The National Council of Teachers of English reviewed the AMHS literary magazine in the spring of 2023 as part of the Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines contest. We are proud to announce that The Muse was awarded a certificate of “Excellence” by the Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines Program. Congratulations to all who work hard to make this magazine come together. We are so proud of your work!
MSD has earned a team record 109 wildcards to the state qualifying tournaments in March. A special congratulations to the following students who were awarded as a champion in their event at the most recent league tournament: freshmen Freyaa Chawla, sophomore Eliot Saglam, juniors Andrew Park, Niranjan Ashok, Sameet Das, Aarav Bavishi, Keri Parker and seniors Claire Lee, Anika Chatradhi, and Ria Sudhir
Annie Buchko was one of the organizers for Silicon Valley’s Student-Led “Martin Luther King Jr. Stop The Violence Event” on January 13th. This event, intended to build on the power of our youth, features leadership training, a VIP Reception, as well as fashion and talent shows. A student-led Bay Area Violence Prevention Campaign was also initiated during the event, and donations raised from the campaign will support student-led activities in Silicon Valley. Congratulations to Annie for her dedication to this campaign, and keep up the great work in our community!
History Club Members Place and Qualify for Nationals
Members of Archbishop Mitty's History Club participated in the National History Bowl regionals on Saturday, December 9th. The Varsity team made of juniors Mahit, Samarth and Suyog stood 5th in their division. The Junior Varsity team, composed of freshmen Sudhanva and Anika and sophomores Sid and Raaghav won their division, ending with an undefeated record and 1st place in a field of 11. The next day, Mahit competed in the regional History Bee, where he became the champion of the Varsity Division. These players have qualified for Nationals of both the National History Bowl and the History Bee, which they will compete in during May 2024. Good luck to you all.
In 2012, at the age of seven, Joey founded a toy drive called Joey’s Toy Drive. His creative thinking has provided various opportunities to grow Joey’s Toy Drive with local businesses, schools, and communities. Joey assembled a team this year to collect toys from multiple places. Then, the team dedicated an entire day to distributing toys to approximately 3,000 families, making Christmas possible for many families this season. Congratulations to Joey and his team. Keep up the good work!
AMHS Speech & Debate recently competed at the Glenbrooks Invitational in Chicago. The team had its most finalists ever, and out of 220 schools, our Monarchs placed 4th in Overall Individual Events Sweepstakes. Locally, MSD has earned 44 Wildcards to the State Qualifying Tournament, a special congratulations to recent league tournament champions freshman Ana Afilopai, Mia Wood, Andrew Wi, juniors Aarya Srinivasan, Aayaan Sahu, and Ansh Singhal.
Congratulations to the Robotics Team for making it to the playoffs as the 6th seed in the Madtown Throwdown offseason competition in November, which included a thrilling upset win against the 3rd seed. This marks the end of the 2023 season for the team, and they will now begin preparing to build a brand new robot starting in January for their competition season in March and April. Good luck to the team!
After undergoing a challenging audition process, freshman Leaf Tan, sophomore Jordan Daniher, junior Ben Schultz, and seniors Rebecca Louderback and Kevin Stovich, who are all members of Mitty's Concert Choir, were selected to be a part of the California Choral Directors' Association's Regional Honor Choir that took place last month. Ben will be going on to represent Mitty at the CCDA All-State Honor Choir in Sacramento this February. Congratulations to all of you!
Coach Sue Phillips has had an incredible career as head coach of the Monarchs’ women’s basketball program. She has led the Monarchs to 789 victories, winning 25 league titles, 24 CCS championships, 15 NorCal and 6 state championships. She has also led USA Basketball teams to four gold medals in international tournaments. To honor her contributions to the lives of so many student-athletes and to the game of basketball, yesterday on ESPN it was announced that this April, Coach Phillips will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee. Congratulations to Coach Phillips on this remarkable and well-deserved honor.
Sophomore Claire Kim was selected as the First Place Winner in the Flute Duet category of the prestigious American Protégé International Competition 2023. As a part of her prize, Claire has received a special invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall, showcasing her musical talents. Congratulations, Claire, for this outstanding accomplishment.
Every year, the Diocese of San Jose hosts an event called Saints in the City, which honors high school students from different parishes and schools across the Diocese, whose exemplary way of engaging with the community speaks strongly of lived discipleship. Four out of over 30 honorees came from Archbishop Mitty High School’s Class of 2024: Aiden Francis, Camila Garcia, Dario Kuroda, and Danielle Santos. These Monarchs were acknowledged for projecting virtues that resonated with virtues in the lives of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Maria Goretti, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Theresa of Avila. We are grateful for these students' profound faith and their willingness to share with their communities!
