We sat down with Sycamore middle school history teacher Tony Young ahead of his annual journey this week with the 8th graders to Washington, DC. He talked about the sites they choose to tour, what the trip instills in our students, and how the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a powerful piece of their trip.
Six Sycamore VEX Robotics teams claimed bids to World Championship as the Sycamore CyberEAGLE competed with over 400 robotics teams from across Indiana at the State Championship on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The World Championships will be April 24-27 in Louisville.
All of the teams advancing (two 5th grade teams and four Middle School teams) are ranked in the top 15 in the state, and two of the teams are in the top 10 in the country. Sycamore's Nathan Keith was named the VEX Mentor of the Year for the state of Indiana.
Sycamore competed at the State MATHCOUNTS competition at Purdue University this past weekend and was led by 8th grader Grace Yang, who finished in 4th place out of 225 students and earned a spot on TEam Indiana to compete at nationals. The top four students in the competition earn an all-expense paid trip to Orlando to compete. Grace will be joined by two students from West Lafayette Jr./SR. and one student from Clay to form team Indiana.
The 5th grade VEX Robotics boys team had a great day on Saturday (February 23 ) at Heritage Christian by sweeping the Excellence, Teamwork, and Skills Awards., and the 6-8 grade scores were good enough to get them to the elite level: All 7 CyberEAGLE teams next compete in State Finals on Saturday, March 9 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Sycamore School Science Bowl team captured the title at the Indiana Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Indiana State University in Terre Haute on Saturday (February 23). Sycamore took two teams, A and B, and the two eventually met in the final round of the tournament, sweeping the top two spots, with the Sycamore "A" team qualifying for the National Spell Bowl in Washington, DC in April.
The District Indiana State School Music Association Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Contest was held on Saturday, February 2 at Ben Davis 9th grade Center. Sycamore School has 104 band students who participated in the event. The student musicians performed music for a judge, who critiqued the student’s performance. The score was then tallied and each student or group earned a rating (gold, silver, bronze, participation). In addition, students participate in the event in one of five levels, with Group I being the most difficult, and Group V being for first-time participants. Students who earned a gold rating in Group I are eligible for the State Solo and Ensemble Contest that will be held on February 23rd at North Central High School. This is typically an honor that is reserved for high school upperclassmen, but 5 Sycamore School students were selected for this honor. Congratulations to all participants on outstanding performances.
The Sycamore School Academic Olympics squad defeated St. Pius X 68-35 in the semi-finals and then defeated St. Thomas Aquinas in the finals of the Cathedral Academic Olympics to win the 2018 Middle School title! Congratulations to the team consisting of 7th graders Alex Lu and Akshay Guttikonda and 8th graders Julia Thompson, Charlotte Thompson, Tanay Acharya, and Walker Gallapudi. The team is coached by History Teacher Tony Young.
On November 17, 175 mathletes from across Indiana, ranging from 5th to 8th grade, descended upon Sycamore School to participate in the 9th annual Sycamore Math Invitational. In the 8th grade and under division, West Lafayette 8th grader Patrick Li was the overall champion with an outstanding score of 39. In second place was Sycamore 8th grade Grace Yang with a score of 36. In 3rd place was Brady Exoo from Terre Haute.
On Saturday, the 8th Grade VEX IQ team earned the top prize - the Excellence Award - at the Klondike MS Tournament. In a day where Sycamore had seven teams in a strong 36-team field, the 8th grade VEX team edged out Sycamore's 7th grade team and two Zionsville Middle School squads to claim the top prize.
Sycamore Serves is a new SSA committee whose purpose is to help provide opportunities for our school community to offer their time and talents to help serve and make a difference in the community outside of Sycamore School. A visible, tangible, and easy-to-access way to get involved with Sycamore Serves is through the new whiteboard which has been installed in the Middle School hallway just outside the Bhatia Technology Lab. You are invited to answer the question, "How have you served?"
Sycamore alum Andrew Wu was part of the US team that won four gold medals at the International Chemistry Olympiad that was held July 19-29 in Slovakia and in the Czech Republic. Wu, who attends Park Tudor, was 12th in the gold medal category out of 300 high school students representing 76 countries. He said the team was unified in their goal of getting four gold medals this year. “We helped each other be the best we could.”