Student Aleena Haidari and alum Kibirti Majuto earned an opportunity to ride on a float in the New Year’s Day 2018 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California after winning an essay contest about social justice. The float, titled “Keeping the Promise,” honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other social justice advocates. Each student also received a $5,000 grant to be used for community projects or furthering their education.
At the December School Board meeting, members of the Student Investment Club donated $1,350 of their earnings to City Schoolyard Garden.
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Jonah Weissman — along with several U.Va. students — was awarded a scholarship from the SANS Institute for scoring in the top 100 of a cybersecurity program being tested in Virginia.
Student Ian Clickner’s poem, “Rap del fauno,” was published in Albricias, a student journal of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, an honor society for students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
CHS student Jacob Floyd presented his Veteran’s History Project at the “Human Side of War” presentation at Cityspace. The project is part of an annual assignment in which students interview veterans and create videos or podcasts for history teacher Matt Deegan’s classes.
The CHS BACON Club launched a giant weather balloon attached to a transmitter that was built with a laser cutter and 3D printers. Designed to be reusable, the balloon was expected to reach 100,000 feet and travel 70 mph during its one hour flight. See video of the launch here. And, speaking of 3D printers, the lab has a new one!
The CHS Zero Robotics team will travel to MIT on January 11 for the final round of the 2017 Zero Robotics contest sponsored by NASA and MIT. During the finals, CHS students’ code will control small robots aboard the International Space Station. Astonauts aboard the ISS will judge the final round of robot maneuvers while the teams watch via a live video feed.
The Sigma Lab has had a variety of cross-curricular activity. Besides the typical engineering and robotics projects, the Garden-to-Market classes and the art classes have been using the lab to help them build benches and bird houses to go around CHS. Also, educators from Shanghai recently toured the lab to learn more about creating their own STEM curriculum in China.
The AVID program was honored to host Emerging Leaders as part of the Global Leadership Initiative. AVID students also participated in a panel discussion on the teenage brain at the UVA Curry School of Education.
A group of female CHS students attended the Women’s Global Leadership Forum, hosted by U.Va as part of its bicentennial celebrations. Women from the university and around the world gathered to discuss “The Role of Women in 21st Century Democracy.”
CHS alum Kendall Ballard earned her second all-region recognition for Ohio University. Read more here.
Both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams competed in 2017 Daily Progress Holiday Hoops tournament in December. The girls finished third after defeating Western Albemarle in the final game. The boys, also competing for third place against Western, eventually fell to the Warriors. Players Nick Motley, Jessica Antwi and TC Younger were selected for the all-tournament teams.
Jess Antwi was featured in Scrimmage Play’s First Off the Floor to discuss CHS’ girls varsity basketball regular season win over rival Monticello High.
CHS golfer AJ Stouffer has been named the 2017 Central Virginia Golfer of the Year. Read about his accomplishments here.
The CHS softball facility continues to see improvement. Last winter, new dugouts were erected and this year a new infield is being installed. A special thank you to the City of Charlottesville and Parks and Recreation for aiding us in this process.
In CHS football, Ben Casarez was featured in Scrimmage Play’s First Off the Field to discuss CHS’ exciting win over Monticello High. The game completed a 5-0 record at home for the Black Knights and secured a place in the regional play-offs in Salem, VA. Player Sam Neale has committed to play football for Washington and Lee University and Rakeem Davis will play for James Madison University.
The CHS Marching Band traveled to London to march in the 2018 Lord Mayor of London’s New Year’s Day Parade. There were over half a million spectators in the streets, and it was broadcast around the world to more than 250 million people. The band presented a beautiful violin to the Lord Mayor painted by CHS alum Vail Prior.
Charlotte MacDonald was the first recipient of a $1000 scholarship from The Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Control Board.
The annual CHS Symphony Choir Concert and Fine Arts showcase will be held on January 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the MLK-PAC.
The CHS Theater department came home with a host of awards from the Virginia Theatre Association State High School Festival. The CHS one-act play earned finalist (top 6 in VA), the improv team earned second, and the tech Olympics team placed third. Additionally, there were many individual award recipients and several college call-backs. Plans are now underway for CHS Theatre’s next productions, South Pacific and The Tempest.