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Students at The Nysmith School have many different abilities and interests. Our environment encourages each child to do their best without a fear of failure. We nurture your child’s talents and help them excel. Our philosophy about competition is not about winning, it’s about the joy of participating in the competition. We encourage your child to follow their passion, do their best, and be happy with the result. Below are some of the achievements made by our students in recent years.
Nysmith student Kaien Yang was awarded the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation for his vision and promise as an innovator who, in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, demonstrated aptitude and skill in technical and mathematical concepts both with his science fair project and throughout team challenges. Kaien created an app that uses statistical data to predict the risk for major depressive disorder with an accuracy of 93 percent.
Broadcom MASTERS winners were chosen from the 30 top finalists (15 girls and 15 boys) from 15 states, 28 public and private schools and one home school. Winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, engineers and educators. The finalists were selected from 2,342 nationwide competitors nominated by judges at 300 state and regional science fairs from 49 states and 4 US territories.
Congratulations to 8th grade student Kaien Yang for winning 3rd place in the nation at the 2016 3M Science Competition held in St. Paul, MN. Kaien developed a way to use pumpkin seed oil to create both a biodiesel and bioplastic that reduces emissions and pollution from plastic.
Since its inception in 2008, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. It targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate inventions on national television programs.
To see the press release about the winners, click here: https://corporate.discovery.com/blog/2016/10/19/discovery-education-and-3m-announce-2016-science-competition-winner/
For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, go to www.YoungScientistChallenge.com.
The 6th grade Odyssey of the Mind team, the Nysmith Brainy Bunch, had an amazing presentation at the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Over 800 teams from around the world gathered in Ames to compete in the OM World Championship.
The Nysmith Brainy Bunch kicked off the competition as the first team to present their long-term presentation, a creative solution to the Division 2 Problem 2 technical problem entitled, “Something Fishy.”
The team’s solution took the judges on a Mars odyssey to find life on their life-like set resembling the surface of Mars. Their innovative catch devices caught moving items that appeared at different distances throughout the set. The team used a complicated remote reaching device with a handcrafted claw, a pulley system driven Mars rover, and a crab trap inspired entrapment device to catch moving items that were set in motion by team created automata devices.
The team created an amazing illusion of a required “weather change” by use of camouflage, magnets, and pulley devices that simulated a Martian dust storm. The team also used artistry, engineering, origami, live music, as well as a song and dance to present their long-term solution.
Sixth grader Sean Gillen narrated the presentation as the humorous “catch character” Chewy Beldar–Martian extraordinaire. Christian Schipma played “Dave,” the astronaut fisher character who along with Astronauts Chandler Wimmer and Ashley Nguyen “Cosmo Couture” worked to operate the team’s technical devices. Spencer Huang played multiple characters including the “PAL 9000,” “Siri,” and “Agent Moulder–FBI.” Emma Jing played the role of Mission Control wowing the crowd with her live piano performance throughout the presentation of the theme song from “2001 A Space Odyssey,” the theme song from the “X-files,” and an Etude by Chopin to accompany the team’s weather change.
The teams devices, set, and costumes were made with recycled trash with a total value less than $145 dollars.
This first-time World Finalist team has worked for countless hours since the first weeks of school to research and create their long term solution and to practice spontaneous problem solving skills to earn the Regional and Virginia State titles, prerequisites to achieving a World Finalist slot.
The team had an excellent showing at Worlds, competing against highly competitive and seasoned 6-8th grade teams from 50 states and 25 countries, placing 13th in the world. Thanks to coaches Scott Schipma & Jackie Becker, as well as the parents of all of the team members who worked together throughout the year to coach spontaneous problem solving multiple days each week.
Congratulations Sean, Christian, Ashley, Chandler, Emma, and Spencer on a job well done and for representing Nysmith with pride!!!
We are so excited to share the news that The Nysmith School has been awarded “Best Private Elementary School” from PoshSeven Magazine in their POSH SEVEN BEST OF KIDS 2016 WINNERS Survey.
BEST PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
NYSMITH SCHOOL FOR THE GIFTED
13625 EDS Drive, Herndon, VA 20171
“The students and teachers at Nysmith School for the Gifted find a true joy in learning and are involved in a variety of engaging educational activities. From preschool to eighth grade, your child will receive a quality education that takes a truly hands-on approach that will prepare them for future academic careers. From grammar, reading, and creative writing to computer programming, science labs, and drama, Nysmith School focuses on learning in a variety of academic and enrichment capacities.
Ted on Facebook praises Nysmith School for the Gifted: ‘Absolutely the top choice and experience for differentiated, advanced learners, STEM preparation, and readiness for the diversity and rigors of continued advanced education. Very small, focused classes with exceptional teaching staff and extremely responsive administration. Heads and shoulders above any other K-8 program, public or private, in the entire Northern Virginia area, particularly Western Fairfax/Eastern Loudoun (i.e., the Dulles area).’”
For more information click here.
On Saturday, June 10, 2017, The Nysmith School hosted the World Robot Olympiad.
Three Nysmith 5th graders were on the top two teams in the Elementary Division: Disha B., Kinnari C., and Ishnoor B.
