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4/24/2017Chris Stanek awarded grant for beekeeping
Congratulations to Mr. Stanek on receiving a $3,100 grant from Dominion for his proposal, "Operation Bee." Mr. Stanek will use this money to integrate beekeeping into the AP Environmental Science course and to create a beekeeping club open to all MoHS students. Below are excerpts from the Executive Summary of his grant proposal:

Beekeeping is a hobby, career, social service and a valuable part of the foundation of our food supply. This valuable public service is quickly becoming a lost art. The majority of beekeepers are over sixty years old. With more and more young people moving into urban settings, this skill is not being passed down to younger generations. We rely on honeybees to support biodiversity in our local landscapes and to pollinate our crops. We, as a school system, need to assume some of the responsibility of sharing this skill with younger generations. Students learn from authentic experiences, and beekeeping has many lessons to teach.

AP Environmental Science provides the perfect setting to explore beekeeping. Students can learn many of the major themes and topics of this rigorous course through beekeeping. Each unit or theme allows the classroom hives to be explored from a different perspective. Using beekeeping as an authentic classroom experience will give students real methods to apply the course content in a way that provides a service for their community and a reward (honey) for their hard work.

While AP Environmental Science is way to look at the science of beekeeping through the lense of a college level course, it makes the hive inaccessible to many students at Monticello High School. Learning the skill of beekeeping is a valuable experience and should be available to all students. In order to provide this opportunity the school will also host a beekeeping club. The club will expand the educational opportunities enabled by the hives and provide continuity between academic calendar years. The club will be open to all grade and academic levels at Monticello.
4/21/2017Apoorv Sharma participated in U.S. Geography Olympiad
Apoorv Sharma, a junior, qualified and competed in the U.S. Geography Olympiad, which took place Friday, April 21. He was the only student representing MoHS and the Albemarle county schools at this level. Apoorv is a past competitor at the National Geography Bee.

Apoorv was also the "lone fighter" for MHS at the State Championship of National Academic Quiz Tournament, held at UVA on April 1st, 2017. There were multiple teams from prominent schools including Thomas Jefferson High School and Maggie Walker High School (both Governor's Schools)  with 4-6 players in each team. Although the MoHS team was severely disadvantaged due to Apoorv being "solo", he stood ground and finished #33 among 145 brilliant participants in individual standings.
4/18/2017Student performers in Hip-Hop Festival
Congratulations to Jose Antonio, Josh St. Hill, Jadiss Thomas, Rayquan Thomas, Jahmein Vest and Shaun Woode. Each student performed at the Nine Pillars Freshman Class High School Hip-Hop Showcase on Monday, April 17. They all earned an radio interview with Remy St. Clair on 101.3 FM! Contact Mr. Wade in the attendance office for more information.

All the performances were captured on Facebook Live and you can watch them here (albeit without the best sound quality):
Josh St. Hill
Jose Antonio & Shaun Woode
Jadiss Thomas, Rayquan Thomas, & Jahmein Vest (plus additional MoHS students)
4/17/2017Two students selected for Governor's School in French
Congratulations to Megan Petty and Caroline Sarpy. They pair earned invitations to participate in the Académie Française du Gouverneaur de Virginie, a three-week residential immersion program, at Washington & Lee University this summer.
4/14/2017Two students selected for Governor's School in Theatre
Congratulations to juniors Italyia Lee and Elena Schmelter! They have been selected for this summer's Governor's School academy in performance. Two selections for one school in one performance area is very rare. In order to see these two students display their talents, please come see the spring musical, In the Heights.
4/14/2017Natalie Steinberg places 3rd at TomTom Youth Summit
On April 13, 2017, Natalie Steinberg participated in the TomTom Festival Youth Summit Business Pitch Challenge, proposing her idea, Boutique Network. Natalie won the third place prize, a mentorship from the Community Investment Collaborative. Congratulations Natalie!
4/14/2017Will Nordt & Rafael Torres earn prize at TomTom Youth Summit
On April 13, 2017, Will Nordt & Rafael Torres participated in the TomTom Festival Youth Summit Community Pitch Challenge, proposing their idea for a charity golf tournament to support disabled veterans. Will & Rafael won $250 to use towards their project. Congratulations Will & Rafael!
4/14/2017MoHS Latin students earn awards on National Latin Exam
Several Monticello Latin students took the Natinal Latin Exam in March. Many earned recognition. Please join us in congratulating them on their performance!

LATIN I:
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal): Marissa Duffield, Delaney Eubank
Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal): Amar Ma’ayan, Ellie Wray
Magna Cum Laude: Eric Farrar, Liam Steinke
Cum Laude: Francis Pastor

LATIN II:
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal) and a PERFECT PAPER: Kate Decker
Magna Cum Laude: Lilly Encarnation, Jillian Jacobson

LATIN III:
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal): Zach Danial
Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal): Lizzie Heck, Halle Early, Paloma Alvarado
Magna Cum Laude: Kendal Dill

LATIN IV:
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal): Amaya Wallace
Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal): Perry Lee, Vivian Morris

Latin V:
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal): Zadie Lacey
Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal): Sophie Condron
Magna Cum Laude: Piper Goodman
Cum Laude: Marina Pastor
3/28/2017Photography Students Published
Congratulations to the following MoHS photography students that were published in the 2016-2017 version of "Crossroads V." The book contains poetry, prose, and photography from central Virginia teens. Of the 36 total that were selected for photography, 17 were from our Photography class at Monticello. The book was released on Monday, March 27, 2017.
  • Tianna Ames
  • Caleb Buow
  • Emily Carter
  • Sadie Carter
  • Renee Craft
  • Abby Davis
  • Jacob Gillespie
  • Madison Gneiting
  • Grace Hallowell
  • Peyton Lewis
  • Camden Luck
  • Marcus McCrea
  • Elise Moya
  • Tania Nuevo
  • Marina Pastor
  • Nikki Shiflett
  • Sarah Wojack
2/16/2017Team 20/20 students recognized for video production
Congratulations to students in the Team 20/20 classes for their participation in the 360 Filmmakers Challenge Fall 2016! One video, The Fakes, was awarded the One Moment award during the national showcase competition!

