**For results of athletic events, please click here on scoreboard.
**Congratulations to our awesome art students who competed in the State VASE event in Dallas this past weekend. All of the students did a great job and 10 out of our 15 that attended received medals for their artwork. We had 2, Sana Suhail and Vandana Seshadri, that received the highest honor of a gold seal. Their work will go on in the traveling art show for the following year. Also, we had our first ever scholarship awards for the work the students had to create on site in an hour and a half time frame. Rachel Shi received a $400.00 award for her work and Christina Lu received the highest possible award in her category and was awarded $600.00. We are so proud of all of our students.
**Congratualtions to Symphony/Legacy, Camerata, Philharmonia, Sinfonia all received Sweepstakes, the highest rating for both stage and sightreading.
Our Jasper Strings orchestra earned an Excellent rating on stage, and a superior rating in sight reading.
**Congratulations to Plano West FFA Members who competed in the Area 5 Career Development Contest! We have several teams advancing to state!
Dairy Cattle-State Qualifier-4th Place (44 teams)
Hannah Priddy-Shepton-6th Place Individual (157 Individuals)
Floriculture-State Qualifier-5th Place (29 Teams)
Emily Avery-PWSH-1st Place Individual (103 Individuals)
Veterinary Science-State Qualifier-5th Place(49 Teams)
Horse Judging-15th Place (77 Teams)
Entomology-11th Place (21 Teams)
Milk Quality & Products-18th Place (32 Teams)
**Ten Jasper students competed Thursday at the North Texas Longhorns District 2015 National Qualifying Tournament for Congressional Debate in Carrollton, and for the second year in a row, earned outstanding results!
Aparna Krishnan, 2nd (Nationals Qualifier)
Shaaswat Singh, 5th
In House 1
Gunjan Bhattarai, 1st (Nationals Qualifier)
Marghi Jani, 5th
Peter Huang, 8th
In House 2
Ellen Wang, 1st (Nationals Qualifier)
Ashwin Desai, 2nd (Nationals 1st Alternate)
Ritesh Gautam, 5th
Please congratulate all these students. With Aparna, Ellen, and Gunjan joining prior qualifiers Katherine Hu and Nikhil Ramaswamy, Jasper now already has five students heading to the 2015 National Speech and Debate Tournament in June, and we still have one more qualifying tournament to go!
Tom McCaffrey & Clarissa Moreno
**We had another fabulous week end for Science Fair students so please congratulate the following students on their stellar performance at the Exxon Mobil sponsored Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio.
1st Place – Environmental Science
Pratiksha Tonpe and Mahathi Mohangowda. These girls also won 3 special awards for their project.
2nd Place - Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cedric Hu and Patrick Yu
2nd Place – Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical
2nd Place – Biochemistry
3rd Place – Biochemistry
4th Place – Animal Sciences
4th Place – Cellular and Molecular Biology
5th Place – Mathematical Sciences
Brian Ho and Jagath Vytheeswaran
We have 3 students who have qualified for ISEF, the International Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by Intel, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is considered the “Super Bowl” of Science Fairs. Only 1500 kids in the world get this prestigious accolade every year.
These 3 students are:
We have 5 students who have qualified for ISWEEEP, the International Sustainable World Environmental, Energy, and Engineering Project Olympiad in Houston. This is a more specialized international science fair dealing with ways to improve sustainability in a developing world.
These 5 students are:
The complexity and meaningful nature of the research these students are undertaking is worthy of college students in research labs. It’s difficult to remember at times that these extraordinary students have yet to go to the senior high... Outstanding!
**The Jasper Choirs have completed their UIL performances. I am proud to report that all 3 choirs - mixed, combined women and combined men - received Sweepstakes Awards (Superior ratings in both concert and sight-reading selections). The women's choir showcased two soloists - Arta Fan (our all-stater) and Allison Moore. They did a great job!
**The Jasper Jazz drill team competed at MA Nationals in Fort Worth. They brought home several National Championship trophies including one for their Jazz, Hip Hop and their modern routines.
The received 2nd place for their contemporary routine. The Jazz also received the award for the best JV team at Nationals, and the prestigious winner's circle award. They only chose 18 schools out of 47 for the winner's circle.
