Sophomore Adarsh Ambati developed a system that can be used by entire neighborhoods to save water at the cost of only pennies per day. His project won the hardware category in the Coolest Projects USA competition and was showcased in the July issue of MagPi, a tech magazine. Adarsh is sharing his project with the San Jose City Council to see if it can be applied to green spaces at public parks and schools. Read more here.
More than 20 Monarchs were recognized as national scholars last month. Seniors Ignacio Blanc Zoco, Julia Fong, Ana Gamboa-Gonzalez, Alessia Mandelli, and Ariel Rogoff were recognized as National Hispanic Recognition Scholars by College Board for their outstanding performance on the PSAT during their junior year. In addition to that, 16 other seniors were designated semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition based on their performance on the same test. These Monarchs were selected from 1.5 million entrants and represent less than 1% of all seniors in the country. Great job, Monarchs!
This September, students celebrated National Voter Registration Day by holding a third annual voter registration drive on campus. Currently, the high school holds the record for being the campus that has registered the most students to vote in Santa Clara County.
The speech and debate team placed first for the third year in a row at the Long Beach Invitational. This year, the team won the first place debate sweepstakes award for the first time in the program’s history. Congratulations to senior Joanne Park, who advanced to the final round of her event, and to senior Kritika Yerrapotu and juniors Milo Mee and Olivia Cookmanfor placing first in their individual events.
Monarchs demanded action on the climate crisis from downtown San Jose as part of the international Youth Climate Strike on Friday, September 20th. Junior Helen Deng helped facilitate the planning of the march and rally. Seniors Ashir Raza and Jason Chen, who are the Mitty Advocacy Project's environmental team leads, were among the keynote speakers along with Mayor Sam Liccardo, state officials, and other students activists from the area. Thank you to these Monarchs for speaking up to protect the planet!
Congratulations to Coach Sue Phillips '86 who was recently honored with the Gatorade Coaching Excellence Award as one of the best coaches in the nation. Watch a video about the sisterhood she creates on campus. Congratulations, coach!
Congratulations to senior Tyler Wesson, junior Stephanie Shao, and sophomores Adam Wesson and Remi Edvalson, who were named All-American divers by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association last week. This week, Remi was also named a National Champion by NISCA. Earlier this school year, Remi and Adam won the WCAL and CCS diving championships. Several student athletes advanced to state, where Remi won second place and Adam placed fifth. Congratulations, Monarchs!
Congratulations to junior Shevali Kadakia, who took first place at the University of California, Davis’ Teen Biotech Challenge earlier this month. Her project was part of the computational biology and genomics category of the competition. Great job, Shevali!
Congratulations to the softball team which won a CCS Championship just hours after graduation this weekend. The victory was especially sweet for the team's four graduating seniors. The title marks the program's 16th sectional championship. Read more in The Mercury News. Great job, Monarchs!
Sophomore Akhilesh Balasingam took first place in his category of competition at the California Science and Engineering Fair last week. Akhilesh’s project was named the best high school project of the year, earning him a $5,000 award. He qualified to compete in Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair, which will take place later this month. Great job, Akhilesh!