In the Junior High Division, the all-Nysmith team “Ctrl Freaks” placed second. The teammates were Rohan R., Neha R., and Nicholas B.
All of these winners will be heading to Nationals at the University of North Carolina in September. Congratulations!
WRO-USA is a national member of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), an international robot competition that brings together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity, design & problem-solving skills through challenging & educational robot competitions and activities.
WRO-USA organizes competitions throughout the US at regional, state, and national levels. Top teams from the national level competition earn an invitation to the World Championships.
Participants work together with a coach in teams or two or three students to perform new tasks every year. Teams create, design and build a robot model that is capable to perform a challenge. Each year a new theme and challenge are set. The competition starts from preliminary rounds to the final judging.
Children aged between 8 and 19 years can participate in one of the three competition categories: Regular, Open or Football Category on. Participants between the ages of 17 and 25 years old can participate in the Advanced Robotics Challenge Category.
The National History Bee National Championship took place in Atlanta, GA, June 1-3, 2017. It is the final stage of the National History Bee competition. Each competitor participates in several Buzzer and Test Rounds over the course of two days to determine the National History Bee Grand Champion in each grade division.
Congratulations to Nysmith seventh-grader Aaron J., who placed 7th in the Nation!
Anand A. and Vikram B. represented The Nysmith School at the American Computer Science League contest in Los Angeles, CA, in May 2017.
They were awarded 1st Place for Computer Theory.
A team representing Nysmith School recently earned Highest Honors in the 2016-17 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The fourth grade team scored an impressive 193 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing second in the nation. The fourth graders also placed first nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 573 points out of a possible 600.
Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth graders Rabia Chadha, Rishabh Kumaran and Henry Pan each earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet. Nationally, only 35 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students at Nysmith School who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include fourth graders Vivian Bejtlich, Charlotte Gabriel, Aurora Holloway, Ananya Kakayadi, Arielle Kouyoumdjian, Alex Landry, Lindsey Newberg and William Strong.
Fourth graders Rishabh Kumaran and Henry Pan also earned individual Highest Honors in the overall. Rishabh was the only fourth grader in the nation to achieve a perfect score of 60 points in his division. Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Aisha Enayatulla.
The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com
Congratulations to sixth-grader Brantley G., who was awarded a Virginia Association for the Gifted Student Summer Scholarship!
Brantley won the $625 scholarship to attend the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development summer program 2017 where he will take JAVA Advanced Programming, an AP level high school course.
He was one of only 12 students, grades K – 12, who received the award!
Thanks to Mr. Fremlin, who has been a mentor and an advocate, for supporting Brantley’s application for the AP level course and the scholarship.
TJ BioCode is a bioinformatics-centered programming competition.
Six Nysmith students participated in the contest at Thomas Jefferson High School last month: Brantley Gilliard (Team Watson), Auguste Rame (Team Curie), Anand Advani (Ultracoders), Anantha Bojji (Team Berners-Lee), Luke Thistlethwaite (DNA Dudes), and Vikram Bala (DNA Dudes).
DNA Dudes won first place in the middle school category and Ultracoders won ninth place. All participants performed incredibly well considering the difficulty of the problems in the context of both biology and computer science.
These problems were meant for college level students, and it is an incredible feat that these middle school students were able to solve some of them. Great effort and experience!
Nysmith seventh-grader Anand Advani achieved a perfect score on the 2017 Introduction to Latin National Latin Exam.
Only 299 students out of over 15,000 who participated in the entire United States, Taiwan, Canada, England, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Netherlands, China, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Belize, France, Spain, Zimbabwe, and the United Arab Emirates attained this distinction.
What an extraordinary achievement! We are so proud of Anand!
To view the full award letter, click here: Latin Exam 2017.
Nysmith students dominated the DC Urban Debate League Tournament at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 20th.
Competing undefeated in five rounds of debate in the Varsity Division, Ben Joel and Aaron Joy placed first, and Alex Joel and Caroline Huber took second place. Two other teams of Nysmith students, Cami Heik and Anvi Kalyana, and Raed Mirza and Sankrith Ramani, placed third and fourth respectively.
Congratulations to Rushil Kukreja! He won the Grand Prize Award for 2nd grade in the 4th Annual SCI Math Minds contest held Saturday, May 6th, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Thomas Jefferson High School principal Dr. Evan Glazer presented Rushil with his award and a check for $150!
The Nysmith Band competed on Friday, May 5th at the Music In The Parks Festival at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
The Beginning Band won 1st place, Intermediate Band won 3rd place and Jazz Band won 1st place.
Eighth-grader Vance Kreider won the Best Jazz Soloist award and medal out of hundreds of students participating in the festival!
Congrats to our North South Foundation Regional Winners!
Junior Spelling: 1st place, Rushil Kukreja
Senior Spelling: 3rd place, Sahithi Alturi
Math Level 1: 1st place, Rushil Kukreja; 2nd place, Riya Srikumar
Math Level 2: 2nd place, Vidhi Sharma
Intermediate Science: 1st place Vidhi Sharma
Contests organized by the North South Foundation (NSF) in the U.S. are designed to encourage academic excellence among children in grades K-12. The NSF conducts contests in spelling, vocabulary, math, essay writing, public speaking, neuroscience and geography. Some of the NSF children have achieved top ranks in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, MATHCOUNTS and National Geographic Bee.