The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame annually names a male and female High School Athlete-of-the-Year. This year, both of the recipients are Monarchs: sophomore McKenna Woliczko and 2023 graduate Danny Scudero.
Congratulations to the nine seniors who were recently identified as College Board Recognition Program Scholars. To qualify for this honor, students need to score in the top 2.5% of test takers on the PSAT during their junior year and identify as one or more of the following: Latinx, Black, or Indigenous. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Jonathan on his acceptance to the 2023 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference. His research paper, titled "Development of a Low-Cost Vibration Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring: A Case Study on the Golden Gate Bridge," will be presented in-person at MIT on October 7th, and it will be subsequently published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
Olivia is an accomplished flutist and took second place in the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition last fall, granting her the amazing opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall this past summer. Olivia also performed as part of the Philadelphia International Music Festival where she performed the “Fantasy for Flute and Piano”. Congratulations Olivia!
This past summer at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona MSD placed top 20 in speech and top 40 in debate out of 2,000 schools. Recent graduate Sritha Bhupatiraju placed 2nd in Humorous Interpretation and Senior Sashank Balusu placed 6th in Congressional Debate, and was awarded the Top Presiding Officer. Congratulations to all team members!
Congratulations to sophomore McKenna Woliczko, who helped lead the USA women’s basketball team to a U16 gold medal at the FIBA Americas championship this summer in Mexico. McKenna was named to the all tournament team for her performance in the tournament, including an impressive 14 point, 9 rebound game in the gold medal game win over Canada.
Congratulations to Monarch alumnus Aaron Gordon who helped the Denver Nuggets win their first ever NBA championship last night. Aaron is in his third year with the Nuggets and played an integral role in helping lead the team to a championship. Known as an incredible defender, Gordon was the primary defender of multiple NBA superstars throughout the playoffs. As a Monarch, Gordon led the men's basketball team to four CCS, three NorCal and two state championsips.
Each year, several Archbishop Mitty students compete in the American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Olympiad local section exam. More than 200 students in the Silicon Valley section competed this year. Based on his exceptional score on the local exam, junior Jonathan Yu was selected as one of only 13 students in the Silicon Valley Section (and 1600 students nationwide) to advance to the national round of the Chemistry Olympiad competition held recently at Santa Clara University.
Freshman Bryan Chen was chosen out of 260,000 works from across the country to accept a Gold Medal Award for his short story, placing him within the top 1% of all submissions. Since 1923, the Awards have celebrated teen artists and writers from across the country, including notables, such as Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol—all of whom won Scholastic Awards when they were teens. Congratulations Bryan!
Congratulations to Freshman Varini Kadakia, Sophomore Aarav Sharma, and Junior Tebin Kim for their Honorable Mention recognition at this year's Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship.These three Monarchs were recognized for their independent research projects in the Physical Science and Engineering and Biological Science and Engineering Categories. Congratulations!
Junior Adelina Chau’s article, “Hybrid Quantum-Classical Generative Adversarial Network for Synthesizing Chemically Feasible Molecules”, was recently published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators. Adelina was also selected as one of 400 recipients of the 2023 National Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
This month MSD competed at both the Stanford and UC Berkeley Invitationals. Congratulations to those students who advanced to the final rounds in their events and a special congratulations to junior Kate Nidome for becoming Humorous Interp Champion.
More than 100 members of the team will compete starting today and continuing through this weekend for a chance to qualify to the State Championships in April.
Freshman Bryan Chen was selected as a Gold Key Recipient for Writopia Lab's Bay Area Writing Awards for his short story "5 Fish Walk into a Barn." Out of 2,965 works. Bryan's work was selected by a panel of literary professionals. He is 1 of 190 students from across the Bay Area being honored as having "the most accomplished works."
Congratulations to these 25 seniors for their selection as National Merit Finalists. Out of 16,000 semifinalists, these students met the requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition and will be considered for National Merit Scholarship awards in the near future.
Seniors Zoe Phoenix and Marta Ruiz were selected as California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Central Coast Region finalists for the 2022-23 Seymour Memorial Award. As finalists, Marta and Zoe each will receive a $2,000 award and will participate in a group interview with the other eight finalists. One finalist will be selected as the Central Coast Region Seymour Memorial Award Recipient and will receive an additional $3,000 at the awards ceremony.