|Oak Hall’s results were the best ever for our school!|
The school year is coming to a close, yet the Oak Hall Speech & Debate Team continues to meet new challenges and exceed expectations! Florida high schools hold a speech and debate state championship solely for first year competitors called the Novice State Tournament. The event is the largest statewide event of the year and is sponsored by the Florida Forensics League (FFL). The tournament took place at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL on April 21-23. Oak Hall’s results were the best ever for our school!
The State Champion Runner ups in Policy Debate are the team of Emily Liu '19 and Jackson Gaines '19. Angela Xie '19 received 6th place in the state, as an Oral Interpretation of Literature Final Round competitor, and Esha Patel '20 was a Quarterfinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking tying for 13th place. Also, attending the FFL first year championship tournament was Rohan Parimoo '19, Angela Sanchez '20 and Ian Burns '20.
Next up for the OHS Speech & Debate team is The Oak Hall Scramble (Saturday, May 6, at Oak Hall), a workshop/scrimmage for our middle school and youngest competitors, and the year ending National Championship Finals in Louisville, Kentucky (May 27-28) and Birmingham, Alabama (June 18-23). Representing Oak Hall at these two prestigious events are: Emily Liu
, Jackson Gaines
, Angela Xie
, and Kumail Zaidi '20
. For more information on the Speech & Debate Team or these specific events, contact Mr. Marna Weston
, Oak Hall Director of Forensics.
|She is one of seven students chosen from the Gainesville area.|
Junior Lauren Wilkinson was presented with an Excellence in Theater Arts Award by the Friends of Theater & Dance Board Members at a Convocation Ceremony at UF on Wednesday, April 19.
Seven students were chosen from the Gainesville area to receive this award for their continual dedication to theater and their leadership abilities.
|Look for Armstrong to have a breakthrough 2018 season.|
|The Oak Hall Latin program has established itself as the best in Florida.|
For the fourth consecutive year, the Oak Hall Latin program has established itself as the best in Florida after earning first place in the Senior Division in both the Academic and Overall Sweepstakes at the 68th Florida Junior Classical League State Latin Forum.
Forty-five Oak Hall Latin students in grades 7-12 competed in the annual competition among more than 1,000 students from across Florida, which was held on April 6-8 in Orlando.
In the Senior Divison, 25 students in grades 8-12 won a total of 52 individual awards, including 18 first places. Lindsay Jenkins '21, Akhila Nataraj '21, Austin Montini '21, and Sean Amiel '18, each received book awards for placing first in both of their individual contests.
The Junior Division team, consisting of nine seventh-graders, won a combined total of 15 individual awards, including a first place for Ria Patel '22. The small but mighty group earned fourth place in the Junior Division Academic Sweepstakes and fifth place in the Overall Sweepstakes.
Additionally, four Oak Hall teams vied for the State Certamen Championship. Noah Harris '18, Noah McThenia '17, and Sarah Pincus '19, captured first place on the Advanced level, and Anya AitSahlia '21, Lindsay Jenkins '21, Graham Bernstein '21, Austin Montini '21, and Caroline Pizzurro '21, placed first in Novice. The Intermediate team of Teddy Gotsch '20, Rushee Soni '20, Keegan Hogan '20, Kumail Zaidi '20, and Esha Patel '20, came in second, while the seventh-grade team placed ninth.
Oak Hall also continued its tradition of strong student leadership in the FJCL with the election of Sarah Pincus '19 and Kiki Schmalfuss '18 to the positions of FJCL Secretary and Historian, respectively. Collin Kane '18, who is currently serving as FJCL Vice President, obtained approval of the convention delegates for his candidacy at the National Junior Classical League Convention this summer. Additionally, Dr. Sangco-Jackson was appointed to a three-year term as Certamen Co-chair.
Club sponsors Mr. Jackson, Mr. Williams, and Dr. Sangco-Jackson are immensely proud of the hard work and dedication that the students have invested in their Latin studies. Now, on to Nationals!
|The girls were the only players to try out and all four made the prestigious 22 member squad.|
Congratulations to Oak Hall Lacrosse players Halle Ebling '18, Kaylyn Koons '19, Lauren Rogers '20, and Mason Yonge '18, for their selection to the North Florida Region National Tournament Team.
These four ladies represented the only players to try out for Oak Hall and all four made the prestigious 22 member squad. The National Tournament, sponsored by US Lacrosse is being held at Yale University this year over Memorial Day weekend.
Great job, ladies!
|Thad Spiker and Chase Trunnell are the first two students to be named for Oak Hall.|
, a junior, was named a 2017 US Lacrosse High School All American. A US Lacrosse All-American is recognized for “superior skills and techniques and possesses exceptional game sense and knowledge. A US Lacrosse All-American is one of the best players in the United States, while also embodying excellent sportsmanship.” Thad is committed to play lacrosse at Villanova University.