For more information on the North South Foundation, visit: http://www.northsouth.org/public/main/home.aspx
Vance Kreider finished in the top 16 at Saturday’s You Be the Chemist Virginia State Challenge. The competition took place at the MathScience Innovation Center in Henrico, Virginia.
Way to go, Vance!
Congratulations to the seventh and eighth grade students on their phenomenal performance on the ACL/NJCL National Latin Exam! The National Latin Exam covers Latin grammar, vocabulary, history, geography and mythology.
This year the exam was taken by over 149,000 students in all 50 states and 16 other countries.
Nysmith seventh grade students earned 24 awards, including one perfect score!
Matthew Li’s Vex IQ Robotics team (999A) took part in the 2017 VEX Worlds VEX IQ Challenge competition in Louisville, KY, and won the highest award from the competition: the Excellence Award. The team is thrilled, and we at Nysmith are very proud!
The Nysmith School Debate Team competed April 8, 2017, at the Maya Angelou French Immersion School Public Forum Tournament. Students debated one of our most difficult topics: The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.
Congratulations to the following students!
1st place – Sankrith Ramani and Raed Mirza
3rd place – Anvi Kalyana and Cami Hiek
6th place – Mika Dewar and Alisha Luthra
Two eighth-grade Nysmith students, Alex Joel and Caroline Huber, placed first in the novice division at the DC Urban Debate League High School Tournament at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC, on Saturday, April 15th. Debating for the first time in a high school tournament, Alex and Caroline won the championship after competing in five rounds of debate.
Eighth-grader Anuraag K. scored a perfect 120/120 at the annual national competition Math Kangaroo USA held in March 2017, earning him first place for Level 8 in Virginia and in the nation!
Way to go, Anuraag!
On March 25, 2017, the 4th-grade Nysmith School Odyssey of the Mind team, comprised of Henry Pan, Anaahita Kaashyap, Nyla Kathuria, Veer Dabbi, Austin Greene, Anderson Jones, and Rishabh Kumaran represented The Nysmith School with distinction. Their creative solution and performance resulted in the First Place title in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition.
The team, coached by Vernice Gibson-Jones and former Nysmith student Maxwell Jones, competed in the Division II Technical Problem entitled, “Odd-A-Bot.” The team impressed the judges with their hand-crafted Odd-A-Bot ‘robot’ that (1) witnessed and duplicated four human activities, then (2) applied the movements in a new way, producing humorous results. The long-term solution to this technical problem was set in the Robocup, a world cup competition for robots.
The team will advance to the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition on April 1st, 2017!
Congrats to our creative problem solvers!
The Nysmith Science Bowl® team of Kaien Yang (Captain), Aneesh Edava, Anuraag Kaashyap and Yuvy Sethi won the 2017 Virginia State Championship title on March 4th, 2017, at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA.
The Nysmith team will represent Virginia at the National Science Bowl Finals to be held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center just outside of Washington, D.C., April 27 – May 1.
The team had a stellar performance demonstrating in-depth subject matter area knowledge, outstanding problem-solving skills and teamwork. The team went undefeated in all matches. The team credits the success to the strong support from The Nysmith School and the parents who coached them.
On Saturday, March 4th, 2017, Vance and Alisha represented the Nysmith School at the You Be the Chemist Local Challenge held at Marymount University.
Vance achieved 4th place and will compete in the YBTC State Challenge in April. Congratulations!
The results of the March 2017 DCUDL debate tournament are in and several Nysmith students had exemplary performances. The topic was “Resolved: The United States should no longer pressure Israel to work towards a two-state solution”.
Eighth-grade students Alex and Vikram places 1st overall in the varsity division.
Sarang and McKenzie placed 2nd overall in the varsity division.
Congratulations to all our students who represented the Nysmith School and performed exceptionally well and to their coach, Ms. Dragg.
The debate took place at Woodbridge Friendship School on Saturday, March 4th.
The AMC 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examination in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade.
The results of the February 2017 AMC 10 are in and several Nysmith students had exemplary performances.
Eighth-grader Anuraag Kaashyap was our top scorer with a result of 114, which puts him in the top 2.5% of all scorers and earned him an invitation to sit for the AIME Test. The AIME Test is the second of two tests used to qualify students for the USA Mathematical Olympiad.
Eighth-grader Yuvraj Sethi also had a strong test finishing second in the school with a score of 109.5.
Zani Xu, a fifth-grader (!) was third in the school, coming in just behind Yuvraj at 108.
In addition, Anand Advani (grade 7) and Whitman Ochiai (grade 8) received Certificates of Achievement for scoring above 90.
In December 2016, the Nysmith Debate Club participated in the Public Forum DCUDL Maya Angelou French Immersion School Tournament.
Students debated the following topic:
Resolved: The United States should end Plan Colombia.
Congratulations to the Nysmith Debate Club for the following achievements:
1st Place – McKenzie Hiek and Sarang Arun
2nd Place – Emma Bennett and Tanvi Bhave
The Nysmith School Debate Club competed in the Metro Speech and Debate Association Emerson Preparatory School Public Forum Tournament in November 2016.
