The Husky Newsletter
The official newsletter of Hamilton High School 5/3-5/24
The year is coming to a close very quickly; however there is much still to be done. This time of the year is always exciting because we get to celebrate so many accomplishments of our students. From NHS inductions to playoffs games to scholarship awards, it is exciting to see Hamilton Students standout among the best across the nation. Also, this time of the year we begin to plan for the next school year. This being my first year, I am thrilled to be on campus this time of the year being able to make plans for the next school year. Hamilton High School has long been the standard for comprehensive high schools in Arizona and I can assure you that we are poised to continue the tradition.
Mike De La Torre
Hamilton High School
Speech and Debate at National Qualifiers
Speech and Debate competed among the best of the best in the statewide National Qualifiers. Our students dominated the competition - taking home TOP HONORS overall. Aside from the team winning FIRST place, we qualified SIX students to compete in the national tournament in Dallas, TX.
Please congratulate the following students who will represent Arizona in June:
Aatmik Mallya - 1st place Lincoln-Douglas debate
Nivea Krishnan - 2nd place Lincoln-Douglas debate...
Arjun Singh and Daniel Shih - 3rd place Public Forum debate
Juhi Khandelwal and Afreen Shah - 1st place Policy debate
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medals
Huskies Grace Zhang and Kaitlyn Zhang recently earned 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medals. Senior Grace Zhang(left) earned a silver medal for her poem titled “Color Me,”
and senior Kaitlyn Zhang (middle) earned a silver medal for her mixed media project titled “When Will Freedom Come?”
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Senior Jennalynn Fung, one of Merle McKinnon's AP photo students were recognized by the Region-at-Large program of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The alumni of this alliance include luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Idelle Weber, Ken Burns, Paul Chan and Kay Walkingstick. This year nearly 340,000 works were submitted. Jennalynn's images (above right side) were selected as the most outstanding work submitted in our region. She was awarded a silver key by the Alliance panel of creative professionals. This is a remarkable achievement by one of huskies!
Maricopa County Fair
We had a record 20 students attend and compete at the Maricopa County Fair this year! The judging was extremely grueling this year. The judge spent over 10 minutes per student quizzing them on their knowledge of chicken breeds, anatomy, breed standards and proper showing.
Nitara Sukumaran won 1st place in showmanship for the Intermediate Novice Division!!
Ella Butler was in the top 10 in the Intermediate Novice Division!! This was the largest division in the poultry competition with over 45 students. Piper Winiarski won 4th place for the Intermediate Division!!
Individual Chicken judging:
Nitara Sukumaran’s Light Brahma chicken won Reserve Breed and Reserve Variety.
Sabina Fox’s Buff Brahma chicken won Best of Breed and Best of Variety.
Michelle Thieu’s Rhode Island Red won 1st place
Piper Winiarski’s Rhode Island Red placed 2nd
Finley Lindsay’s Buff orphington placed 2nd – Her Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam placed 3rd.
Tristan Hall’s Mottled Cochin placed 2nd
Raegan Farrington’s Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam placed 2nd
Gabby Zwall’s White Plymouth placed 3rd
Ella Butler’s White Leghorn placed 3rd
Nicole Dawson’s Speckled Sussex placed 3rd
Alanna Morgan’s Black Australorp placed 3rd
Makayla Mont's Eton’s Black Australorp placed 3rd
Jovanni Sillezar’s Silver Laced placed 3rd
Jasmine Ferranti’s silver Americauna placed 3rd
Yasmin Bomerzaug’s Black Australorp placed 3rd
Jade Vo’s Black Cochin placed 3rd
2019 Spring Stock Market Game Competition
Please congratulate the following students who placed 2nd and 10th in the 2019 Spring Stock Market Game Competition.
2nd Place State Winners – Leila Cook, Beth Goldsobel, Claire Mraz, Cianna San Nicolas
10th Place State Winners – Darius Alston, Rey Lamostre, Mason Messenger, Trysten Zapata
The Stock Market Game is sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation (Securities Industry Financial Markets Association), The Arizona Council on Economic Education and Charles Schwab. The state competition ran from February 4, 2019 – April 18, 2019 and students were given $100,000 to spend on their stock portfolios. Our second place team had 11.5% rate of return and our 10th place team almost 9%. There were 300 participating teams with around 2000 students competing in the high school division.
HHS Early Childhood Education
Please congratulate the following Hamilton students:
Macy Parris, Lauren “Wren” Leon, Aliyah Cortez, and Paige Silva.
These young ladies are students in the HHS Early Childhood Education (ECE) program and members of the Family Career and Community leaders of America (FCCLA).
They traveled to Tucson this week to compete against other high schools across Arizona in the FCCLA State Leadership Conference.
They all earned a GOLD Medal after earning the top scores in their competitive public speaking category division.
Macy Parris presented about the importance of teaching young children and their families about proper nutritional habits and exercise to prevent the epidemic of childhood obesity in our country.
Lauren “Wren” Leon, Aliyah Cortez, and Paige Silva competed as a team about the importance of promoting language and literacy during the early childhood years to increase cognitive and brain development.
Their hard work and dedication to their education should be recognized and applauded.
Spanish National Examination
Our hard working Spanish students had outstanding results this year in the Spanish National Examination. Hamilton High students made up 30% of the gold, silver and bronze medalists in the state of Arizona!
We have an incredible Spanish department that works endlessly to make sure that our students are prepared. The students pictured are all Gold Medalists who tested in the top 5% in the nation.
We are so proud of you Huskies! #huskyproud
State Champion Boys Double Tennis Team
Husky nation, please congratulate our State Champion Boys Double team of Neil Bhardwaja and Rahul Bhat! This is the 2nd year in a row that your Boys Tennis Double team has claimed the State Championship. We are so proud of these seniors and Coach Gonzalez for all of their hard work. #huskyproud #tradition #integrity #excellence
Hamilton’s Senior Awards Night RSVP
Hamilton’s Senior Awards night will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 in the auditorium and begins at 6:30 pm. For the students that have indicated a desire to attend, they will receive their invitation on May 10th when they receive their cap and gown. Seniors need to be back stage of the auditorium no later than 6:00 pm.
Teacher Appreciation Nominees
West Alley BBQ in downtown Chandler is hosting a contest via social media encouraging parents to nominate their son or daughter's favorite teacher and why. Winning teacher will receive a catered lunch for his or her classroom. Will announce winner on National Appreciation Day - hopefully at the teacher's school that day. Details on West Alley's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/WestAlleyBBQChandler/