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    Math Counts Team
    Nicola Davies

    The Connecticut state final was held on Saturday March 9th. 

     

    Math Counts Team

    Four members of the Middlebrook Math Counts Club competed in the 2019 State Competition at the University of Hartford on March 9.  The following students participated in the competition: Connie Gao (8G), Gayathri Kaimal (8Y), Lukas Koutsoukos (8Y), and Sean Ming (8G).  We had a good day of competition and were enlightened about some of the mathematical theories that currently explain our universe by a professor of physics from Wesleyan University.   

    In the team competition, Middlebrook earned the tenth spot for our second year in a row. In the individual competition, Sean earned the top spot from Middlebrook and placed eleventh in the state. 

    The top sixteen competitors faced off in a single-elimination tournament in front of a crowd of several hundred people. Sean was victorious in the first round, but fell short in the “elite eight” round.  The coaches (Mrs. Julianne Walsh and Mr. Stephen Doré) would like to thank all the members of the Math Counts Club for their efforts over the course of the school year. We will continue to hold meetings up until April 10th.

    The competition is organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, hosted by the University of Hartford and sponsored by businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Connecticut. In our increasingly technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. As the only nationwide math enrichment, club and competition program designed to improve math skills for U.S. middle school students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in MATHCOUNTS programs. Further information can be found on the MATHCOUNTS website.

     

    Science Fair students pose with their certificates
    Nicola Davies

    Over 140 students entered this year's Science Fair at Middlebrook School

    Seven photographs depicting students at the science fair

     The Middlebrook gym was a hive of activity on Tuesday evening as over 140 students presented their science fair projects to a roving audience of students, parents, teachers and judges. Divided between 6th grade and 7th & 8th Grade, students projects covered life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. Climate change and the environment featured very prominently in many projects as our socially minded students were clearly working on solutions to real life problems. From solar powered cars, heaters and ovens, the effects of acid rain and how to dispose of styrofoam in an environmentally friendlier way. There were projects based on the greenhouse effect, how to melt snow without affecting the environment and how to fight wildfires using satellite data.  There were old favorites - mentos & soda and new additions - does playing Fortnite raise your blood pressure?

    The enthusiasm of the students was clear to see as they clearly articulated the purpose of their projects even when discussed pitfalls, setbacks and dealing with the rigors of the scientific method.

    6th Grader Lauren  was very excited to present her egg drop experiment. ‘I’ve been waiting since Miller-Driscoll to take part in another science fair’ she said ‘I have always found it fun to figure out how things work, I had to do this experiment a bunch of times and needed a lot of patience’

    Also in 6th grade Anna demonstrated her Freezer Free Feeder, her inspiration sprang from a wish to help her Grandpa who loves to feed the birds in his backyard, but is no longer able to go out in the snow to refill his bird feeder. Her ingenious engineering design ensures that the feeder can be topped up from a second floor window with no need to brave the outdoors.

    Many of the projects were a team effort. MacKenzie & Kendra worked together on a project and enjoyed the opportunity to do practical science ‘6th Grade science can be a lot of textbook and memorization’ they lamented.

    First, second and third places were awarded in each of the three science categories - engineering, life science and physical science full results are posted below. An overall best fair prize was also awarded to 8th Grader Gayathri Kaimal for her work on the early detection of wildfires based on remote sensor data from satellites measuring the amount of moisture in the soil.

    The Middlebrook science fair is a collaboration between the Middlebrook PTA and the  Wilton Education Foundation. It is made possible by the dedication of the co-chairs, the judges and the teachers and students of Middlebrook school.

    7 & 8th Grade Winning Entries

    1st place Engineering - Varun Vadhera
    1st place Life Sciences -  Jeanette Rosenthal
    1st place Physical Sciences - Gayathri Kaimal *

    2nd Place Engineering - Sebastian Shaw
    2nd place Life sciences - Alexandra Cole
    2nd place physical sciences - Keerthi Vijay

    3rd place engineering - Dillon Bhutani
    3rd place life sciences - Akhil Vallabhajosula
    3rd place Physical sciences - Harish Subramanian

    6th Grade Winning Entries

    1st place Engineering - Varish Duriseti
    1st place Life Sciences -  Austin Etzbach
    1st place Physical Sciences - Sahana Bhagavatula

    2nd Place Engineering - Abby Phelan & Sarah Morris
    2nd place Life sciences - Nathan & Nandan Raman
    2nd place physical sciences - Matthew Barymow

    3rd place engineering - Olivia Feldman
    3rd place life sciences - Shyla Bathla
    3rd place Physical sciences - Julia Nanos & Sophia Viggiano

    *Gayathri was also awarded best in fair.

    Jamie Perotta standing next to her winning entry
    Nicola Davies

    Art from three Middlebrook students was on display at the 2019 CT Scholastic Art Awards exhibition.

    Jamie Perotta standing next to her winning entry

    The Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards have chosen four works of art from three Middlebrook students as 2019 winners.

    Jamie Parrotta (pictured above) was awarded two Gold Keys in photography for her two entries entitled 'Find The Emo' and 'Lights, Camera, Action!'

    Amanda Prather was awarded a Silver Key in photography for her entry 'High In The Sky'.

    Riya Shah was awarded a Silver Key in Printmaking for her work 'My Olive Branch'.

    The 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition features select work from schools throughout Connecticut in grades 7- 12. From approximately 3000 total art entries, 787 works were accepted for exhibition at the University of Hartford. Gold Key winners will move forward to be evaluated for inclusion in national exhibition which will be held in New York City in June.

     

    Large Orchestra on stage at WHS
    Nicola Davies

    Eighth graders joined WHS Wind Ensemble on stage for a special performance.

    Large Orchestra on stage at WHS

    Eighth grade band students performed with the High School Wind Ensemble last night in their first taste of performing on the High School Stage. Over 60 eighth graders were able to experience what the music program has in store for them as they joined over one hundred members of the Wind Ensemble on stage for a rousing performance of The Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe

    ‘It’s really important for the eighth graders to see the progression in the program and where they will be in a couple of years’ said Nick Loafman, Band Director at Wilton High School ‘It’s also fun for the older kids to look back at how far they’ve come’.

    Also performing at the concert were the Wilton High School Concert Band – this is a group of around 50 mainly freshmen students and is the band most High School students start in. Membership of Wind Ensemble is by audition.

    Dr Priest with Lukas winner of the School Geography Bee
    Nicola Davies

    Dr Priest was quiz master at the annual school competition.

    Participants in the Geography Bee

     

    The Middlebrook LLC was buzzing this afternoon with the school final of the annual Geography Bee. Each of the nine competitors, had already faced a grueling round of the competition and come out as the winner on their respective teams.

    The stakes were high - two wrong questions and it would be game over. Cheered on by an audience of friends, parents and teachers, the contestants remained calm and focused as Dr Priest asked questions that left many adults in the room scratching their heads for the answers.  After four rounds of questions only two eighth graders remained Lukas from 8Y and Vihan from 8G. The final round consisted of three questions to be answered by both students. Lukas could not be beaten, for a third year, he is Middlebrook Champion and will represent the school at the state competition at the end of March.

    In preparation for the state final, Lukas will keep on studying and reading widely ‘There are books written to help you study for the bee, but the best thing to do is read as much as you can, including learning about current affairs’ said Lukas.  Last year Lukas finished 3rd in the State competition and he hopes his previous experience and his extra year of studying will improve his result this year.

    Congratulations to all of the nine Middlebrook finalists, you all did an amazing job.

    The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight, from 10,000 schools across the nation will compete in the 2019 National Geographic Bee.

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