The Jazz ranked 13th and the Plano West Royales were ranked 12th. Congratulations Jazz!! Way to represent Jasper!
**Congratulation to the PWSH Boys Basketball team for winning the 6A State Championship!! The following players on the team attended Jasper:
**Fourteen qualifying Jasper students competed at the 2015 TFA Texas State Speech and DebateTournament in El Paso, with nine advancing to elimination rounds.
In Public Forum
Aashna Gupta and Anchith Kota to Double Octafinals
Katherine Hu and Peter Huang to Octafinals
Madhav Mehta and David Morales to Octafinals
Katherine Hu among Top Ten Outstanding Speakers (10th)
In Congressional Debate
Aparna Krishnan to Semifinals (House)
Ashwin Desai, 6th (Senate)
In US Extemporaneous Speaking
Katherine Hu, 6th
In Impromptu Speaking
Marghi Jani, 3rd
Nikhil Ramaswamy, 5th
We're thrilled to have Jasper recognized on stage among the many former Jasper students now competing for Plano at at the Senior High level!
**Congratulations to all of the Jasper Art students who participated in the VASE competition on Saturday, February 21st at Williams H.S. We had 72 entries and 69 received a medal for their work. We had our largest ever group selected to go on to the state VASE competition on April 25th in Dallas. Please congratulate the following students:
Andy Chai 9th
Sean Chen 9th
Nayoung Kim ( 2 pieces selected to state) 10th
Karen Lin (2 pieces selected to state) 10th
Christina Lu 9th
Vandana Seshadri 9th
Rachel Shi 10th
Xinyue Shi 9th
Sana Suhail 10th
Izzy Vivas 10th
Chelsey Wen 10th
Catherine Xie 9th
Cynthia Yan 9th
Matthew You 9th
Daniel Zhong 10th
**Congratulations to the band students that earned 147 First Division awards at the UIL Solo and Ensemble this past weekend! We also had 28 solos and 6 ensembles qualify for State Solo and Ensemble!
**Congratulations to Sooyong Lee, 9th grade, and Kelly Dong, 10th grade, for being named 1st Chair in their sections at All-State! These boys auditioned against other outstanding Texas high school musicians and were named the best of the best! It is very rare for a freshman or sophomore to achieve this honor.
**Please congratulate the following Regional Science fair competition results.
Grand prize: SENIOR DIVISION-LIFE SCIENCES
Nicky Wojtania, Jasper High School
Dominique Mellone, Jasper High
Grand prize: SENIOR DIVISION-PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Nisha Rajesh Jasper High and Vishal Rajesh ( Plano High)
Nicky, Dominique, Nisha and Rajesh all qualify for ISEF the International fair in Pittsburg, May 9-May 15
SENIOR DIVISION-LIFE SCIENCES - These students Qualify for State Competition in San Antonio March, 27- 29
First prize: Nicky Wojtania
Second prize: Sydney Tay
Cellular and Molecular Biology
First prize: Brian Du
Third prize: Cedric Hu & Patrick Yu
Third prize: Pratiksha Tonpe & Mahathi Mohangowda
First prize : Dominique Mellone
SENIOR DIVISION-PHYSICAL SCIENCES These students Qualify for State Competition in San Antonio, March 27-29
Energy and Transportation
First prize: Aakash Sambhariya
Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical
Third prize: Darshan Shaastri
First prize - Nisha and Visal Rajesh
Second prize: Brian Ho & Jagath Vytheswaran
Physics and Astronomy and Planetary Science
Third prize: Shinyoung Kang
**Please congratulate the Sophomore Girls basketball Team! They are District Champs!!! 14-0
Our overall record was 19-3. Our three losses came in jv tournament play!
I’m so proud of these girls! They worked really hard all season!
GO LADY JAGS!!!
Gardner, Lauren M.
Gillespie, Tatum R.
Hoang, Stephanie L.
Hofer, Brittany A.
Maddox, Emily L.
Madkour, Farrah M.
Nguyen, Claire K.
Robins, Lyric S.
