CB West High School

Updates From Mr. Bucher

National History Day!

Congratulations to the following CB West National History Day Winners!


Senior History Papers Category:

1st Place - "A Well-Paid Slave is Nonetheless a Slave" - Jack O'Rourke

3rd Place - "The Balancing Act" - Nicole Magura


Senior Individual Websites:

3rd Place - "Freedom of the Press: Rights and Responsibilities of the Media" - Shelby Bingaman


Senior Group Exhibits:

1st Place - "We Believe that is does: "Brown v. Board of Education" - Brook Spencer and Emma Najibi

3rd Place - "The War is Here" - Spencer Gogol and Jarrett Redden


CB West is Proud!

Bucks County and Delaware Regional Science Fairs

The Delaware Valley Science Fair is a prestigious, nationally recognized fair that includes students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. An invitation to this fair is an honor. Congratulations to the following CB West Participants in The Delaware Valley Science Fair:


Bahner, Matt (Robocube)

3rd place: Computer Science

University of the Sciences, USP Scholarship ($40,000 Scholarship)

NANO/BIO Interface Center Award


Bhut, Mira (Injectable Hydrogels used for Delivery of Antibiotics to Site-Specific Regions)


Boulton, James (Asteroid Vaporizer)

3rd place: Earth and space science


Bremier, Zoe (Utilization of Porous Microspheres as Drug Delivery Agents Analyzed via Live-Cell Microscopy)

Society for In Vitro Biology Award


Craine, Amanda (Identification of Cell Markers with FTIR Spectroscopy by Comparison to Histological Methods)

Society for In Vitro Biology Award


Devlin, Ryan (From fruit skins to skinless leather: Tannin-like polymers as biomaterials building blocks)

Future Scientist/USDA Eastern Regional Research Center, Future Scientist Award


Glickman, Orli (Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils)

Institute of Food Technologists Award


Govani, Somil (Algorithmic Composition with PureData)

3rd place: Computer science

NANO/BIO Interface Center Award


Hensel, Shane (Identifying the Magnetic Properties of Iron at Nanoscale)

1st place: Physics

University of the Sciences, USP Scholarship ($60,000 Scholarship)

Yale Science and Engineering Association Award

The Franklin Institute Physics Award

NANO/BIO Interface Center Award

Drexel University, Partial Scholarship ($40,000 Scholarship)


Kelleher, James (Effects of Environmental Factors on Red Cherry Shrimp Coloration)

Honorable mention: Zoology


Kim, DhungJoo (Crude Oil Digesting Pseudomonas)

Honorable mention: Microbiology


McCausland, Hannah (Behavioral Arts)


Mullikin, Ella (Protecting Grass From Urea With Calcium Carbonate)


Resuta, Ashley (The Difference of Electrical Properties of Iron (Fe) Based on Thickness)


Watkins, Nathaniel (Hydrogen Detection via the Optical Properties of Gold and Palladium Nanoparticles)

2nd place: Chemistry

ASM International Foundation, Most Outstanding Exhibit in Material Science

NANO/BIO Interface Center Award

Jack Mixit Award


Watkins, William (Hydrogen Sensing via the Resistance of Fractured Palladium)

Honorable mention: Engineering


Wingert, Isabel (Electrical Properties of the Atomic Layerings of Fe and Ni Films)

2nd place: Chemistry

US Metric Association, Certificate

Society of Women Engineers- Hoffman Award


The Bucks County Science Research Competition is a presigious competition held right next door at Delaware Valley College. Students from across Bucks County are invited to particpate each year. Congratulations to the following CB West Participants in the Bucks County Research Competition:


Bahner, Matt (Robocube)

2nd place: Computer science


Bhut, Mira (Injectable Hydrogels used for Delivery of Antibiotics to Site-Specific Regions)

1st place: Medicine and health

Honorable mention: Society of Women Engineers


Boulton, James (Asteroid Vaporizer)

1st place: Earth and space science


Bremier, Zoe (Utilization of Porous Microspheres as Drug Delivery Agents Analyzed via Live-Cell Microscopy)

Honorable mention: Biochemistry

Dow Chemical Company special award


Craine, Amanda (Identification of Cell Markers with FTIR Spectroscopy by Comparison to Histological Methods)

2nd place: Medicine and health


Devlin, Ryan (From fruit skins to skinless leather: Tannin-like polymers as biomaterials building blocks)

3rd place: Biochemistry


Glickman, Orli (Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils)

3rd place: Microbiology


Govani, Somil (Algorithmic Composition with PureData)

