Farmington Schools students shine in year-end competitions

North Farmington Forensics Team wins CSI awards

North Farmington High School’s Forensics Science Team won three awards at this year’s “CSI: Oakland Crime Scene Competition”, held at Pontiac High School. Students worked together to solve the “Case of the Unlucky Ladder,” using fingerprints, blood type, hair samples, blood spatter patterns, and chemical and biological analyses to resolve the fictitious mysterious death. Through much analysis, students determined that the death of the wallpaper hanger, “O.B. Chwari”, was accidental.

North students received the Judges’ Award for Best Use of Technology, Best Biological Analysis and the Most Observant. Mike McIntyre, CFE STEM Coordinator for Oakland Schools, said that the students set a new standard. Lead by teacher Jennifer Bellore, students competed against two other top forensic science teams in the county. For more information about the league, visit

FPS students named National Merit Scholarship finalists

Fourteen Farmington Public Schools’ students are among more than 1,000 distinguished winners of the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. The following students advanced to the Finalist level by meeting criteria of their scholarship sponsors:

Farmington High School
  • Shriharimurthi Bhaskaramurthi
  • Dipika Krishnaswami
Harrison High School
  • Desi Dikova
  • Hameed Mujtaba
  • Elizabeth Ho
North Farmington High School
  • Sravan Balaji
  • Sarosh A. Irani
  • Mohit Bansil
  • Ponnila Sampath-Kumar
  • Carolyn P. Chow
  • Elizabeth Joy Sullivan
  • Zerses Cooper
  • Sreeram Thirupathi
  • Ambria M. Hopfe

Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range form $500 to $10,000 per year, or are provided in a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Harrison students win awards at MITES competitions

These Harrison High Engineering, Architecture and IB Design Technology students participated in the Michigan Industrial & Technological Education Society (MITES) competition at the state level:

1st Place – Wood Frame House “Contemporary Country Estate”: Brenna Johnson, Kimberly Lindberg, Ari Hollander, Alex Smith, and Ian Mathews

4th Place – Mousetrap Car: Nick DeWitt,

6th Place – Instructional Aid, “The Six Simple Machines”: Jeff Bell

Technical Writing (two divisions)

2nd Place – “Robotics Final Report”: Brian Turner

3rd Place – “The Hovercraft”: Brandon Hughes and “The Art of Hovering”: Jacob Honer

4th Place – “The Hovercraft”: Max Ledermann

5th Place – “Robotics & Mindstorms”: Kai Leung

6th Place – “The Rube Goldberg Machine”: Emma Vrooman, and “The Rube Goldberg Machine”: Abdeali Poonawala

7th Place – “Solar Cookers”: Kameron Jackson

Honorable Mentions:

Jessica Steslicki – Mechanical Drawing

Abdeali Poonawala – Mousetrap Car

Jacob Honer – Mousetrap Car

Roland Hill – Mousetrap Car

Four students from Harrison’s automotive program went to the MITES  automotive competition in Lansing, which was divided into two categories, Basic Maintenance and Advanced Service.

Alec Barber and David Candrianu represented Harrison in the Basic, while Jacob Dwyer and Ian Matthews competed in the Advanced. Each category was broken down into individual stations, with awards given from first through tenth place in each. There were 126 competitors from across the state.

David Candrianu placed 3rd in the Tool Identification category, and 8th in Fastener Identification. Alec Barber placed 8th in the Written category. Ian Mathews placed 9th overall, and also in the following categories: 4th in Engine Performance, 8th in Steering and Suspension, and 9th in Automotive Math.