Sycamore's Quiz Bowl Team competed Championship Tournament during the May 7/8 event sponsored by National Academic Quiz Tournament. At the Chicago competition, Sycamore finished 21st out of 144 schools with a combined record of 7-5 (including playoff rounds).
Sycamore's Science Bowl Team, consisting of Alex Cheng (8th), Connor Kacena-Merrell (8th), Sophie Liang (8th), Justin Puno (8th) and Owen Zhang (8th), have earned a spot in the top eight in-person National Science Bowl Finals in July.
Sycamore had eight of the 17 Level 2 gold medalists from the state of Indiana in the recent 2021 National Spanish Exam (NSE). The test, administered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) was taken by 76 Sycamore MS students (22 8th graders, 30 7th graders, and 24 6th graders) after six months of preparation.
In the recent release of results, students completed a two-part, 80-minute online exam gauged to assess their Proficiency (Reading and Interpreting) and Achievement (Vocabulary and Grammar) and Sycamore had 66 students - including all 22 8th graders - place nationally in the 50th percentile or higher. (click read more to individual student results of the national test, with gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention honors.)
In the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (ATSP) poster contest for 7th and 8th graders in the Sycamore MS, three winners will advance to local and statewide competition.
With 76 Spanish student taking the National Spanish Exam, 12 Sycamore students earned perfect scores in the Proficiency (Reading/Listening) section of the NSE. The raw scores will be followed in May by student national percentile placements. Below are many of the impressive "raw scores" of note:
A total of 10 CyberEAGLE teams qualified for the World Robotics Championship as CyberEAGLES VEX Robotics teams competed at the at the Indiana State Robotics Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium. Highlighting the day, CyberEAGLES team 10775A claimed the State Skills Championship and Excellence Award at the event. The World Robotics Championship will be held this year in Dallas, Texas from May 3-12.
By finishing in the top 4, Kaitlyn Park and Jennifer Hu earned two of the four spots on the National MATHCOUNTS Team for Indiana. Since two Sycamore students were on the team, Sycamore math teacher and coach Trent Tormoehlen, was named the 2022 coach for the team. The National MATHCOUNTS Competition will be held in Washington DC on May 8th.
Led by Justin Puno who finished 2nd overall out of 122 participants, Sycamore took 5 of top 10 spots at the Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition. Kaitlyn Park was 3rd, Jennifer Hu 6th, Sophie Liang 8th, and Shayen Maun 9th. State competition is March 12, with top scorers advancing to the national competition in May. Also earning state qualifying scores for Sycamore were Riti Tandra, Alex Cheng, Leo Sniderman, Akhil Jois, and Evan Ting.
Sycamore won the championship at the Indiana State Junior Academic Quiz Bowl tournament on Saturday, February 26.. The final match was an all Sycamore affair as Sycamore A defeated Sycamore B in the final match to finish 8-0 on the day and win the title of Indiana.
Sycamore had three students qualify for the prestigious American Invitational Math Exam (AIME) on the AMC 10B portion of this year's competition, led by 8th Grader Justin Puno with a score of 109.5. His score was the 2nd highest middle school score in the state. Audrey Alberts and Kaitlyn Park join Justin in qualifying for the AIME with scores of 102, becoming the top female finishers in Indiana.
Sycamore had an outstanding showing at the ISSMA competition on January 29. On Saturday, Sycamore had 26 groups perform at Winds, Percussion, and Strings Solo & Ensemble. Of those events, 22 received Gold ratings and 4 events received Silver ratings with a few perfect scores!
Debuting their new robot in competition, 10775R won Excellence, Teamwork, and Skills at the Zionsville Winter Middle School Tournament. With their performance, 10775R earned an automatic bid to the State Championship held on Saturday, March 7. CyberEAGLES Squads 10775A and 10775C won the Teamwork Championship at Heritage Christian in a dramatic tiebreaker match.
The Middle School language arts department at Sycamore, made up of Beth Simpson, Courtney Corcoran, and me - Emilie Molter - has been closely examining the way writing is taught and how well our students are prepared for the writing they will be asked to do in high school. After surveying alumni who are sophomores and juniors in high school, I caught up with three alumni. From talking with these students, it was clear that our students are well prepared for the writing they do in high school, and there are still areas we can enhance to prepare them even more.
From the youngest scientists in Early Childhood to the veteran Middle School students, they get to build a hands-on resume that they will eventually carry with them to high school and, in many cases, beyond. It comes from the classroom, the academic teams, after-school activities, and the passion from teachers.