Chase Trunnell, a senior, was named a 2017 US Lacrosse Academic All-American. An Academic All-American “exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.” He is committed to play football at Amherst College.
They are the first two students to be named for Oak Hall School. Congratulations!
|Sara was one of the selected few amongst international scholarship applicants who received Exceptional Merit Scholarship award.|
Sara Andreola ’21,
was one of the selected few amongst international scholarship applicants who received Exceptional Merit Scholarship award from The Scholarship Committee of The Foundation for International Education to attend The Oxford Prep Experience summer camp in Oxford University in England on July 1-27, 2017.
“The Committee was profoundly impressed by your candidature and, to recognize your hard work, elected to award you an Exceptional Merit Scholarship,” said Elene Koukatsikas, Admission-Oxbridge Academic Programs.
The Oxford Prep Experience is an academic program for students in grades 8-9 held in Oriel College, Oxford University, England. There are nearly 30 courses available, as diverse as Creative Writing, History’s Secrets, Psychology, and Speech and Debate.
The international faculty includes Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, as well as creative professionals – actors, artists, photographers, and writers – from London and elsewhere. Together with program administrators, including Program Deans and Activities Directors, students enjoy a daily schedule that combines intellectual and curricular adventure, cultural enrichment, guest speakers, field trips, activities and sports – all in a safe, supervised environment.
Sara will be taking Psychology as her major and Photography for her minor.
|“Our Spanish Level I team did a great job,” said Spanish teacher, Elizabeth Arroyo-Mendez.|
Twenty-two middle school students joined five other area schools for the the North Central Spanish Language Festival at PK Yonge on Saturday, April 1.
"Our Spanish Level I team did a great job," said Spanish teacher, Elizabeth Arroyo-Mendez.
Piper Lyons won First place, and Diego García-Colon won Third place in the Spelling Bee.
Three students were awarded "Outstanding" in Speech: Diego Garcia-Colón with 40 points got perfect score, Mía Curie got 39 point and Lauren Cohen got 38 points. Five students were awarded "Superior" in Speech: Alexa Katz, Rachel Myers, Piper Lyons, Sara Andreola, and Ellie Storoe. Four students were awarded "Excellent" in Speech: Adel Acs, Elise Amerman, Katelyn Kinsell, and Jake Gill. Ten students were awarded "Good" in Speech: Savannah Gilson, Thomas Gloriod, Charlie Delatorre, James Wilcox, Avery Groom, Austin Groom, Amelia German, Callie Harrington, Ella Avera, and Justina Chen.
Three students were awarded "Outstanding" in Poem Declamation: Reece Olinger with 36 points, Lauren Cohen and Elise Amerman got 40 points - perfect score! Seven students were awarded "Superior" in Poem Declamation: Sara Andreola, Avery Groom, Justina Chen, Ella Avera, Amelia German, Ellie Storoe, and Rachel Myers. Two students were awarded "Excellent" in Poem Declamation: Callie Harrington, and Savannah Gilson. Three students were awarded "Good" in Poem Declamation: Jake Gill, Katelyn Kinsell, and Austin Groom.
Katelyn Kinsell won Second place in the Art Project. The Spanish Middle School Club won third place in the Scrapbook project, and second place in the Poster Group Project.
|After winning first place within their categories at the Alachua County Science Fair, three students competed at the state level.|
At the 62nd State
Science and Engineering Fair of Florida on March 28-31 at the Lakeland Center,
Oak Hall students Talar Terzian '19, Esha Patel '20, and Anya
AitSahlia '21, competed after winning first place within their
categories at the Alachua County Science Fair.
At the state level, Talar was awarded 3rd place Senior Division: Environmental Engineering. Esha received the Honorable Mention Merit Award Senior
and Astronomy. Anya received the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists Award and $50 from the Florida Association of Science Supervisors. She also received the Recognition Award in Physics and Astronomy.
Congratulations for your hard work and dedication!
|Ria is one of 64 young women selected to attend.|
Ria Patel '22,
has been selected to attend the Tech Trek science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp on June 11-17, 2017! Tech Trek is an engaging one-week summer camp for girls featuring hands-on science and technology classes, a fun and educational field trip, opportunities to meet inspiring women role models, and a unique college campus experience. The girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists.
Tech Trek will be held at Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and is a collaboration between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Florida AAUW. Over 150 girls applied to attend camp and only 64 were selected to attend.
|This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities.|
Sophomore Talar Terzian
has been honored with the Prudential Spirit of Community President's Volunteer Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.