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HCES Welcomes Grandparents and Friends
On Friday, October 20, HCES welcomed grandparents, family and friends to a special assembly and school visit.
HCHS has 3 Siemens Regional Finalists and 6 Semifinalists!
WASHINGTON, Oct 18, 2017 – The Siemens Foundation announced the 2017 class of regional finalists​ for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier research competition for high school students. These regional finalists were picked from an exceptional group of 491 semifinalists​ announced yesterday who were chosen from the pool of more than 1860 projects submitted this year.
The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the 1st place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.
HCHS's Science Research students submitted amazing projects and we are so proud of the astonishing performances which represents our best performance yet.  We have 6 semifinalists, 3 of whom are Regional Finalists (these are the top 30 individual or top 30 team projects in the country). The regional finalists will compete next month for their chance to be a national finalist (top 6 individual or top 6 team projects in the country).  Please wish these students congratulations if you see them:
Sabrina R., Material Science (SEMIFINALIST)
Abishrant P., Material Science (SEMIFINALIST)
Brendon C., Chemistry (SEMIFINALIST)

Congratulations to all the students and to Ms. Reiss and Mr. Frankel and the HCHS Science Department for all their work and support!
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HCHS senior named a 2017 Davidson Fellow
Benjamin “Benjy” F. was named a 2017 Davidson Fellow this summer by the The Davidson Institute of Talent Development. Benjy's project, Modeling the Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Phytophthora infestans at a Regional Scale is one of only 20 student projects across the country to receive this honor.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have completed significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature and music. The Davidson Fellows Scholarship has provided more than $7.1 million in scholarship funds to more than 300 students since its inception in 2001, and has been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & World Report. It is a program of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, Nev. that supports profoundly gifted youth. 

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HCHS Class of 1987 Alumnus Dr. Stefan Savage named MacArthur Fellow
Congratuations to HCHS alumnus Dr. Stefan Savage (HCHS '87) who is one of twenty-four fellows for the 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The fellowship, which honors “exceptionally creative people,” comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, to be awarded over five years.

From the MacArthur Foundation website:
Dr. Stefan Savage is a computer scientist using an interdisciplinary approach to address challenges to computer security and to counter cybercrime. In addition to identifying technological deficiencies, he contextualizes cybersecurity threats within much broader ecosystems, including underlying economic incentives and social structures contributing to vulnerabilities.

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Open School Day 2017 and GO Club Fair
Parents and Guardians attended classes with their children at the annual Open School event.  The GO hosted the Club Fair which showcased the over 100 student run clubs and activities that make up our vibrant extra-curricular life at HCHS. 
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HCHS student one of only 30 national Broadcom Masters 2017 Finalists
Congratulations to HCHS student,  Helen L. for being named a 2017 Broadcom Masters Finalist!  This is a tremendous honor and we are thrilled that Helen will have the opportunity to compete against 29 other middle school scientists at the national level. 

This research is a result of her 8th grade science fair project. She did the project while in Mr. Castillo's class with the technical support and expertise of Mr. Pinkerton.  Broadcom is the middle school equivalent of Regeneron (formerly Intel) Science Talent Search; two years ago our school's science fair became affiliated with the Broadcom.  Helen is one of 30 national finalists and she will be competing in DC in the National Finals. She is our school's first ever national finalist.  Wish her congratulations if you see her!

Helen’s project is titled Using Flotation Systems to Harness Wave Power Using Electromagnetism. After Hurricane Sandy hit Helen's neighborhood in 2012, the area had no electricity for a week. Concern about climate change led Helen to learn about renewable energy technologies. Wave power especially fascinated her. That technology uses the motion of ocean waves to make electricity. "I wanted to find a clean and easy way to generate electricity using wave power that could work almost anywhere," she explains. "My research led me to investigate magnetism.”

Winners will be named on October 24 after finalists complete in a rigorous competition that will test their abilities in STEM, critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. 

We are so proud of you, Helen! 

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Rise of the Super Hawks
On Sunday, September 10th, our Hunter Athletics Super Hawks competed in the 5th Avenue Mile.
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Elementary Back to School assembly
We welcomed our newest kindergarten students and our new faculty members with a Back to School assembly on Friday and we started by learning our school song.
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HCHS announces 6 Broadcom Masters Semifinalists
Congratulations to Hunter's 6 Broadcom Masters Semifinalists!
Broadcom Masters is the middle school equivalent of the Science Talent Search run by Society for Science and the Public. Congratulations to all the students! 
 Gaang C.Grade: 8th
Project Title: Effects of Nutrition on Silk Production
Andrei I. Grade: 8th
Project Title: The Impact of Asteroid Composition on Their Appearance, Morphology and Motion
Jaeah K.Grade: 9th
Project Title: Plastic, Unlike Money, Grows on Trees: A Novel Method of Creating Bioplastic with Cissus rombifoliaFoliage
Jaejeong K.Grade: 9th
Project Title: Plastic (Unlike Money) Grows on Trees: A Novel Method of Creating Bio Plastic with Cissus rhombifoliaFoliage
Helen L.Grade: 9th
Project Title: Using Flotation Systems to Harness Wave Power Using Electromagnetism
Evie S.  Grade: 8th
Project Title: The Effect of Treatment on a Cell's Calcium Release
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Welcome back to school!
We hope you had a wonderful summer and we can't wait to see you soon!

The first day of class is Thursday September 7th
Kindergarten students start with 1/2 days on Thursday,9/7 and Friday 9/8

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