Summer News & Highlights

Summer News & Highlights
Posted on 09/15/2021
Here's a look at some of the exciting news and highlights you may have missed over the summer.

For the 22nd year, students at Montclair High School recently took part in the Weston Science Scholars, a partnership between Montclair State University and the public school district that gives selected ninth, tenth and returning 11th grade students the opportunity to study science hands-on. Through the program, 38 students in six cohorts are spending five weeks using the scientific method “to study everything from racism to jellyfish,” the university said in its own announcement of the 2021 program. Topics of research include astrophysics, marine biology, evolutionary/DNA biology, hydrogeology and neuroscience, among others, English’s announcement said. In addition, the students study a mathematics component of statistics and calculus pertinent to their research. The students presented their results at a colloquium on July 28.

MHS Social Studies teacher Shana Stein was appointed to the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. The core mission of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. The mission includes providing assistance and advice to all schools in New Jersey as a means to promote the study of the Holocaust and other genocides.

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Montclair High School senior Leon Wang (pictured above) made quite a name for himself as the TikTok influencer helping students better their SAT scores. Through his fun viral videos, he connects with peers incorporating music and dance into techniques for math and reading. Read more about Wang and visit his tutoring website.

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Montclair Early Music, a non-profit organization focusing on raising awareness and appreciation of medieval and Renaissance music, announced the winners of its third Annual Recorder Challenge. Three out of the five winners are fourth graders from Montclair schools, David Aguilar, Kimaya Sayles and Avi Webber. (pictured above from left)

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Twelve Montclair middle school girls earned honors in the annual Project Computer Science Girls (PCSG) international competition. In 2021, the PCSG club looked much different than before. The club had 7 teams composed of 12 girls. Every team member placed either as a semi-finalist or finalist. Finalists were invited to attend the National Gala held virtually in August.

FINALISTS (invited to the National Gala)
Shayna Safirstein (BAMS), “Walk with Me” 
*Madeleine Young (Glenfield), “Rescue Alert”  *awarded honorable mention for her project as a finalist
Zora Tracy (BAMS), Ayla Avdicevic (BAMS), Danica Stout (BAMS), “Shielded Shelter”
Ila Bhattacharjee (BAMS), “Guide App”

SEMI-FINALISTS
Charlotte Wurmser (BAMS), Stella Castillo (Renaissance) “MSM” 
Samaara Navani (BAMS), Aaria Shah (BAMS), “Homework Helper”
Ella Reynolds (BAMS), Samantha Leftwich (BAMS) “Electric Wave Force”

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Montclair High School’s Blue Scrub Club donated $500 to Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center’s Pastoral Care department through the Partners for Health Foundation. The Blue Scrub Club’s purpose is to inspire and educate students who are interested in exploring careers in the medical field. The club hosts weekly meetings with medical professionals from a variety of fields who share their education/career journey, along with what they do on a daily basis.
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