Thirty teams and seven different schools participated debating the topic:
Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the Internet of Things outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy.
A big congratulations to the Nysmith Debate Club for the following achievements:
1st Place – Anuraag Kaashyap and Alex Joel
3rd Place – Vikram Bala and Alex Misiaszek
3rd place – Emma Bennett and Tanvi Bhave
Kaien Yang was named one of the top 30 finalists in the nation in the Broadcom MASTERS®, the nation’s prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) middle school competition. Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and record high of 2,343 applicants in 49 states and four territories.
Kaien will compete in DC from October 27-November 2, 2016 in the final competition for some amazing opportunities and scholarships. This competition will test students’ abilities in STEM, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
Kaien’s project description: iDiagnostic: Invention of an Early Detection Tool for Major Depressive Disorder, will be showcased October 29th, 1-4pm at the National Geographic Society in DC.
“The Society is proud to celebrate this impressive group of middle school scientists and engineers. Middle school is an important age to encourage participation in STEM subjects and create science minded citizens. The top 30 finalists will make a great impact—as role models in their communities inspiring younger students to try their hands at independent research projects, and will change the world with their big ideas,” said Maya Ajmera, President and Chief Executive Officer of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News.
Additional information about the competition can be found here.
Nysmith students Ajit Kadaveru and Kaien Yang (pictured) were invited to compete as part of a 15-person Fairfax American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) team at Penn State University. The Fairfax team won 1st place in the Nation among the 42 Division B teams and ranked No. 25 among all 131 teams competing in the nation.
The ARML holds annual competition for high school students, although some exceptional middle school students attend each year. The competition consists of several events, which include a team round, a power question, an individual round, two relay rounds, and a super relay. Simply put, ARML is the World Series of mathematics competitions.
Additional information about ARML can be found here.
Congratulations to Aaron Joy, Elise Bejtlich, Sean Bender-Prouty, Misha Brancato, Anand Advani, Anuraag Kaashyap, Vance Kreider, Casey Willard, and Justin Ward.
Aaron Joy & Elise Bejtlich were Regional Finalists and Aaron Joy won the Regional Champion for the Elementary Division. Anuraag Kaashyap & Vance Kreider were also Regional Finalists & Anuraag won the Regional Champion for the 7th grade division.
Congratulations to all the students and coaches!
A team representing Nysmith School achieved Highest Honors in the 2015-2016 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.
The fourth grade team scored an impressive 197 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing first in the nation.
Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge, fourth graders Cameron Ake, Ella Greene, Joseph Grossman, Aanya Kolli, Hanna Park, Claire Tarallo and Zani Xu each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 32 fourth graders achieved this result.
Other students from Nysmith School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fourth graders Sahithi Atluri, Kinnari Chaubal, Samuel Cottrell, Jayden Johnson, Ryan Kim, Ava Lawless, Kelvin Nguyen, Amal Wooldridge and Brian Zhou. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Laura Buch and Aisha Enayatulla.
The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem-solving contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students’ interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.
During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to enrich their problem-solving experiences.
Nysmith 5th-grade students participated in the spring 2016 contest. We had one perfect score, 10 students who placed on the National Honor Roll with a score of 85 and above, and 30 students who were given Honorable Mention with a score of 55 and above.
Congratulations 5th graders!
For more information: http://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest/
Nysmith students excelled at the 3rd Annual Fairfax County Elementary and Middle School Science and Engineering Fair organized by Pinnacle Academy, Broadcom MASTERS and College of Science, George Mason University on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The competition includes three divisions Division I (grades 1-3), Division II (grades 4-5), and Division III (grades 6–8) with two categories in each division: Earth and Life Sciences, Physical Science and Engineering.
Kaien Yang placed 1st in Division III Life and Earth Sciences and won special award from George Mason University for outstanding application of mathematics in the project. In addition, Kaien Yang was nominated by the judges to participate in the premier national science and engineering competition for middle school students Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars).
Luke Thistlethwaite won 3rd place for Division III Life and Earth Sciences, Annabel Lian won honorable mention for Division III Physical Science and Engineering, Broadcom MASTERS nominee.
Awseome job to all the Nysmith students who participated this year including,: Anand Advani (6th), Alex Misiaszek (7th), Ella Greene (4th), Kirthi Kumar (8th), Neha Bhat (8th), Neil Morgan (5th), Caroline Kaczmarskyj (6th), Arielle Kouyoumdjian (3rd) .
Congratulations to our Nysmith team who placed second overall in the 2016 Virginia State Math contest. The Virginia State Math contest was for students in grades 3-6. The team consisted of Ryan Kim, Aiden Kim, Vidhi Sharma and Zani Xu. They did an excellent job!
Additionally, these students also competed individually and performed well:
Zani and Aiden both advanced to next level and qualified to go to the National Contest on June 11th, 2016 in Houston, TX.
In April 2016 Nysmith students competed in the DC Urban Debate League Holy Trinity Championships.
The topic was a difficult one: To alleviate income inequality in the United States, increased spending on public infrastructure should be prioritized over increased spending on means-tested welfare programs.
