Weekly Update 6/04/2021

Dear NCHS Family,

Wow, what a journey this school year has been! The road was a pretty bumpy one with masks, sanitizing, social distancing, and many events being canceled at a moment’s notice. It was a lot to adjust to initially, but we all learned along the way, had some setbacks, adjusted again, and now here we are at the end of a very long year and a little closer to “normal.”

I know we can all agree on how amazingly resilient our students, teachers, families, and community members are! I am so proud of our students and faculty for their hard work and well-earned successes, and on behalf of all of us at NCHS, I would like to thank everyone for their patience, enthusiasm, and support. Together, we have ensured that students had the opportunity for in-person learning, competitive sports, club activities, theater productions, concerts, and recognition ceremonies.

As this will be our last weekly update for the school year, I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and fun summer!

Best,

Bill Egan

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GIRLS AND BOYS GOLF TEAMS!

Both the girls and boys golf teams won the FCIAC Championship yesterday at Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield, CT. For the girls, the team shot a 346 to win over second place Ludlowe by 26 strokes. Stirling Legge was medalist for the tournament with an 83. The boys match was a bit closer with the rams shooting a 302 to beat second place Greenwich by 5 strokes. Sophomore Cullen McCarthy was co-medalist for the tournament with a score of 73. For the girls, this is their 4th FCIAC championship in a row. Both teams will be in the state championships next week. Go Rams!

Congratulations, also, to the NCHS Girls Lacrosse team and their coaches for winning their first FCIAC Championship, beating rival Darien 7- 4. Go Rams!!!

SENIOR INTERNSHIP/PROJECT PROGRAM

Please enjoy some photos our students and internship hosts have shared with us. The Senior Internship Program/Project is from May 18th to June 11th. Our students have been busy working on Senior Projects or Internships – NCHS Sip Website

CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2021! FRONT PORCH PHOTOGRAPHY IS BACK!

We are happy to share that the “Front Porch Photography” internship is back! Two of our Senior students Ed Gentner and Connor Webster, are taking photos of Seniors outside of their homes. Last year, student Pablo Villa developed “Front Porch Photography” to celebrate the senior class. We are thrilled that Ed and Connor, who both enjoy taking photos, will continue the new tradition. Thank you to Ed and Connor for keeping the tradition alive!

EREN GERAY

SADIE SCHOONMAKER

DYLAN KORTMAN

TAYLOR LANXON

GIANFRANCO POZZILINI III & FERRIS

BROOKE THALACKER

AUSTIN PLATT

MICHAEL RIVAS

QUINN MCKIERNAN

WESLEY CLOUD

COLTON HOWE

HENRY BENTON

AUGIE KELLIHER

MEGAN ZIEGLER

CHARLOTTE FRANK

CHARLOTTE GELHAUS

DOYLE CATLIN

LILI BEECHER

BOUQUET BUDDIES:

This week’s and last deserving recipients of the school year are Sandy Warkentin, Kate Shannon, Christy Wexler, Peter Stacom, and Erica Schaedler. Not pictured Shannon Brown, Ashley Lewis, Jane Mitchell, and Lisa Arbues.

TIPS OF THE WEEK:

Check out the last Tips of The Week for this school year on Naviance and the Common App! A big thank you to Matthew Kim, Catherine Burges and Susan Kim for all of their insightful tips. A job well done that provided a great deal of information to our learning community!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

6/04 – 6/05 – NCHS Spring Musical – Godspell – 7:00 PM

6/05 – SAT – 7:30

6/07 – BOE Meeting- 7:00 pm

6/09-6/15 – Exams

6/12 – ACT – 7:30 am

DEPARTMENT NEWS:

MATH:

Students in AP Calculus have been hard at work designing their projects to solve real-world problems. For example, one group has been researching and experimenting with different materials to determine the best design for a paper airplane.

One group is researching and designing a weighted survey to determine which streaming services a consumer should enroll in.

Another group has built different solar ovens and is determining which design and weather conditions bake the best cookie.

Mrs. Marhefki’s M2 PreCalculus class investigated how changes in quadratic equations can create different graphs of conic sections with Desmos.

The math department is also excited to share that we will offer AP Statistics and ECE Statistics as one combined course next year, providing students the opportunity to earn 4 college credits and a well-recognized credential.

SCHOOL COUNSELING:

So how did our seniors do this year? In our offices, we processed 3192 applications to 375 colleges. Over 95% of the class will be attending a 4-year college next year; 7 students will attend college out of the country; Two are attending an apprenticeship program, and 4 will go to a two-year school. 87% were accepted to one of their top 3 colleges, and 95% were satisfied with their admissions outcomes. In a year where taking standardized testing was incredibly complicated, 40% of our students chose not to send any scores at all. Schools with the most students attending next year are UCONN, Northeastern, Bucknell, Syracuse, and Indiana. Congratulations, seniors, for weathering a complicated, confusing, stressful process with grace and maturity.

RISING ABOVE AWARD

The Rising Above Ceremony was held this morning where an award is given to students for “rising above” difficult situations, turning things around at school, or putting forth extraordinary effort to reach a goal. This year’s recipients are Josh Buckner, Cos DeFelice, Cameron Forte, Kristina Gashi, Ella Gibb, Nina Laing, Lizzy Powell, Dahvid Villa, and Claudia Zhu. Not pictured are Lilli Gray and George Stewart. Congratulations to all!

