Competition in regional sports and academic contests are just one of the ways in which New York City Private & Public Schools test and sharpen their skills and talents. Competitions within a school eventually serve as only practice, as students are pitted against opponents that they know and have studied with. When students are competing outside their own school, against other school teams and in wide-ranging divisions, a real sense of wonder and accomplishment shines through.
The recent New York City Regional Science Bowl had a strong showing from a number of different NYC Private & Public Schools, with Hunter (public), Spence (private) and others showcasing their academic interests in emerging technology. Hunter College High School, an NYC public school, proudly announced the results on their webpage, along with a shout out to the Science Department advisor, Mr. Asumana Randolph who served as the advisor for both winning teams.
The New York City Regional Science Bowl took place on March 6, 2010 and our Hunter Delta team won first place in the championship round against Queens Gateway. Our Hunter Epsilon team also took third place, over long-term rivals Brooklyn Tech and Spence, matching our previous record in the 2009 Northeast Regional Science Bowl. The Delta team is now invited to advance to Nationals in Washington DC, sponsored by the US Department of Energy, as one of 32 participating teams.
The Spence School, an NYC private school, entered into the citywide Spelling Bee contest for the first time, taking in a well-earned 2nd place against 107 of the city’s best spellers.
Spence eighth grader Saidah B. earned second place in the 46th annual New York Daily News Spelling Bee, beating 105 of New York City’s best spellers. She competed strongly, only missing the word “pugilant.” “I got ‘prestidigitation,’” Saidah said. She also correctly spelled “paregoric” and “commissary.”
Saidah became eligible for the contest after coming in first in the school-sponsored Spelling Bee in November. This was the first year Spence has participated in the citywide Spelling Bee, with adoption of the program led by Spence teacher Mr. Cork as “a great community-building activity for the Middle School.”
Thomas Dumbach of Hunter College High School came in first place, correctly spelling “suasible.” He will compete in the Scrippts National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. later this year.
Dalton,an NYC private school, was taking its own accolades for numerous events of late, including a championship in the New York State Scholastic Chess Champions for the K-1 division, and a strong showing in the First Lego League City Championships Robotic contest.
The Dalton Chess Team defeated the competition at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championships February 27-28. Led by Hudson Beaudoin, the New York State Chess Champion for K-1, Dalton cruised to a landslide victory in the K-1 section, with sixteen points. The second place team was three and a half points behind with only twelve and a half points. Our Primary Team also won easily with their sixteen points, a point and a half ahead of the second place finisher.
Congratulations to Dalton’s MS Robotics team for its strong showing at the First Lego League City Championships at the Javitz Center on March 14.
Along with winning awards in areas such as robot performance, teamwork, and research on transportation issues (one team actually interviewed a Beijing engineer in Mandarin via Skype), the students also learned about the design and engineering of machines
Across the city, NYC Private & Public School students learn, grow, test and compete in order to broaden their range of understanding exploration in hundreds of different ways. From sports programs to spelling bees, from robotics contests to chess matches, there is no end to ways in which a student’s mind can and expand and learn.