Shao, Dan Lan
Avila Tostado, Lyzeth
**Please congratulate the following students on their advancement to HOSA State competition (in no particular order):
Anushah Mirza---3rd place---Extemporaneous Writing
Anum Effendi and Gauri Ketkar---1st place---Forensic Medicine
Daniya Sheikh---1st place---Healthy Lifestyle
Sana Khan---1st place---Medical Assisting
Kriti Garg, Aniqa Islam, Miloni Joshi, and Parisa Mahmud---2nd place---Public Health
Rohit Prasad---2nd place---Researched Persuasive Speaking
Rohan Moghe---3rd place---Epidemiology
Halle Shultz---3rd place---Human Growth & Development
Anura Khond---2nd place---Medical Law & Ethics
Brandon Ta---1st place---Medical Math
Purvee Patel---3rd place---Nutrition
My words could not illustrate how amazing these kids are and how hard they worked!
**Our HS All-Region and Area Band Auditions have concluded and I am proud to announce that Jasper had 36 students earn positions in one of the All-Region bands and 13 students named as alternate. Five students made the Area Band and four of those qualified for All-State! Over 1700 students from our region auditioned!
A complete list of region qualifiers follows. Our 5 students that advanced to Area and 4 All-State qualifiers are in bold. I’m very pleased to share that all four of our All-State qualifiers: Omar Barradas, Karan Coimbatore, Kelly Dong, and Sooyong Lee were ranked 1st in their respective rooms!
All-Region Band Members
Karan Coimbatore, Advanced to Area, Texas All-State qualifier
Alex Shung, Alternate
Aaron Choi, Alternate
Kelly Dong, 1st chair in the region! Advanced to Area, Texas All-State qualifier
Sooyong Lee, 1st chair in the region! Advanced to Area, Texas All-State qualifier
Zachary Desai, Alternate
Krishna Thirumalai, Alternate
Gene Choi, Alternate
Rohit Prasad, Alternate
Omar Barradas, Advanced to Area, Texas All-State qualifier
Cody Fang, Alternate
Jason Dai, Advanced to Area
Miloni Joshi, Alternate
Travis Wortham, Alternate
Ally Bates, Alternate
James He, Alternate
Austin Katzer, Alternate
Kaitlyn Ng, Alternate
**Saturday, January 10th, the final Choir Area Auditions for All-State were held in Commerce, TX. It has been a long journey, but we are proud to announce that Arta Fan placed 3rd in the Alto 1 section and will be singing with the Mixed Choir at the TMEA convention in San Antonio!! Adam Christa was named 1st Alternate. We are so proud of these students and their representation of Jasper HS!
**The following 5 students have passed their MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist ) exam and are now Certified Specialists in MS Word:
and new the district Vinutha Venkatesh
**The following Jasper students have been selected to present their research papers at TJSHS (Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium) at Texas A&M in January.
Nicky Wojtania, was chosen as a Paper Presenter* in the Life Science Category for their project: Butterflies, Berries, and Cellulose: Tuning Optical Properties of Iridescent Chiral Nematic Films from Cellulose Nanocrystals.
Ritvik Annam, was chosen as a Paper Presenter* in the Mathematics; Computer Science; Computer Engineering Category for their project: Analyzing the Effect of Block Modes on the Security of AES Encryption.
Sydney Tay, was chosen as a Paper Presenter* in the Life Science Category for their project: NO+ just an ice bucket challenge: Additive effect of Riluzole and inhibiting Nitric Oxide level in prolonging life.
Wenyao (John) Li, was chosen as a Paper Presenter* in the Engineering - General Category for their project: Creating a portable device that can extract drinking water from the air.
Wendy Wang, was chosen as a Paper Presenter* in the Chemistry Category for their project: Cellulose Degradation of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Generate Glucose for Sustainable Biofuel.
The 1st place finalist of the research paper competition will receive a $2,000 undergraduate tuition-based scholarship; the 2nd place $1,500; and the 3rd place $1,000. Additionally, 1st and 2nd place have the opportunity to compete for scholarships at the National JSHS. (3rd, 4th, and 5th place regional finalists will receive an expense-paid trip as observers to the National JSHS, scheduled for April/May 2015.