Nysmith received various accolades:
Most wins over the school year, 3rd place: The Nysmith School
4th place Speaker Award, Open: McKenzie Hiek
4th place Team, Open: Sarang Arun and McKenzie Hiek
3rd place Team, Open: Justin Ward and Bhavjeet Sanghera
DCUDL Coach of the Year: Nysmith’s own Maria-Theresa Dragg
On April 16, 2016, Brian Zhou participated in the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Science Bowl Competition and won first place!
Way to go Brian. Congratulations!
In April 2016 Ben Silverman, Tarina Ahuja, and Yash Somaiya competed in the ESU MSPDP National Tournament in Allentown, NJ.
The topics were:
The US should establish a no-fly zone in Syria.
The US should have compulsory voting in general elections.
Schools should require cameras in classrooms.
Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court career did more good than harm.
Scientists should use cloning technology to resurrect animals made extinct by humans.
The US should adopt the metric system.
A big congratulations to team SAS as they brought home Top School in the Nation and Top School for the DC League!!
Congratulations Nysmith Sixth Grade Odyssey of the Mind Team! They are Virginia State Champions and Advance to World Finals in Ames, Iowa!
On Saturday April 16th, 2016, the sixth-Grade Odyssey of the Mind team (the Nysmith Brainy Bunch) traveled to Newport News, Virginia to compete in the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind Competition.
This team comprised of Ashley Nguyen, Christian Schipma, Sean Gillan, Emma Jing, Spencer Huang, and Chandler Wimmer, have been working together for countless hours over the past 7 months creating six creative technical devices, a spectacular set on the surface of Mars, and a presentation meeting all of the problem 2 technical problem specifications. Three of the creative devices created movement of specified catch items, and 3 of the “catching devices” were used to catch the moving items from a variety of distances.
The team created their devices, set, and costumes primarily from trash and recycled items that were collected from many Nysmith families friends and neighbors. These items were creatively repurposed into devices, backdrops, costumes, and other required items.
The team wowed the crowd and the judges in both their long term presentation, and their creative solution to the spontaneous portion of the competition. The team will advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in May at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition requiring teamwork, creativity, technical building/engineering skills, and presentation skills. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Students bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries, to include China, Singapore, Poland, India, Germany, & Korea, participate in the competition.
Congratulations to Vance and Anand!
Vance and Anand were two of only 30 students in Virginia, from an original pool of 2874, who qualified to participate in the You Be The Chemist Virginia State Challenge™. They were among the six Fairfax/Arlington Local Challenge Finalists. Vance and Anand represented Nysmith School proudly, demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout the State Challenge. Vance was a semi-finalist in the Challenge, finishing in fourth place.
The National Science Bowl® (NSB) for middle school was established in 2002, and is a competitive event for middle school students. School teams compete in a fast-paced question and answer format to solve technical problems in the science and math fields. More than 4,500 middle school students compete each year in the NSB. This is one of the nation’s largest science competitions and was created by the Department of Energy to encourage students to excel in math and science.
Each school that participates has a team of 4 students with one alternate and a coach. The team that represented Nysmith School consisted of Vaibhav Sharma, Ajit Kadaveru, Anusha Allamsetty, Ishaan Kumar, Kaien Yang and Coach Venkata Allamsetty.
The middle school competition that Nysmith students competed in, consisted of two types of competition – Academic Science and Math Competition and an Electric Car Race Competition.
The Nysmith team performed very well in the round robin stage of the Academic Competition and secured 3rd place in their division. They lost only to Fort Settlement Middle School of TX (last year’s champions) and to Marshall Middle School from IL (lost by a margin of only 4 points).
In the Electric Car Race Competition the students were given the motor, battery and parts and were asked to design, build, and race their car. Nysmith team built a car with an innovative gear design. This was a great hands-on experience where their creative engineering skills would come in to play. The Nysmith students missed advancing to the next round by 1 second.
This was a wonderful experience for all students. The students had a taste of what it is like to compete at the National Level with the best teams that represent each state. Most importantly, they had lots of fun, staying in their dorms and sleeping in their bunk beds, playing pool, basketball and volley ball in their free time, wearing a different science bowl t-shirt each day, and enjoying unlimited desserts.
A big congratulations to the students, coach Venkata Allamsetty and parents that showed commitment and dedication.
More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.
On March 19th, 2016, the Nysmith School Debate Team competed at the DCUDL Two Rivers Public Forum Debate Tournament and were very successful! Two teams made it to the final four and competed in the final rounds.
The topic was: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.
Congratulations to Vikram B. and Alex M. for winning first place team and 3rd and 1st speaker award as well as Justin W. and Bhavjeet for placing 4th!
These two teams will advance to nationals public forum competition in Salt Lake City, UT in June 2016.
Also a big congratulations to Ben, Yash, and Tarina for making it to the parliamentary debate nationals competition in New Jersey in April 2016.
The National Mythology Exam (NME) is given to over 10,000 students in approximately 400 schools around the United States and in several foreign countries. The exam is designed to motivate students to learn about Classical Mythology and Literature. The number of questions that students must answer and variety of topics on which they are tested depends on their grade level and course of study. Our students took the required portion on basic Greek and Roman Mythology plus two extra sections; one was based on transformation myths and the other on The Aeneid: Book I.
Fifty-three Nysmith students in sixth grade took the exam.
