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Ultimate Frisbee Team Excels
Congratulations to the Ultimate Frisbee Club for their recent wins. Made up of students from West, Rowland Hall, Hillside, and SLCSE these Krakens boys won 2nd place at the Daweena Ultimate Tournament and the Gorillaz girls won 2nd place at the Lone Peak Tournament!
Vocal Solo Ensemble FestivalCongratulations are in order! At State Vocal Solo Ensemble Festival Saturday, April 27th at Northridge High, the following students represented West singing with such grace and style classical solo pieces: Stephen Grant- SUPERIOR RATING, Nano Feletoa- excellent rating, Livia Zhang- last year's state piano solo winner volunteered her time and energy to accompany Nano's solo for region and state, Melanie Woodbury- SUPERIOR RATING
A'cappella friends and student families are so proud! It was encouraging to interact with families in attendance and experience a first time at State.
West High School student is finalist in Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award – $5,000 college scholarship
Many of us volunteer, but one West High School student has dedicated her life to humanitarianism and is receiving recognition for her outstanding service. She may even win a $5,000 scholarship for her commitment to service at the Youthlinc Annual Benefit on May 11th at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Though our society recognizes young people for their accomplishments in sports and academics, the Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award celebrates outstanding humanitarian service among Utah youth, sponsored by the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. All finalists who will be attending the University of Utah will receive a matching scholarship from the Union Scholarship Fund. Youthlinc’s Local Service Director, Shannon Moss, believes this is a particularly important Award because “it celebrates young people who are making a difference and creating change wherever and however they can.”
Out of this year’s 131 applicants, West High School senior, Mishka Banuri, is 1 out of 5 high school finalists for the 2019 scholarship. Mishka Banuri is an 18 year old organizer from Salt Lake City. As a Pakistani-American Muslim, she wants to build bridges among her different communities and empower them. She is the co-founder of the Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, an organization that engages young people in the environmental movement and is focused on connecting environmental and social justice issues. She also does anti-Islamophobia work, and is the Ambassador Director of the Emerald Project, an organization that is dedicated to fighting the misrepresentation of Islam through dialogue. She wants to build spaces for young Muslims in Utah where they feel safe from Islamophobia. Mishka is also a Teen Council member with Planned Parenthood, and teaches a variety of topics to her peers.
The winner of the Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Awards will be announced at the Youthlinc Annual Benefit on May 11th at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Visit the Youthlinc website for more details www.youthlinc.org. For more information about this Award, please contact Shannon Moss, Youthlinc Local Service Director, email@example.com.
Young Entrepreneur Award
Congratulations to Derek Che, Sam and Charlie Bankowsky, Zander Bagley, Jacquline Hyun, Finn Baille, and James Colbert for receiving the young entrepreneur award of $1000 from the bench to bedside competition at the U. They designed an app to help with nonadherence of patients taking their medications and competed against mostly college students!!
Robot Team Excels at Regional
The Robot Team spent most of their spring break getting ready and competing in the Utah FRC Regional. A four-day event, the Utah Regional takes place annually at the Maverick Center, and costs about $200,000 to host and operate, with about 50 volunteers and hundreds of participants. Although the competition is in Utah, only about half of the teams come from out of state, including a team from China and two teams from Mexico. The Utah teams are mostly from private/charter schools such as Waterford and Judge Memorial or from community groups like the Leonardo Museum, which can afford the hefty fees associated with the competition. One of the Mexican teams, LamBot, won the competition, which was their third regional this year. They had already won the Mexico City Regional, the Monterry California Regional and now the Utah Regional. They were allied with veteran teams from the Bay Area and San Diego. West High was one of a handful of Utah public high school teams that competed. We finished 43/49 after qualifying rounds, primarily because we focused on defensive strategies instead of offensive. We were selected by the 3rd seed alliance to participate in the playoffs due to our defensive prowess. Our alliance ultimately was defeated by the 2 seed in the semifinals after a close match. Special thanks to the following folks who won awards:
Elijah Greenfield for Safety Star and leading our team to the Safety Award, Sophie Byde for Dean’s List Semi-Finalist, Olivia Hutten for Dean’s List Semi-Finalist, Enrique Arce-Larreta for Woody Flowers Award Mentor Award
Thank you to our drive team: Ross Kilpatrick (team CEO/Captain), August Muller (Hardware Captain), Rodrigo Gallegos-Molano, Alex Jolley, Olivia Hutten
Thank you to our Pit Crew: Ian Eggleston, Pedro Ramirez, Scarlett Cortes, Anastasia Dunca, Robert Morelli
Thank you to our Scouts: Torin Turner, Tom Zhang, Lam Nguyen, Kellen Wu
And our teacher and parent volunteers: Alison Bulson, Christian Edgar, Dan Hutten, Stephanie Thatcher
Thanks to our teacher mentors who could not attend: Patrick Doty. Thank you to our teammates who could not attend due to travel or other circumstances, or anyone missed .Thank you to our sponsors, including our top level sponsors: Marathon, Rio Tinto, Google Fiber, Department of Defense and STEM Action Center.
West Debate wins the UHSAA 2019 5A State Championship
The public forum debaters lead the way with all four teams earning superiors, followed by the policy debate teams who ultimately shared co-champion honors after their success in elimination rounds. West also cleared to elimination rounds in Lincoln-Douglas, student congress, national extent, and oratory. This victory is West Debate’s second consecutive championship. The team now turns its focus to preparing for national competitions. Individual achievements are noted below
Public forum: Teams Marissa Goodman & Tejita Agarwal and Nick Carlin & Noa Taussky are quarterfinalists.
Teams Jane Galian & Zach Braford and Lauren Bacon & Lauren Berensen are semifinalists.
Teams Kiyan Banuri & Ramis Banuri, Matthew Kim & Kenny Nelson, Madeline Galian & Hanna Rice, and Dylan Hefley & Isaiah Ortiz are co-champions.
Lizzie Peterson is a quarterfinalist.
Olivia Hoffmann is a finalist and Tyler Shumway is the state champion.
Alicia Du won second place
Original Oratory: Arianna Meinking is a finalist.
West High School just took 1st place at the state MathCounts competition earlier today. We even had 3 of the 10 countdown round winners from our school. Please help us congratulate the following people
West High Team Winners
Marianne Lui* (2nd place overall)
Chloe Parke (8th place overall)
Diya Oommen (10th place overall)
*Marianne Lui also qualified for the national team and will be going to Orlando in May to compete with the top 200 math students in the nation.
We also had three students qualify from the AMC A exam for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. We may get a few more students qualify later in the week.AIME Qualifiers
National Recognition for FBLA
Join us in congratulating the following members of our FBLA club on receiving National recognition for Business Achievement Awards. The FBLA Business Achievement Awards (BAA) is an intensive leadership development program that recognizes FBLA members for achievements in a variety of career-related projects, goals, and programs:
Future Level: Mark Guerra-Garcia, Sylvia Xi, and Alicia Zhang
Business Level: Mark Guerra-Garcia and Sylvia Xi
Our local West Chapter also received National recognition for achieving the following awards and will receive pins and recognition at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio this summer:
West High School also received from the National FBLA the FBLA Outstanding Chapter Recognition Award. FBLA chapters must complete twenty (20) membership, community service, and education activities in order to receive this award.
This is the first time that West High School has ever received any of these awards!