Farmington Schools students enjoy end-of-year success

Forest fourth grader receives perfect score in the WordMasters Challenge

Forest Elementary School student Jonathan Manela participated in this year’s WordMasters Challenge and earned a perfect score. The annual national vocabulary competition involves nearly 150,000 students.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge, Manela earned a perfect score of 20. Nationally, only 60 fourth graders achieved a perfect score. He also achieved individual Highest Honors in the overall competition. His cumulative score of 60 points placed him among the top 10-15 students nationwide, within his division.

Bansil wins National Merit Scholarship

North Farmington High School (NFHS) student Mohit Bansil was named a National Merit Scholarship recipient at Michigan State University after competing in the nation-wide contest.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 and provides $33 million annually in scholarships to an average of 4,000 high school seniors. The scholarships are provided by independent corporate and college sponsors.

Mohit Bansil plans on studying mathematics at Michigan State University. In addition to the National Merit Scholarship, Mohit has received the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship at MSU. Along with this recognition, he has been named one of the top 20 students of the incoming freshmen class at MSU. While at NFHS, Mohit founded and was president of the Physics Club and Tutoring Club. He took several dual enrollment courses and was conducting research with a Lawrence Tech professor.

“He is polite, intelligent, and kind,” said his counselor, Abby Lorion, when asked about Mohit and his successes.

Sullivan named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semifinalist

Elizabeth Sullivan, a senior at North Farmington High School, was named as one of nearly 700 semifinalists in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, having been selected from 4,700 applicants.

The Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1974, recognizes graduating seniors for their accomplishments in a variety of areas both in and out of the classroom. Up to 161 Presidential Scholars can be chosen in a given year.

“Elizabeth probably has the most integrity and intention of any student I have had in my 25 years of teaching,” says her Advanced Placement (AP) World Class teacher Derek Day. “She is a gift to this planet.”

Elizabeth studies both the trombone and the piano, has earned four varsity letters in softball and has served as captain on the team for two consecutive years, is active in her church’s orchestra, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has won countless awards for her academic, musical, and athletic achievements.

Hackbots receive honors for safety at world championship

The Hackbots robotics team, based out of Farmington High School, was recognized for the Safety Captain’s Performance at the FIRST World Championship held in St. Louis at the end of April.

Farmington Public Schools Hackbots (contributed photo)

Among 600 teams from across the nation, the team won awards in entrepreneurship and industrial safety at the state competition in Traverse City in early April. Preston Buszka, the team’s Safety Captain, was recognized for his performance at the World Championship.

The team consists of more than 70 Farmington Public Schools students who compete on Mechanical, Programming, Electrical, Business, and Graphics teams.

“Each part of the team worked hard competing with the robot, communicating our entrepreneurship ideas and illustrating how we perform safely as a team,” said Hackbots advisor Mark Skodack.

FIRST Robotics Competition is design to spark an interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields with high school students. Teams are given six weeks to design a robot to compete in games designed for the robotics competitions.

Four FPS students win Maxfield scholarships

The Farmington Area PTA Council awarded four Farmington Public Schools’ students with the C. Robert Maxfield Scholarship on May 16, 2016.

Sidney Schrand of Farmington High School, Nicholas Luty of Harrison High School, and Emilia Sgambati and Natalie Rollinger of North Farmington High School were awarded scholarships of up to $500. Students must be active members of the PTSA and have proof of enrollment in an accredited university, community college, or trade school within one year of applying for the scholarship to be awarded the scholarship.

All four students awarded the scholarship have impressive resumes that include far more than PTSA involvement. Sidney, a member of PTSA through middle school and high school, is also a member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew, and the Farmington Dance Company. Nicholas Luty holds the Harrison District Council Representative position (typically held by a district parent), and is a member of several organizations including Harrison’s Young Men Leadership Academy, World Language Club, the IB program, and the Model United Nations Club. Emilia Sgambati has served as President of the Michigan Green Schools Committee since her sophomore year, has volunteered at several animal rescue organizations, was an exchange student in Germany, and a member of the National Honor Society among several other extracurricular activities. Natalie Rollinger, a founding member of the Michigan Green Schools Committee, is active in the Student Senate and Senior Board and is a member of the Link Crew organization.

The scholarship is named after a former Farmington Public Schools’ Superintendent, C. Robert Maxfield.