**Congratulations to Arta Fan and Adam Christa on being selected for Area Auditions. Last, night the music selections for the audition were incredibly difficult and the competition was really intense. As a matter of fact, a few former All-State students did not make the cut this year. We are very proud of Arta (3) and Adam (4)for making the top 5 who will move on! They were the only sophomores among the other juniors and seniors selected for their particular voice part. They will compete on January 10 in Commerce, TX for a spot in the Texas All-State Choir
**Jasper Science Students brought home the 1st place trophy from TAMS competition this weekend.
**This past Saturday, the cast/crew of Trojan Women competed against the other 9/10 students in the district in PISD’s One-Act Competition.
While we did not place in the top three shows, I was very proud of their performance and how well they represented Jasper.
We did win 3 individual awards. Please congratulate the following students on their achievements:
Breck Sunlin- All Star Cast
Mary Elizabeth Woodward- Honorable Mention All Star Cast
Rachael Thompson- All Star Technician
**Last night Plano West FFA traveled to Anna High School to compete in the District Leadership Development Events. The results are as follows:
Public Relations was 3rd Place
Amaya Burns – Jasper
Michaela Eikelbarner – Jasper
Brittany Feaster – Jasper
Natalie Yanez – Jasper
Senior Chapter Conducting was 3rd Place
Hannah Fisher – Plano West
Katherine Goodrich – Jasper
Alexis Kool – Jasper
Madison Witzig – Jasper
Ryan Zodrow – Jasper
Plano West FFA again won the DISTRICT SWEEPSTAKES Award! Please congratulate our students.
**Please congratulate the 10 Jasper string students were named to the All-State Orchestras this weekend! This is a tremendous honor for these students, as membership in the Texas All-State Orchestras is one of the most grueling and difficult processes imaginable, and it reflects hundreds of hours of work that began on the audition repertoire last June.
This honor places them among the most elite fraction of string players in Texas and America.
The number next to their name reflects the overall ranking in the state for their instrument.
13 – Samantha Choo (Symphony Violin I)
41 – Raymond Chen (Philharmonic Concertmaster)
57 – Kevin Bai (Philharmonic Violin I)
9 – Jarod Stone (Symphony)
24 – Navin Ahire (Philharmonic)
26 – Nisha Rajesh (Philharmonic)
30 – Serena Cheng (Philharmonic)
22 – Gahwon Lee (Philharmonic)
35 – Daniel Zhong (String)
36 – Angel Yi (String)
**Please congratulate the students on a job well done in the Science fair competition.
1st Place - Biochemistry - Nicky Wojtania
Nicky will represent Jasper at National AJAS in San Jose, California in February
2nd Place -Computer Science - Ritvik Annam
2nd Place- Engineering - John Li
HM - Botany/Zoology - Aakash Sambhariya
**This past Sunday, I’m pleased to report that Jasper’s Legacy Orchestra (the top orchestra) placed 2nd in the TMEA Honor String Orchestra contest. This is a statewide contest with entries from all the finest string programs in the state, and it is essentially our “state championship” for string orchestras.
This is especially wonderful because Japer is the only non-varsity ensemble in the contest (without 11th and 12th graders). All the other schools in the competition are traditional 4 year high schools (with all the best players grade 9-12 in the top group), or the Plano Senior Highs. However, time and time again, the Jasper students prove themselves to be the musical equals of much older and experienced orchestras.
Competition was in 2 rounds, and the finalist schools are listed below in final rank order. Plano Senior High was not eligible this year because they are the Honor Full Orchestra.
**This weekend, Region 25 had their auditions for the HS All-Region orchestras – a select, highly competitive process that includes all the high school orchestra programs from Plano, Allen, Lovejoy, and Sherman. I’m happy to report that Jasper had more students selected than any other school in the region! The list is below, so be sure to congratulate these students if they are in your class.
We also had a number of students rank high enough to qualify to audition for the Texas All-State Orchestras. Next Saturday, they will record an audition that will be judged in several weeks to select the All-State members. Be sure to wish them luck as they strive for the highest honor available to a Texas public school music student. Students who will be taping are marked with an *.
