UCVTS Chess Club Competes in NJ High School Championship 2019
Left to right: Abishek Mhatre (captures trophy for 2nd place on board 2), Elie Kapengut ( captures 2nd place on Varsity board one, hardest seat) and Jack B. played board 4. The school took 6th place overall. Congrats to a job well done!
Missing in photo are team members Sid Lal ( board 3 Varsity) and Debdip Sengupta ( alternate player for Jack B.)
On Thursday, May 2nd, several students from the Union County Magnet High School visited The Arc Kohler School in Mountainside. Kristen Adams, Jadnie Kerlegrand, and Amanda Zheng presented their completed project, a modified slant desk, to a young girl with disabilities. These young women had worked diligently for the last few months in the UCVTS Makerspace to customize it for her. Another MHS student, Omay Edekar, finalized measurements he needed to create a grip for a wheel on a mobility device. This will be for a young boy so he will be able to push the wheel with his disabled hand. Erica Hurst, Maya Kessler, and Vanna Mendoza visited the school’s playground area in order to take measurements to plan for adaptive equipment. Approximately twenty students are continuing to work independently on Arc Kohler projects in the Makerspace under the guidance of Ms. Jackie Gerstein, technology teacher.
On the evening of March 26th, the Magnet High School hosted the program, Women's Night of Engineering, sponsored by the NJ Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Their mission is to "Stimulate women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders."
Students and their parents participated in both informational and interactive activities with several female engineers from the society. After hearing about the career paths of the engineers, students worked in groups on an engineering challenge to build a bridge with spaghetti, gummy bears, and rubber bands to support the biggest load. The importance of project management was emphasized.
Meanwhile, parents participated in an interactive presentation in which they learned about the variety of engineering careers available and discussed how to support and guide their daughters' interests and passions in the STEM fields.
Congratulations to the Magnet High School math team who placed first in the October 17th Central Jersey Math League contest held at Edison High School. There were over 20 teams and 150 students participating in the competition.
Jeff Tan received a perfect score, in a tie individually for first place in the competition. The rest of the first place team consisted of: Ryan Chang, Shawnak Deb, Allen D., Subhasish Mukherjee, Daniel Baton, Harsh Tiwary, Jason Wong, Anthony Zhang, and Caroline Zhao.
The next competition in November will be hosted by UCVTS. Good Luck Magnet!
Congratulations to the following Magnet High School students for being selected as Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program: Massimo Del Pizzo, Gayatri Ganesan, Daniel Matlin, Michael Matlin, Neil Mehta, Caitlin Moy, Varun Sangal, Jennifer Schug, and Yueling Xu. Over 1.6 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 PSAT. The Semifinalists are the highest scoring program participants in each state. They now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 90% of them are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Good luck!
All Magnet students are to report on Thursday, September 6th directly to the Magnet High School auditorium. After a brief assembly, students will follow an abbreviated A/B day schedule along with participating in some school specific activities. Students will have the opportunity to meet with all of their teachers. On Friday, September 7th, students will follow a normal "A" day schedule.
Congratulations to the Union County Magnet High School math team which placed third in the state of New Jersey in the 41st Annual State Mathematics Contest sponsored by the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey! The winning team members were Richard Wen, Allen D., Subhasish Mukherjee, Jeff Tan, Amanda Zhang, and Harsh Tiwary.
Richard individually placed first in the state with a perfect score. Allen, Subhasish, and Jeff individually placed second in the state, while Amanda and Harsh received an honorable mention award.
On December 13th, four teams from Union County Magnet High School competed at the TransOptions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge held at New Providence High School. The senior team made up of John Klikushin, Tyler Wright, and Thomas Han earned first place for speed. The team made up Varun Sangal, Daniel Matlin, Virendra Ghate, and Kara Jurczak earned first place for their documentation portfolio. Congratulations!
On December 8th, Union County Freeholders Christopher Hudak, Linda Carter and Alexander Mirabella recognized the recipients of the Susan Hudak Leadership Award at the 5th Annual Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP) Summit at Kean University in Union.
UC STEP is a daylong summit where sophomores and juniors from throughout Union County participate in hands-on activities focused on leadership, personal growth and civil engagement. More than 200 students from 22 high schools were divided into 11 groups and attended breakout sessions. One student from each group received the Susan Hudak Leadership Award.
Virendra Ghate, a Magnet High School junior, was recognized for the award representing the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools. Congratulations!
Read the NJIT news story below from the recent Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Physical Society meeting, where the contributions of Magnet HS students were highlighted and prominently recognized.
Magnet senior, Amanda Zhang, attended a competitive program at Yale University this past summer, which was coordinated by the Foundation for Teaching Economics. During the program, students explored the correlation between economics and leadership through rigorous and challenging activities. At the conclusion of the program, students were administered a rigorous examination designed to measure each student’s understanding of basic economic principles. Amanda placed among top performers at the level of Excellence. Congratulations!
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