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At the Michigan FIRST Robotics Championship in Saginaw (April 14), the Novi school system was recognized by Governor Rick Snyder for supporting the full progression of FIRST programs from early elementary through high school. Frog Force president, Shivani Bongu, accepted the award in Saginaw.
Frog Force also reached the semifinals in the division, accumulating enough points to be invited to compete in the World Championships. Team member Kirsten Anderson was named a finalist in the Dean’s List competition, recognized as an outstanding team leader among teams throughout Michigan, and eligible to compete at Worlds.
The FIRST World Championships are taking place in Detroit this year, from April 26-28. Teams from around the world in all four levels of FIRST will be gathering in the Motor City to learn, network, and compete.
Novi FTC teams, Black Frog Robotics 6134, will also be competing. The qualifying competitions, and the initial playoff rounds will take place at Cobo Center. The opening ceremony, final FRC competition, and closing ceremony will take place at Ford Field.
Jammin Bananas finished second out of 20 teams in their challenge level at the Destination Imagination state tournament. The Jammin Bananas team of six consists of students from Novi Meadows, Village Oaks Elementary and Ridgewood Elementary.
Jammin Bananas, along with six other Novi Community School District teams competed, in the state finals on April 14 at Michigan State University. Before competing in the finals, the team finished first in the February regional competition. The team will compete in the DI global finals in Knoxville, Tennessee in May. The DI global competition will include teams from 45 states and 14 countries.
Novi students on the Jammin Bananas are Novi Meadows fifth-graders Sonia Baptist, Luli Naruse and Emma Wong, and Village Oaks fourth-graders Hailee Parikh and Christiana Vushaj.
In lieu of gifts for his sixth birthday, Parkview kindergartener London Jackson asked his friends to donate to Little Kids Rock. In doing so, London raised $650 for the non-profit.
Little Kids Rock helps bring music education and instruments to schools who have had their programs cut because of a lack of funding. London knows how fortunate he is to be in the Novi Community School District, where students have such great programs. His selfless act raised enough money to give 26 kids weekly music instruction for an entire year.
CLICK HERE to learn more about London’s Little Kids Rock fundraising efforts.
On Nov. 11, 2018, three Novi student athletes – Novi Woods fourth-grader Hudson Zhao, and Novi Meadows fifth-graders Colin Tunney and Teddy Donahue – helped their team, the 2007 Novi Ice Cats, win the Buffalo River Outdoor Classic at The Riverworks in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Ice Cats had to win five games on the outdoor rink in order to win the weekend tournament and bring the hardware home to Novi.
Pictured: Hudson Zhao (second row, first on the left); Colin Tunney (second row, third from left); and Teddy Donahue (second row, fifth from left).
Novi High School sophomore Mackenzie Magliocco and the Ann Arbor Hockettes represented the United States at the Neuchâtel Trophy – an international, multi-level synchronized skating competition held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland – Jan. 19-21.
The team returned home to Michigan with bronze medals.
Next up for the Hockettes – the International Skating Union’s Trophy d' Ecosse 2018, which will be held in Dumfries, Scotland, from Feb. 9-11.
Novi High School freshman Samhita Bolisetty graduated in Prabhasam after five successful years of Telugu-language learning from California-based SiliconAndhra ManaBadi.
She also went to back-to-back national Telugu competitions – called maatalaata – held in San Jose and Chicago. Samhita advanced to the nationals by winning first-place both times in Michigan.
Samhita also successfully passed, with distinction, from India’s Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, where they provide testing for SiliconAndhra students in the U.S.
On Jan. 25, five student athletes from the Novi Community School District helped their team win gold at the 2018 Midwestern/Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Wichita, Kansas.
Novi Middle School students Meaghan Tunney and Emma Johnson were teammates with Novi Meadows sixth-grader Elena Levine and Novi High School sophomores Shreya Raval and Gauri Patel.
Their team, Allegro!, captured the Open Juvenile category, outscoring 17 other teams from the Midwest to win the championship.