Eighteen of those students earned perfect scores and Gold Medals: Aryann Hussain, Ishaan Kumar, Kirthi Kumar, Anna Nielsen, Lieselotte Dubert, Christopher Gaston, Ben Silverman, Taya Lasota, Andrew Jing, Jansi Patel, Grace Morgan, Vaibhav Sharma, Arman Darbar, Tarina Ahuja, Owen Krause, Sophie Rofheart, Aashna Sharma, and Yash Somaiya.
Another 16 students earned 96% or higher and Silver Medals: Cameron Sabet, Ella Subramanian, Neha Bhat, Khinezin Win, Bhavjeet Sanghera, Anusha Allamsetty, Liliana Suzuki, Alan Chang, Courtney Nguyen, Megan Wenig, Aanika Singh, Ethan Bean, Monica Saraf, Gabrielle Byas, Anna Blasdell, and Annabel Lian.
Ten students earned 90% or above and Bronze Medals: Rhea Shah, Boeun Yoon, Brian Kardan, Devin Host, Ethan Sze, Max McLaughlan, Julia Landry, Arjun Bhungalia, Kennedy Saunders, and Tad Berkery.
That translates to 83% of Nysmith students who took the NME earning awards. Only 43% of students who took the exam nationally earned awards. We are so proud of our sixth graders!
Nysmith Alumna Sreya Atluri has been given the prestigious honor of being inducted into the first ever Carson Scholars Hall of Fame.
See Sreya’s profile on the Hall of Fame website:
The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities.
At the start of their 20th anniversary season in 2015, they introduced the first ever Carson Scholars Fund Hall of Fame, a year-long celebration of individuals whose lives and careers are an integral part of the Fund’s history.
The mission of the Hall of Fame is to honor outstanding Carson Scholar Alumni who are representative of CSF’s mission – those who have demonstrated success and excellence in the work force, who have excelled academically and who have made significant contributions in their communities.
The First Lego League team, Structile Robotum, is going to States! This team, lead by Smitha Regi and Denise Gillen secured themselves a spot at the State Tournament for the second year in a row. The team won 1st place for their project; a program and website designed to extend the life of electronic devices. Their project aims to reduce the growing world wide problem of electronic waste.
In October, they presented their project to representatives at the World Bank. The team also toured Securis to learn about recycling computer components.
Congratulations to Neha Regi, Rohan Regi, Kylie Gillen, Sean Gillen, Grayson Newell, and Anoushka Upadhye.
On November 7, 2015, two of our Model UN club members had strong showings at an international conference at George Washington University. Aryaan Hussein won Honorable Mention and Cameron Sabet won Verbal Accommodations.
Sixth-grade student Grayson Newell tied for the highest SCAT score out of 2600 students in 2015.
His awesome score also resulted in High Honors from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search.
The School and College Ability Test (SCAT) is a standardized test conducted in the United States that measures math and verbal reasoning abilities in gifted children.
Ten Nysmith students were invited to the second annual Fairfax Science and Engineering fair at George Mason in May 2015.
Shaan Bhandarkar, Richard Lun, Annabel Lian, and Yash Somaiya represented Nysmith in the oldest Division IV category, while Caroline Huber, Grayson Newell, and Kaien Yang represented Nysmith in Division III and Sahithi Atluri, Aaron Joy and Vidhi Sharma represented Nysmith in Division II.
Each division had two categories: Earth and Life Sciences and Physical Science and Engineering.
Nysmith students Shaan Bhandarkar and Richard Lun placed first in each Division IV category, and Kaien Yang placed first in the Life Sciences.
Vidhi Sharma placed first and Sahithi Sharma second in Division II.
Kaien Yang was awarded the Pasco Scientific Overall Award.
Congratulations to everyone!
Congratulations to the Nysmith 7th grade Parliamentary debate team, consisting of Emma Jing, Ethan Yu, and Christian Schipma for accomplishing an undefeated, 4-0 record, at the Sidwell Quaker debates.
In addition, they received awards for finishing 5th place overall in the tournament.
Emma Jing won the award for Best Speaker.
A Nysmith School team placed first in the middle school division of the 2015 CyberPatriot Competition’s National Finals held at National Harbor.
The team had to identify weaknesses in a virtual computer network and eliminate them. The students also had to defend against a virtual cyberattack and safeguard the system against future attacks.
Team members were William Tan, 14, and Bhavjeet Sanghera, 12, of Great Falls; Monica Saraf, 13, and Aryaan Hussain, 12, of Herndon; and Ryan McCrystal, 11, of Leesburg.
The competition is part of the National Youth Cyber Education Program.
Two teams of middle school students from Nysmith finished 2nd and 12th nationwide in a field of 190 teams and concluded an exceptional round of competition in the seventh season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Led by Coach Bonnie McCrystal, the team placing 2nd consisted of 8th grade Team Captain William Tan, 7th graders Monica Saraf, Bhavjeet Sanghera and Aryaan Hussein, and 6th grader Ryan McCrystal. Their team excelled in the CyberPatriot VII Middle School Division qualification rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical-thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity.
Led by Coach Praveen Bahethi, the team placing 12th consists of 8th grade Team Captain Sameer Bahethi and 7th graders Devin Host, Kirthi Kumar, Rhea Shah, and Khinezin Win.
