act II, Scene ii in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Sophomore Louis Bailey (Macbeth from Macbeth Act V, Scene v) and Junior Rebecca Rodriguez ( Marina Act IV, Scene i from Pericles) tied for second. Eric will advance to the regional competition, which will be held in February.
On October 19th, 2011, Upper School students were inducted into the National Honor Society and mathematics honor society Mu Alpha Theta.
Miranda Daniels, Nichlas Engels, Jackie Hammond, Rebecca Rodriguez, John David Tennison and Albert Tucci were taken into the National Honor Society. Membership in the NHS is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Our chapter, along with more than 15,000 chapters in schools across the nation, strives to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. A student must have an average of 3.0 or higher to be invite to join.
Mu Alpha Theta is an organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics and establishing math as an integral part of high school education. Upper school students in grades 9 through 12 who have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college preparatory mathematics and in addition have completed or are enrolled in a still more advanced course are eligible for membership providing their mathematical work was done with distinction. Inductees include Morgan Boyd, Miranda Daniels, Scott Dickerson, Nichlas Engels, Victor Garrido, Lauren Moore, Dwight Rish, Kelby Roberson, Rebecca Rodriguez, Michael Schroeder, John David Tennison, and Albert Tucci.
Congratulations to all these top students!
Tar Heel Girls and Boys State
Tar Heel Girls State is a weeklong workshop in the legislative process sponsored by the North Carolina American Legion Auxiliary. North Carolina’s program is the longest continuous-running Girls State program in the United States. For a week in June, some 300 of North Carolina’s most promising rising high school senior girls come from every part of the state to learn about and participate in various parts of government.
This year, Morgan Boyd and Miranda Daniels, will be Oakwood School’s representatives at the Tar Heel Girls State program.
Tar Heel Boys State, a leadership action program, allows qualified rising male seniors to participate in a practice government course that helps students develop a working knowledge of government. Also for a week in June, Oakwood’s two participants will visit the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, to better understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society.
Congratulations to Nichlas Engels and Albert Tucci, Oakwood’s 2012 Tar Heel Boys State participants.
2010-2011 – End of Year Awards
The Duke University Talent Identification Program, also known as Duke TIP is nearing 30 years of dedicated service to the cultivation and education of talented youth. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically gifted 7th graders, based on their outstanding performance on standardized tests. These candidates are invited to complete either the SAT or the ACT, providing them an opportunity to take an advanced level test and learn more about their academic strengths. Duke TIP then provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. The goal is to assist young people with excellent mathematical or verbal aptitude. Students who qualify for Duke TIP’s State Recognition scored at or above the national average on at least one part of the SAT or ACT.
Oakwood Students qualified for the Duke TIP state recognition – Katie Mullett and Devon Shusterman.
Oakwood Scholar Awards
6th grade – Evan Oakley
7th grade – Devon Shusterman
8th grade – Bethany Garrison
9th grade - Louis Bailey
10th Grade – Lauren Moore
11th grade – Jon Schwartz
12th grade - Ellen Clark
Sue Ann Forrest
Congratulations to Oakwood for placing 2nd in the ECU Math Competition in Algebra 2 and to Michael Schroeder for placing 2nd in the individual Algebra 2 division. Michael will go on to compete at the next level.
At the Eastern Region of the State Finals, Michael placed 3rd overall! WOW!
Math Olympiad Finishes Strong!
Twenty-Eight Middle School students participated in the 5 month long competition with teams from around the world. Approximatley 150,000 students participated world wide.
The trophy for highest individual score on the team was awarded to Brian Lin, with a total score of 20 out of 25 points.
The silver pin was awarded to those in the top 10% of all Math Olympiad participants worldwide. At Oakwood, Brian Lin (20 out of 25) and Nathan Davis (18 out of 25) were in this extraordinary group.
The embroidered felt patch was awarded to those in the top 50% of all Math Olympiad participants worldwide. At Oakwood, 12 students achieved this distinction, including: Brian Lin (20 points); Nathan Davis (18 points); Matt Cahill and Trevor Fu (16 points); Michael Skahill (14 points); Hayley Allen (13 points); David Mehlhop (12 points); Alex Adler (11 points); and Rahul Daggubati, Jackson Hunt, Alison Reeg, and Jeevan Tewari (10 points).
Congratulations to The Science Olympiad Winners
2nd place in Bottle Rocket-Jack Heins and Elliott Triebenbacher
2nd place in Junkyard Challenge-Christopher Lindbeck and Evan Oakley
2nd place in Solar System-Matt Lopez and Andrew Conway
3rd place in Fossils-Aaron Lijoi and Matt Cahill
3rd place in Meterology-Mason Sayers and Jack Heins
3rd place in Shock Value-Christopher Lindbeck and Evan Oakley
2nd place in Towers-Dwight Rish
The Coastal Envirothon Middle School teams
Foxy Envirothonians (8th grade team)
Flying Eco Ninjas (8th grade team)
The Tree Musketeers (6th grade team)
The Flying Eco Ninjas will be traveling to the State Envirothon in April at Cedarock Park near Burlington. This is the third year in a row that we have made it to state. I am so proud of our Envirothon participants. Not only are the incredibly knowledgeable, but they are incredible competitors…great sportsmanship and respect for the nature of academic competitions…and they are truly role models in the realm of becoming environmental stewards!!!!
Congrats to Eric Mossman for being runner-up in the Shakespeare Regional Competition in New Bern!!
Also note those who participated in the 1st round Shakespeare school competition:
- Eric Mossman won the school Shakespeare Competition and will advance to the regional competition held in New Bern.
- Runner up at Oakwood was Sue Ann Forrest
- 3rd place went to Nick Reed.
- Ellen Clark and Louis Bailey received Honorable Mentions
Where in the World are our Geography Bee Winners?! Here they are!
- David Mehlhop (4th grade) is the 2011 Oakwood School/National Geographic Society Geography Bee champion!!
- Alex Adler placed in the top three for the second year in a row–last year he placed second as well.
- Charlie Price was our third place winner.
- These students made it to the final round:
Andrew Conway, Arth Sharma, Brandon Brillant
Please congratulate all of our contestants for taking on the challenge:
Congratulations to Arick Grootveld for placing 5th in the Eastern Regional MATHCOUNTS competition.
Congratulations also to of Aaron Barker, Ravi Tewari, Arick Grootveld, Bethany Garrison, William Martin, Matt Cahill, & Courtney Jones for competing. This was our first year participating in this competition and look forward to next year!