PHOTO: Novi skaters are Elena Levine (front row, second from left); Emma Johnson (Back row, fifth from left); Gauri Patel (back row, sixth from left); Shreya Raval (back row, seventh from left); and Meaghan Tunney (back row, tenth from left).
Novi Meadows sixth-graders Gabe Armstrong and Jackson Kinter learned the meaning of community service when they spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day making and distributing lunches to the homeless in Detroit.
The boys, along with their Compuware hockey team, spent their day off from school by participating in a mission outreach with Farmington-based Another Day Resource Center.
The team also brought clothes to homeless Veterans.
Photo (from left to right): eighth-grader Max Kinter, Jackson Kinter and Gabe Armstrong. (Photo provided)
ALL THE NEWS FIT TO PRINT:
In October, Ichiro Foster, a second grader at Parkview Elementary, had his essay published in Shukan New York Seikatsu, a Japanese newspaper based in New York City. Out of 100 submissions, Ichiro, who was born in the United States, was one of six writers chosen to have his essay printed!
Here is a translation of Ichiro’s essay titled “My Family”:
In my family there is me, my mother and my father.
My mother is Japanese. She is a little tall and slim. She is kind, and buys candy and toys to give me. So I love her.
My father is American. He speaks a little bit of Japanese. We always play together. Recently, he taught me how to catch fish. It was really fun.
GIVING A HELPING HAND: Last month, Novi Meadows students Sumukh Kallur, Neil Sinha, Kritin Bheemineni, and Ayush Venkannagari participated in a community service activity at Gleaners Food Bank in Howell, helping bag several pounds of potatoes and apples. Way to go, gentlemen!
A WINNING SPIRIT: The 11U Heat Baseball team went to The Summit City Sluggers tournament in Indiana this summer. All proceeds of the event went to cancer research, and our Novi boys raised $1,500 – mostly on their own – which was the most raised by any team at the tourney. To top it off, the Heat, comprised mainly of sixth graders from Novi Meadows, won the championship!
Boys from Novi on the team are Boden Fernsler, Thad Lawler, Drew Pleet (seventh grader at Novi Middle School), Wyatt Sparkman, Yu Sugioka, Nolan Thompson, and Caleb Walker.
DANCING QUEEN: This summer, Sahasra Yalavarty participated in an Indian Dance competition held by Detroit Telugu Association. The fourth grader at Novi Woods took home first prize in the "classical dance" category, which is a very intense dance program that needs dedication, concentration, expression and energy.
TIME IN SPACE: This summer, Novi High School freshman Sujit Lakshmikanth won the Mars Exploration Zone Map Design competition, hosted by the International Cartography Association. He was then selected to present his work at the International Cartography Conference, which was held in Washington D.C. in July.
Sujit’s work, titled “Map of Mawrth Vallis for the Manned Mission to Mars” was intended to propose a road/resource map for the Mawrth Vallis exploration zone to guide the exploration of the manned missions to Mars.
Mawrth Vallis is a 636 kilometer ancient water outflow channel, which terminates at the border of the southern highlands and northern lowlands. Just south of the terminus of Mawrth Vallis, is the exploration zone. There’s a high bio-signature preservation potential, meaning that most evidence of the past environment would have been likely to be preserved. The exploration zone contains the largest amount of phyllosilicates on Mars, yielding information about past environments, water can be extracted and other elements such as Iron, Aluminum, and Silicon can also be collected from the clay. It has the most abundant hydrated mineral resource on Mars.
All the craters, water features, labels, and the routes were all drawn with the Science Regions of Interest (ROIs) layer. The landing sites were drawn with the Landing Zone layer, and the ellipses were made with the Landing Site Ellipse layer, which Sujit renamed to Science and Resource ROIs + Outcrop B. This map of Mawrth Vallis should be used during the manned mission to Mars because this map shows many of the natural features of the exploration zone, the routes are at a low incline, which would reduce difficulty traveling through the Mawrth Vallis. Most of the distances between the landing sites and ROIs as well as between the ROIs are short, reducing time for traveling and increasing time for exploration.