The teams’ performances earned them a spot in the Middle School Division Semifinals to be held January 16-18, 2015.
CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.
Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
The “Tommy Award,” lightheartedly named after Thomas Jefferson in the spirit of contemporary awards (Grammys, Tonys, Emmys), is given to individuals and corporations who have made a particularly significant contribution to Thomas Jefferson High School (TJ) and to STEM education.
Tom Valery, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the TJ Partnership Fund, told Carole and Ken Nysmith, “Your family’s realized vision of a school that would nurture gifted children by allowing them to reach their full potential and Nysmith’s amazing success in preparing students for the rigors of a TJ education have helped solidify TJ’s reputation as the preeminent high school research institution in the United States.
Nysmith graduates have won a disproportionate number of research and other awards, and Nysmith families have contributed significantly as volunteers and donors. After years of benefiting from the work that you have done to foster children’s interest in science and math and put them on the path to success, the TJ Partnership Fund would like to recognize you, your family, and your school leadership by awarding one of this year’s two ‘Tommy Awards’ to The Nysmith School.”
The Nysmith School received this great honor in 2014.
Previous Tommy Award winners include Northrop Grumman, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Google, and several individuals, including Dr. James Ellenbogen, Chief Scientist at MITRE, and Sally Shuler, Executive Director of the National Sciences Resources Center.
Team Nysmith earned Highest Honors in the 2013-14 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The fourth grade team scored an impressive 195 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing first in the nation.
Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge, fourth graders Sean Gillen, Audrey McKnight, Jessica Newberg, Grayson Newell and Amina Sibay each earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet. Nationally, only 51 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students at Nysmith School who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include fourth graders Emma Jing, Caroline Kaczmarsky, Kayleigh Kim, Shawn Kim, Youssef Seifeldin, and Ethan Yu. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Aisha Enayatulla and Laura Buch.
The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well-suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
Further information is available at: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com
Congratulations to Nysmith sixth-grader Vaibhav S., who finished 2nd place out of 625 students in the nation at the History Bee Finals held on June 7th, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an all day competition consisting of seven rounds.
Nysmith’s seventh-grade Odyssey of the Mind team traveled to the 2014 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Ames, Iowa, and took the trophy for Third Place in the World!
Odyssey of the Mind competitions require teams to present creative and dramatic solutions to a variety of STEM-related problems. Teams advancing through regional and then state competitions proceed to the World Finals. The World Finals included more than 800 teams from countries around the world, such as teams from China, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Hungary, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Poland.
The seventh-grade Nysmith team, the “Know Brainers,” were making their third consecutive trip to the World Finals. The team includes seventh-graders Ilina G, Maxwell J, Bryce N, Chris N, Landon P, and Anika S. Presenting their solution to the technical problem entitled “The Not So Haunted House,” the team solved the mystery of who stole the Pink Panther diamond from the Louvre gem exhibit. Their creatively-engineered special effects and surprise ending stole the show.
The team also took First Place in the World with their creative solution to the “spontaneous” problem, besting the efforts of 67 other teams in their division from around the world.
Much credit also goes to beloved coach Mr. Marwan N. Congratulations!
Nysmith student Madden Moore participated in the Duke University 7th Grade Academic Talent Search in conjunction with Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program).
Madden’s SAT scores placed him in the top 3% of all 7th graders who took the SAT (top 10% of all high school Juniors and Seniors who also took the SAT this year).
Based on his qualifying SAT scores, Madden was honored at the 34th Annual Duke TIP Grand Recognition Ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Madden is also a member of NJHS, MENSA, and is a Davidson Young Scholar. Congratulations!
Congratulations to all our students who participated in the 2014 Science Olympiad!
They won a total of seven awards.
Event: Build a Barge – 2nd place
Team: Ryan M. and Luke T.
Event: Weather or Not – 2nd place
Team: Anuraag K. and Yuvraj S., 5th grade
Event: Shock Value – 2nd place
Team : Ryan M. and Aaron J., 5th and 3rd Grade
Event: Kool Kinematics – 4th place
Team: Anuraag K. and Yuvraj S., 5th grade
Event: Straw Egg drop – 6th place
Team: Tanvi B. and Ava G., 3rd Grade
Event: Mesozoic Paleantologist – 8th place
Team: Rahil M. and Neal G., 4th Grade
Event: Zoologist – 9th place
Team: Swetha M. and Micheala J., 4th grade
Nysmith eighth-grade student Akshaj Kadaveru recently traveled to the 2014 MATHCOUNTS National Competition held in Orlando, Florida.
Akshaj achieved the highest score in all of Virginia in the written round and placed 8th individually in the nation.
Overall, the Virginia team placed 3rd in the nation. The event was shown live on ESPN3.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology took four students to Los Angeles for the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and two of them were Nysmith alumni: Manotri Chaubal and Archis Bhandarkar. Manotri took a Fourth Grand Award at ISEF. Both alumni won prizes at the state level for their projects.
Nysmith alumna Brianna Buch received the President’s Award for Services to the Community from The College of William & Mary.