The Fakes
360 Filmmakers Challenge (Facebook)
All 360 videos by Team 20/20

Note that these videos are best viewed on a mobile device. If viewing on your computer, you can scroll around the video area using your mouse and by dragging on the video itself.
2/11/2017Sophia Shepherd is Newsplex Student Athlete of the Week
Three-sport senior Mustang Sophia Shepherd was recognized as the Newsplex Student Athlete of the Week on Thursday, February 9. Congratulations to Sophia. Coverage is available at the link below.

Student Athlete of the Week: Sophia Shepherd
2/11/2017Kevin Jarrell honored by Falcon Club
Monticello junior quarterback Kevin Jarrell was honored at the recent Falcon Club banquet with the Corbett King Memorial Student-Athlete Award.

Jarrell passed for 1573 yards, completing 96 of 204 attempts, with 10 touchdowns this past fall, and was second on the team with 583 rushing yards on 139 attempts with eight touchdowns. Combined, Jarrell accounted for 2,156 total yards and 18 touchdowns.

Jarrell threw for a career high 279 yards versus Powhatan with a career high three touchdowns. His 94-yard touchdown pass against Powhatan matched the longest pass play in school history.

A multi-sport student-athlete, Jarrell also plays varsity baseball and has played varsity basketball for the Mustangs. In the classroom, Jarrell excels as a student, sporting a 4.6 GPA.
2/7/2017Haislip signs to play college football
Congratulations to MoHS senior football player Trevor Haislip! Trevor signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Glenville State College on Monday, February 6. We wish Trevor the best of luck as he continues his academic career as a Pioneer.

Press Release
Signing Photo
2/6/2017Robotics Club performs well at FIRST Robotics
On Saturday, February 4 at Norfolk State University the Monticello Robotics Club competed at the FTC Eastern Virginia Qualifier. Two teams, nescio and Aluminati, made it to the semifinal matches. The Aluminati won the Design Award for the Northeast Virginia Qualifier. The Avengineers made it to the final match, consisting of the top 6 teams. The club is sponsored by the Craddock Insurance Company and coached by Jennifer Peairs, Eric Bredder, and John Baran.

Aluminati: Clay Chisholm, Connor McCampbell, Yehya Mahmoud, Jeffery John, (Jacob Robb, Ayaz Adatia, Shaar Haq)
nescio: Michael Murphy, Aaron Selig, Andre Danilov, Rayn Pratt
Avengineers: Emma Wood, Lauren Mason, Bailey Sickler, (Caroline Hollowell, Grace Burns)

Congratulations to all the MoHS Robotics Club members!
2/2/2017MoHS students selected for District chorus event
Three Monticello Mustangs have been selected to represent MoHS and District 13 at Eastern View High School in Culpeper on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Congratulations to the following students and to their Chorus teacher, Janet Whitmore.
  • Brandon Walker
  • April Carter
  • Amina Hodzic
11/4/2016MoHS Drama recognized by VTA
"Necessary Trouble," one act play by Courtney Grooms wins top six at the Virginia Theatre Association Conference in Norfolk. Courtney was also honored with an award for Best Original Production.
The Monticello Theatre Tech team also won second place in the Tech Olympics.
Congratulations to all of our drama students!
9/26/2016Monticello seniors recognized for academic excellence
Over 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 PSAT. From that 1.6 million, the National Merit Scholarship Program identified the 50,000 highest scores of which there were 6 Monticello High School Seniors.

Students who are recognized as Commended Scholars met or exceeded a national selection index, but fell just below the state semi-finalist selection index. They are recognized for exceptional academic promise. The Monticello High School Seniors who are recognized as Commended Scholars are: Ella Chin, Cassie Ferrer, Kirstena Lilley, Nathan Martin, and Adam McGill.
 
Students who are recognized as Semi-Finalists represent the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state’s high school seniors. The Monticello Senior who is recognized as a Semi-Finalist is Aidan Stoddart. The next step is for Aidan to complete the Finalist application, due in early October. He will be competing for some 7,400 scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered in April 2017.
 
Please join us in congratulating these students on this tremendous accomplishment.
9/23/2016Sarah Alberts - Student Athlete of the Week
Congratuations to Sarah Alberts! The senior field hockey player is the Newsplex Student Athlete of the Week. Please click below to read the story and watch the video.

Student Athlete of the Weeek: Sarah Alberts
9/2/2016Monticello Scholars work published
Monticello During the 2015-16 school year, Monticello Scholars conducted research for Highland, the home of President James Monroe. We are pleased to announce that the Monticello Scholars' featured web exhibit on the election of 1816 has gone live on the Highland website:

http://highland.org/the-election-and-presidency-of-james-monroe/

The original research and writing on selected topics was conducted by MoHS seniors Nathan Martin, Aidan Stoddart, Audrey Parks, and Adam McGill and former MoHS student, now CHS senior Jillian Hesler.

We are grateful to Highland, especially Education Director Nancy Stetz and Executive Director Sara Bon Harper, for providing these students with an authentic experience and platform for publication.

In the coming weeks, we will open applications for Junior students to be a part of the Monticello Scholars group who will be researching and writing on the first year of the Monroe presidency, 1817.