1st place: Computer science


Hanbicki, Deiter (Strontium-90 Beta Radiation Shielding using Magnetic Fields generated by Current Carrying Wires to a Modern Central Processing Unit in a Cloud Chamber)


Hensel, Shane (Identifying the Magnetic Properties of Iron at Nanoscale)

1st place: Physics


Hotham, Hayden (A Solar Powered Quadcopter)

Honorable mention: Engineering

The Precarious Alliance Award


Jia, Ashley (Removal of anionic contaminants by anion exchange resins)

Honorable mention: Society of Women Engineers


Kelleher, James (Effects of Environmental Factors on Red Cherry Shrimp Coloration)

3rd place: Zoology


Kershner, Ethan (Effects of Rhodiola Rosea on the Lifespan of Drosophila)


Kim, DhungJoo (Crude Oil Digesting Pseudomonas)

1st place: Microbiology


McCausland, Hannah (Behavioral Arts)

3rd place: Behavioral and Social Sciences


Mullikin, Ella (Protecting Grass From Urea With Calcium Carbonate)

2nd place: Botany


Resuta, Ashley (The Difference of Electrical Properties of Iron (Fe) Based on Thickness)

2nd place: Engineering

Honorable mention: Society of Women Engineers


Watkins, Nathaniel (Hydrogen Detection via the Optical Properties of Gold and Palladium Nanoparticles)

1st place: Chemistry


Watkins, William (Hydrogen Sensing via the Resistance of Fractured Palladium)

1st place: Engineering


Wingert, Isabel (Electrical Properties of the Atomic Layerings of Fe and Ni Films)

Honorable mention: Chemistry

The Precarious Alliance Award

Honorable mention: Society of Women Engineers

Delaware Valley College Heritage Award ($32,000 scholarship)


Woodrow, Dean (The Survival of Cyanobacteria and their Production of Oxygen in a Simulated Martian Environment)

2nd place: Earth and space science

Delaware Valley College Heritage Award ($32,000 scholarship)

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) is a coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.


The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing acknowledges the computing achievements and aspirations of young womenand generates visibility for women's particpation in computing-related pursuits. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.


Congratulations to Miss Mira Bhut for representing CB West at the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Mira was just recently recognized as the 2014 Philadelphia Area Award for Aspirations in Computing Winner.

Lacrosse News!

Congratulations to Elena Romesburg! Elena scored her 200th goal againist Upper Moreland last week. CB West is Proud!

Community Involvement at CB West

Congratulations to Miss Ruhy Patel for serving as the Junior Council Person of Doylestown Borough since September 2013. We are all proud! For more information on Ruhy's responsibilities and contributions this past year, please visit Doylestown Borough's Website.

Boomerang Award and Nominations!

Senior, Joshua Douglas is the district Boomerang Award winner for March. He was nominated for Asset #38 Self Esteem.


Ms. Power is currently taking nominations for the CB Cares Boomerang Award for April.


This month’s Asset is: #25 Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.


To nominate a student to receive this month’s award, please email the student name and grade along with a brief explanation of how/why you feel this student exemplifies this asset. Please email Ms. Power (vpower@cbsd.org) your nomination by Thursday, April 17.


All the assets selected for this school year are posted on our website.

Best Communities for Music Education!

For the second year in a row, the Central Bucks School District has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. This doesn’t happen without the continued support of all of the stakeholders, including parents, other community members, students, teachers, administrators and school board members. Thank you to everyone for your continued support for music in the Central Bucks School District, for the benefit of our students!

News From The Art Department!

Congratulations to Taylor DeFeo who took home one of the Congressional art awards, given at the 19th Annual Bucks County High School Art Exhibition at Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick was there to give out the awards. Nineteen school districts participated in this event with over 280 art pieces on exhibit, and only 4 awards were given. Congratulations again to Taylor for producing outstanding work!

2014 Vans Custom Culture Contest

Students in Mrs. Levin’s Art 1-4 class participated in the 2014 Vans Custom Culture contest. Vans sent four pairs of sneakers to CB West, and students worked to create extremely unique designs based around the following themes: ART, MUSIC, LOCAL FLAVOR and ACTION SPORTS. A big thank you goes out to the following students for their hard work and dedication to the project: Jamila Branch, Orli Glickman, Mark Farrell, Kayla Hamilton, Katy Ma, Aaron Moskoff and Kevin Walters.


On April 25, we will find out if our entries are part of the top 50 (out of 2,000 schools that participate nationwide!) If we are chosen, there is a public vote and the top five go to NYC for a chance to win $50,000 for CB West’s art program!