VPA:

Work in Progress

Senior Internship Mural/Logo Project by Claudia Zhu and Jackson Slazyk. Claudia and Jackson are painting the NCHS Trainers Room.

Art Field Trip

Pictured here is Mrs. McDonagh’s Intro to Photography class at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. They visited the “LiveGirl” exhibit and are standing in front of the “Notorious RBG” Mixed Media, a painting created by the Art Club.

Ryan Whitman and Natalie Minckler are standing next to the Art Club submission to the LiveGirl exhibit at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. The Notorious RBG was invited to be in this exhibit. The Art Club also made 12×18 inch posters of their mixed media painting to be sold for $30 each, with the proceeds going to the LiveGirl organization. LiveGirl was Founded in 2014 and is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that builds confident, inclusive leaders. Their mission is to prepare the next generation of diverse, brave female leaders with the skills, community, and connections so that ALL girls may thrive and make a positive impact on the world. The show will be at the New Canaan Carriage Barn Arts Center through June 6th.

THE NCHS FILM CLUB

presents

The 7th Annual NEW AGE FILM FESTIVAL

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Hosted by Ian Nicholas of NCTV

Featuring:

Mike Covino, Juror

Alex Coco, Juror

Neya Krishnan, Award Presenter, Narrative

Claudia Stanley, Award Presenter, Animation

Julia Carpi, Award Presenter, Documentary

Ethan Jones, Award Presenter, PSA

Riley Wilson, Award Presenter, Open Entry

CLICK TO WATCH

NEW AGE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD RECIPIENTS 2021

NARRATIVE AWARDS

Outstanding Narrative Screenplay

Awarded to the film that demonstrates the strongest writing;

planning, story and script.

Marvin

by Ethan Jones

New Canaan High School

Outstanding Cinematography in a Narrative

Awarded to the film that exhibits the strongest camera work

Checkmate

by Alexandra Hannett, Rachel Lherisson and Elisa Taylor

Sacred Heart Greenwich

Outstanding Narrative Performance

Awarded to the best on-screen direction and performance

Marvin

by Ethan Jones

with Performances by Jackson LaMorte and William Haddad

New Canaan High School

Outstanding Narrative Editing

Awarded to the narrative film that exhibits the strongest

editing in post-production

Time Warp

by Alexandra Hannett and Elisa Taylor

Sacred Heart Greenwich

DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Outstanding Post-Production in a Documentary

Awarded to a documentary film that exhibits the strongest

editing in post-production

Through the Eyes of a Broadcaster

by Dylan Drury and Kaitlyn Langer

Sacred Heart Greenwich

Outstanding Documentary Interview

Awarded to a documentary with the most compelling interview considering

camera work, subject, style, lighting, and technique

Nobu’s Blue Skies

by Isabel DeVita

Sacred Heart Greenwich

Outstanding Documentary

Awarded to a documentary that creatively stands out from the rest overall

Nobu’s Blue Skies

by Isabel DeVita

Sacred Heart Greenwich

PSA AWARDS

Outstanding Message in a PSA

Awarded to the PSA that exhibits the most compelling message

Anxieteen

by Catherine Dodman and Olivia Leahy

Sacred Heart Greenwich

Outstanding Public Service Announcement

Awarded to the PSA that creatively stands out from the rest overall

Don’t Fall In

by Elisa Taylor

Sacred Heart Greenwich

OPEN ENTRY AWARDS

Outstanding Post-production in an Open Entry

Awarded to the Open Entry that exhibits the strongest

editing in post-production

3, 2, 1

by Sophia Flynn, Rachel Lherisson and Isabella Stewart

Sacred Heart Greenwich

Outstanding Open Entry

Awarded to the Open Entry that creatively

stands out from the rest overall

Off Kilter

by Claudia Stanley

New Canaan High School

ANIMATION AWARDS

Outstanding Special Effects in an Animation

Awarded to the animation that exhibits the strongest

post-production and/or animated special effects

Pocket Paralysis

by Caroline Vilinskis

Ridgefield High School

Outstanding Animated Characters

Awarded to the animation with the most

uniquely developed characterization

Karolina

by Anne Bragason

New Canaan High School

Outstanding Story

Awarded to the animated film with the most compelling

plot, story or message

The Battle of the Wits

by Oliver Harris

New Canaan High School

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARDS

Viewer’s Choice Award : NARRATIVE

Just a Story

by Julia Carpi

New Canaan High School

Viewer’s Choice Award : DOCUMENTARY

I Do

by Emma Densen

Sacred Heart, Greenwich

Viewer’s Choice Award : PSA

Child’s Play

by Neya Krishnan

New Canaan High School

Viewer’s Choice Award : OPEN ENTRY

AMPED

by Rachel Keefe

Sacred Heart, Greenwich

Viewer’s Choice Award : ANIMATION

Pocket Paralysis

by Caroline Vilinskis

Ridgefield High School

NCHS FILM CLUB LEADERSHIP AWARD

Riley Wilson, Claudia Stanley, Julia Carpi

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