William Tennent Update

May 2022

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Hello, William Tennent Families.

We have had an amazing month here at William Tennent High School! In addition to all of the daily teaching and learning happening, this is the time when we showcase much of what we have learned throughout the school year. In April, we celebrated the musical talents of our students during Fine Arts Week, as well as with our Spring Instrumental Concert. We were amazed by our talented students’ creations in our Fashion Show, Revolution Runway, and dazzled by the stunning arrival of our Class of 2023 and their guests at our Junior Prom. We honored our administrative assistants, our transportation and cafeteria staff, and our Board of School Directors at our annual Dinner for Those Who Serve, recognizing the contributions of all of those who go above and beyond to make sure that CSD students have everything they need to thrive. In addition to our students’ weekly athletic competitions, we saw two of our WT relay teams compete at the Penn Relays. Finally, we ended the month with Science Day at WTHS where we celebrated our high school students who are involved in the TRIP Initiative, a partnership with Fox Chase Cancer Center, and our district’s youngest scientists with a day of fun activities and experiments hosted by our high schoolers. As May begins, we look forward to our Film Festival, Art Showcase Night,Spring Choral Concert, the Senior Prom, Hall of Fame Induction, 8th grade orientation, and many high school sports events!

Most importantly, we are preparing for opportunities to show all that we have accomplished academically this year. Advanced Placement exams, Keystone exams, and final exams are here and we are wishing all our students the best on these important tests. We know the end of the year is quickly approaching for our Class of 2022, and we have wonderful events planned between now and Commencement on June 9 to recognize their contributions to WTHS, as well as to commemorate all of their years in the Centennial School District.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. If you have the opportunity, please reach out to one of your student’s teachers and tell them what a good job they have done. I want to thank all of our CSD teachers, not just those at William Tennent. As graduation approaches, I am reminded that, while we at Tennent get to celebrate our students’ growth in an amazing ceremony, we are only one part of the journey to a high school diploma. Parents, guardians, and other family members play an important role in our seniors’ success. Counselors, central office staff members, elementary and middle school teachers, administrators and support staff, and many others help our students develop into the mature, prepared alumni they will soon become. On June 9, we will all be celebrating together.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Take care and be well!

Dr. Henrich

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Celebrating Science with student-led activities

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Science Day was a big hit! Participants had the opportunity to experience hands-on science activities run by the WTHS Science National Honors Society. The student-led activities included simple dissection, water tricks, chemistry, robotics, and a crash course on fruit flies and how they can be used in research.

Revolution Runway Fashion Show 2022

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Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby 2022

Thanking those who serve our students

Student Government and Athletic Council hosted the Dinner for Those Who Serve to thank the cafeteria, custodial, transportation, and School Board members for all of their hard work.

Students place in the FBLA State Leadership Conference

On April 11th-13th, sixteen William Tennent students attended the PA FBLA State Leadership Conference in Hershey, PA. Students attended professional workshops and competed in competitive events. Attached is a list of WT students that qualified for the State Leadership Conference and a list of WT students that placed in the Top 10 in Pennsylvania in their respective events. There are some photos included from the trip as well with student names.

Students placing in the Top 4 in their competitive events qualified for the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois (June 29 to July 2).

Rahul Anantuni, Class of 2022, placed first in his respective event. His reflection on his time within the William Tennent FBLA club can be found below.

My FBLA Journey

By Rahul Anantuni

Class of 2022

I have been a member of FBLA for seven years and an officer for two of those years. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a national organization with a mission that “inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.”

Through middle and high school FBLA, I have had amazing opportunities and experiences that will help me greatly in my future. I have made many meaningful relationships and pushed myself to achieve big goals. My goals included volunteering in my community, participating in and leading my chapter as an officer, and winning competitive events at the state and national levels.

A large part of FBLA was participating in competitive events. Over the years, I have been a state qualifier in the following events: Information Technology, Business Communication, and Spreadsheet Applications. My biggest achievement happened this year with Database Design and Application. The event focused on the ins and outs of Microsoft Access, requiring a demonstration of a solid understanding of database usage including tables, queries, relationships, forms, reports, and more. There was a production test that asked me to complete a set of tasks using the software as well as a 100-question, multiple-choice assessment to test conceptual understanding.

I had no prior experience with Access so I had to learn it all from scratch. I had a very busy schedule throughout the year, but because this was a major goal for me, I was determined to succeed. I taught myself most of the software by using YouTube videos and other online resources. My performance earned me first place at the regional level. However, the state level becomes much more competitive so I knew I had to become more advanced in preparation for that.

Some of my favorite aspects of FBLA come from my fascinating experiences at the three-day State Leadership Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I was able to meet new people from all over the state who had various interests, which assisted me in building my network of like-minded peers and business leaders. I attended workshops led by professional speakers covering relevant topics that will guide me toward my future. For example, I attended a workshop about leading a coding class, which directly relates to my passion for computer science. There were many more workshops teaching critical skills like financing your future, interview tips, how to achieve your dream job, and leading an organization to success. Workshops like these added to my classroom experience, giving me a well-rounded foundation, and springboarding me toward my post-secondary career.

