Class Notes

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Six DPS high schools among the nation’s best
Hillside New Tech High School was named to the U.S. News 2014 Best High Schools list, recognizing high schools with strong academic performance among low-income and minority students. The school received a “silver medal” for ranking in the top 2,000 high schools in the nation.
Five other Durham Public Schools are represented on The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools list. The list recognizes the top 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 public high schools in the United States for their ability to provide rigorous college-level classes for their students. 
Durham School of the Arts ranked highest on the list at 410th in the nation and 12th in North Carolina. City of Medicine Academy and Jordan High join DSA on the list in the top 25 schools in North Carolina.
Rounding out the list were Northern High and Riverside High.

Hillside High’s student council honored
Hillside High’s Student Council was presented a Louise Hunter Honor Council Award by the N.C. Association of Student Councils at its state conference March 28-30 at North Surry High School in Mt. Airy.
The award is “designed to recognize those Student Councils who present evidence of having an effective and progressive council in many areas.”

DPS has 3 National Achievement Scholarship winners
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation today announced that Hillside High’s Sydney N. Brown, Hillside New Tech’s Jeliyah S. Clark and Jordan High’s David Yeyeodu, each were named National Achievement Scholars.
They join about 800 outstanding African-American high school seniors from across the United States who earned Achievement Scholarship awards in 2014.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented black youth and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition.
Brown, Clark and Yeyeodu each will receive a National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship in recognition of their “strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.”

Advanced Academics Expo
The Department of Advanced Academics is hosting an expo highlighting the services and programs provided by Durham Public Schools.
The Advanced Academics Expo takes place May 6 at 5:30 p.m., at the DPS Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Road, Durham. Guest presenters Tisha Duncan from Meredith College and Michelle Himmelman from Education Resource Group will speak about the social and emotional needs of gifted students, and parents can visit booths demonstrating the enrichment programs offered at various schools.

Math fair honorees
Matthew Congiusta, a fifth-grader from Forest View Elementary School, took first place in the third- through fifth-grade division of the state Central Region Math Fair in Asheboro this month.
Congiusta’s project was titled, “Which North American City is it Best to be a Sports Fan in?”
Also receiving honors were Rogers-Herr Middle School’s Gianni Lacey-Howard (third place, sixth- through eighth grade, “The Math Path Game”) and Spring Valley Elementary School’s Ethan Blackmon and Cody Surface (honorable mention, kindergarten through second grade, “Super Math”).
The students qualify to submit their projects for the State Math Fair at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics on May 2. The fairs are sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Students win science competition
Hannah McShea of Durham and Michael Zhou of Chapel Hill were among the first-place winners in the 2014 N.C. Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) competition held recently at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.
McShea is a student at NCSSM and Zhou attends East Chapel Hill High School.
The first-place winner in each of the high school categories has been invited to attend the American Junior Academy of Science/American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose, CA.
NCSAS is a not-for-profit organization for students in sixth through 12th grades in alliance with the NCSAS.
Its objectives are to promote the study of science, technology and mathematics; assist students to pursue careers in science and technology; and encourage students to use their talents for the improvement of themselves, their schools, and their communities.