A joint effort of the President’s Office and the Office of Community Engagement (OCE), the President’s Award recognizes one William & Mary student and one faculty or staff member annually for making a significant and measurable impact on the community. The award emphasizes the quality of service primarily, with quantity of service a secondary consideration. In addition, the award includes a $500 prize donated to a service organization of each recipients’ choice in that person’s name.
“I am thrilled, honored and humbled to receive this award. Through my work in the community, I’ve learned that nothing is done through one individual but rather a small group of thoughtful, committed people,” Buch said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with many brilliant, determined individuals and I want to ensure those people are honored through this award as well. This moment to me is the celebration of what we’ve accomplished together.”
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Nysmith alumna Manotri Chaubal won the Governor’s Award and Grand Prize at the 2014 Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.
Classmate Andrea Li won second place.
Both projects were in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category.
Nysmith student Rahul Gupta placed 2nd in the Virginia State Finals of the National Geographic Bee which took place on April 4th, 2014.
Rahul turned in a perfect score during the preliminary round.
Congratulations to Rahul on this extremely impressive accomplishment!
See the post about the winners on the Virginia Geographic Alliance’s website here.
The Currie Math Bowl was held at Nysmith School on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014.
Teams of 3-5 students between grades 4 – 8 from all over Northern Virginia competed in a Math Olympiad-style tournament.
There was an individual and team component. Nysmith Team # 1, comprised of 4th graders Evan Black, Anand Advani, and Grayson Newell, won 1st place for 4th grade!
Neil Thistlethwaite (8th) received a Grand Prize (one of three total), Richard Lun (7th) received an Honorable Mention and Shaan Bhandarkar(7th) and Vaibhav Sharma(6th)received Special Recognition for their projects. Four of the nine recognized projects are Nysmith students. (And one is a former Nysmith student!) Go Science!!!!
Four students from The Nysmith School participated in the 32nd annual American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) on March 13, 2014.
Akshaj Kadaveru, Shaan Bhandarkar, Ajit Kadaveru, and Shwetark Patel qualified for the AIME by scoring in the top 2.5% of the American Mathematics Contest 10 or scoring in the top 5% on the American Mathematics Contest 12.
The AIME is a 15-question, 3-hour examination in which each answer is an integer from 0 to 999, so students are very unlikely to obtain the correct answers by guessing. The questions on the AIME cover high school mathematics and are much more difficult than those on the AMC 10 and AMC 12.
These contests are prestigious and competitive. They are given in the US, Canada, and many schools overseas.
Congratulations to these fine mathematicians!
If you are interested in more information about these tests, please visit the Mathematical Association of America website at: www.maa.org.
The Nysmith MATHCOUNTS team traveled to Richmond and came in second in the state.
The team was comprised of Akshaj Kadaveru (8th), Schwetark Patel (8th), Shaan Bhandarkar (7th) and Ajit Kadaveru (6th). Three of our students scored in the top sixteen students. AK Kadaveru was selected as one of four students to represent Virginia in the national competition in May 2014 in Disney World. Well done!
Thomas Jefferson High School’s Mythvestigations Science Club organized the 1st TJ Invitational Science Fair for middle school students in 2013.
Sixth-grader Aaditya Singh won the Grand Prize at the fair, impressing all judges with his sixth grade science fair project “Redox Rocks!”
Nysmith alumnus Archis Bhandarkar and his science fair partner won a team Grand Prize in Mathematical Sciences for their project “On the Stability of Lung Parenchymal Lesions” at the 2013 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Science Fair.
The 2013 National Latin Exam was taken by over 154,000 students from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.
Twenty-four Nysmith 7th grade students took the Introduction to Latin Exam and 20 of those earned awards for achievement.
Four students achieved perfect scores: Shwetark Patel, Kashyap Addanki, Anna Lulushi and Rahul Gupta.
Eight students earned ribbons and certificates for outstanding achievement: Akshaj Kadaveru, Caroline Case, Zagros Asadi, Regan Kelly, Ashley Zhang, Nicole Schwartz, Mia Lei and Vishal Dasari.
Eric Fremlin, Kayanaat Grewal, Jack Mclaughlan, Dorian Bloy, Michael Schreiner, Andrew White, Jack Hogan and Anish Deena earned certificates for achievement.
In 8th grade, the following students earned Summa Cum Laude and Gold Medals in the Latin I exam: Jonathan Burkle, Daniel Luberda, Lauren Smith, Samuel Ong, Benjamin Lasota, Thomas Sheehan, Snigdha Madiraju, Elise Holford and Gracie Wright.
Emma Shapiro, Arthi Bala, Ashwin Deena, Shruti Anant, and Evan Bubniak earned Maxima Cum Laude and Silver Medals.
Jibran Ali earned Magna Cum Laude.
Mattia Diop and Alex Kalok earned Cum Laude.
Kritika Singh scored 145.5 out of 150 in the 2013 AMC 10B competition to tie for the second position worldwide!
The Nysmith School Science Bowl team won the Virginia Regional Science Bowl competition held at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA, on March 2, 2013.
The team members who represented Nysmith were Rahul Gupta, Akshaj Kadaveru, Abhishek Allamsetty and Shaan Bhandarkar.
Eighteen Middle school teams from all over Virginia competed in the event. Nysmith School placed first, beating the Longfellow team, which have been the champion for last three years, in the finals.