The State Leadership Conference culminates with an awards ceremony on the final evening. Excitement and energy filled the air, just like a musical concert. I had a lot of friends competing, and we cheered for each other as several of us placed in the top ten for our events. The finalists for Database Design were called onto the stage, and I was one of them. I was so excited and nervous at the same time. On stage, they were calling the top ten one at a time. It felt like forever, but went by in a blink! As people received their awards, I noticed I made it to the top four, which made me ecstatic and relieved because I qualified for Nationals. Then the second-place winner got called up—and it wasn’t me. The announcer then said, “Your first-place winner, from William Tennent High School, Rahul Anantuni!” I was in so much shock and excitement as I walked up to claim my award. My friends, advisors, and parents all were cheering and congratulating me. My accomplishment made me so proud that all of my hard work paid off.

FBLA has boosted my confidence because it reinforced my belief that I can achieve my goals if I put my mind to them. I would like to thank my advisors, Mrs. Farley and Mr. Marchetti, for helping and supporting me throughout the journey.

My experiences of leading and achieving in FBLA have helped me bridge the gap between academic education and the business world. Through career development programs, leadership involvement, and academic competitions, FBLA has given me a sneak peek into the professional business world ahead.

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Artist of the Month-May
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Hailey Balacsak, Unified Track & Bocce

Athlete of the Month-May

Ryan Hunt, Lacrosse & Swim

Athlete of the Month- May
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Mrs. Amy Kowal, Science Teacher

By Jamie Bussinger

Class of 2022

Amy Kowal, 9th-grade biology teacher and 11th/12th grade Anatomy and Physiology H teacher, has been working with the WTHS Science department for 22 consecutive years.

Along with her students, Mrs. Kowal recently started the Health Science and Exploration Club, bringing in professionals from the medical field in an effort to spark interest in students and help them explore future career paths.

Receiving her bachelor’s degree in physiology from Temple University and her master’s degree in education from Holy Family University, Mrs. Kowal has a lot to offer in the classes she teaches, with her favorite topic being dissections. Being with the kids everyday inspires her, and she has noticed how much COVID-19 has made her miss interacting with students on a daily basis and she is glad to be back in the classroom. Her hobbies include housing and caring for chickens, gardening, paddleboarding, hiking, and just being outdoors in general. The science department has a lot of great opportunities for everyone--great courses, and great teachers.

See below for more with our interview with Mrs. Kowal.

Teacher Feature-May

Behind the Lens Film Festival to feature student filmmakers

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The Behind the Lens Film Festival, now in its 7th year, will wow audiences in person this year on May 4 in the William Tennent Auditorium. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a Red Carpet entrance, interviews with student filmmakers, snacks, and a Star-Wars themed photobooth. Members of the WTHS Jazz Band will welcome festival-goers with their beautiful sounds.

Thirty-two short student films will be featured in categories including: Silent Films, Experimental, Music Videos, Middle School, Narrative, and Comedy. In addition to entries from William Tennent, Klinger Middle School and Log College Middle School, some films will be featured from other area schools, including Central Bucks South, Hatboro-Horsham, MBIT, and North Penn.

Awards will be presented to the winning films in each category. This year’s judges include:

Brad Herman, a former Dreamworks animator; Karin Kelly, the Department Head of Cinema & Television at Drexel University; David Raynor, a Philadelphia based Producer; Scott Randolph, director and producer; Jonathan and Ally Rola, owners of Rola Cinema; Ethan R. Sklar, local producer, filmmaker, and photographer; and Neal Wiser, an award-winning screenwriter who began his career at Paramount Pictures. And, this year there will be an Audience Choice vote in each category.

The host for the evening is Jason Lee, a 1991 graduate of WTHS. Jason is the host and producer of PHL17 Sports Scene and a producer and talent for PHL 17 Morning News.

“This Film Festival celebrates the creativity and talent of our students and provides them with the opportunity to show their work on the big screen,” said Mrs. Dina McCaffery, WTHS Media Production teacher and Film Festival director. “TV and Film is a constantly growing industry and providing this opportunity helps students hone their marketable skills.”

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Fine Arts Showcase Night - May 6

The Centennial Fine and Culinary Artists are hard at work with last minute preparations for this week's Showcase Night! This event is the culmination of months (and years) of learning, reflecting, and doing!

Please join us for the annual celebration of our extraordinary, creative students and their inspiring accomplishments. The galleries will showcase work from hundreds of K-12 student-artists. Our FCS programs will also be on show with delicious bites circulating throughout the exhibitions. Showcase Night is Friday May 6th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at William Tennent High School. This is a free event and all are welcome.

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