Kevin Bai* – 4
Tim Wang* – 5
Samantha Choo* – 7
Raymond Chen* – 21
Daniel Che – 28
Heewon Kim – 39
Navin Ahire* – 3
Jarod Stone* – 6
Serena Cheng* – 10
Nisha Rajesh* – 14
Angel Yi* – 1
Daniel Zhong* – 7
Gahwon Lee* – 11
Richard Zhu* – 15
Cedric Hu – 1
Emily Nam – 8
Choong Gao Lee – 9
Boris Tsang – 14
Sharon Son – 26
Kevin lee – 28
Kathleen Shao – 32
Sharon Zang – 33
Tiffany Kang – 39
Brian Lee – 40
Matthew Zhao – Alternate 1
Darshan Shaastri – Alternate 4
Patrick Yu – Alternate 5
Zoie Fan – 6
Luke Fullington – 7
Angela He – Alternate 3
Collin McMahon – 11
Michael Lee – 12
Jacqueline Chou – Alternate 2
Kate Dedrick* – 2nd bass
Reegan Jiang – Alternate 1
**Congratulations to the Jasper High School Band for getting 1st Division results in the UIL Marching Competition Saturday, October 11.
**Congratulations to the following students who made All Region Choir!!
MIXED Pramanik, Aayushi
MIXED Fan, Arta
MIXED Bender, Madison
MIXED Cinclair, William
MIXED Xia, Alan
MIXED Christa, Adam
MIXED Patys, Nicholas
TREBLE Kumar, Varsha
TREBLE Cover, Hallie
TREBLE Givens, Megan
TREBLE Moore, Allison
TREBLE Nguyen, Kaitlyn
TREBLE Warrier, Manju
TREBLE Stevens, Adriana
TREBLE Kasturi, Devi
Escarfullery, Isabella ALTERNATE TREBLE CHOIR
FHC Wu, Ariana
FHC Sil, Aishani
FHC Prabhu, Sahana
FHC Nayak, Sachi
FHC Nandigam, Likhita
FHC Kiasaleh, Alison
FHC Desai, Ananya
FHC Wariyar, Rohan
FHC Patel, Raul
FHC Gaetjen, Anthony
FHC Wang, Gabriel
FHC Sivils, Camden
FHC Clayton, Lucas
FHC Fain, Jackie ALTERNATE TREBLE CHOIR
FHC Bhatt, Ritu ALTERNATE TREBLE CHOIR
**Please congratulate them the following Jasper students have had their research papers selected to participate at the Texas Junior Academy of Science Symposium at Texas A&M College Station later this month.
Ritvik Annam for Computer Science -Analyzing the Entropy of Random Number Generators in a Cloud Computing Environment
Nicky Wojtania for Biochemistry - What’s Cooking – Cis-trans isomerization of Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Aakash Samhariya for Botany - The Effect of Macronutrients on the growth and Energy Yields of Algae
John (Wenyao) Li for Engineering - Creating a Portable Device that Can Extract Drinking Water From the Air
**Congratulations on our Jasper Choir Students who auditioned at Phase I in McKinney! A lot of preparation and rehearsal went into this and we are proud of their efforts.
Advancing to the next round:
The following students will be advancing to auditions on Saturday. In no particular order:
Sop 1 : Allison Moore, Manju Warrier, Megan Givens, Ritu Bhatt, Jackie Fain, Kaitlyn Nguyen,
Sop 2 : Hallie Cover, Adriana Stevens
Alto 1 – Mita Dixit, Arta Fan, V
Alto 2 Varsha Kumar, Devi Kasturi, Maddie Bender, Isabella Escarfullery
Bass 1 Rajan Cinclair, Alan Xia, Lucas Clayton, Camden Sivils
The following students will audition for a spot in the Freshman Honor Choir:
Sop 1 -– Alison Kiasaleh, Isha Chiplonkar, Ananya Desai, Aishani Sil
Alto – Sanjna Bhatia, Sahana Prabhu, Sachi Nayak, Likhita Nandigam, Ariana Wu
Note: Our Bass 2, Tenor 1 and 2 Voices will audition on Saturday.
Adam Christa, Kevin Hoodwin, Gabriel Wang, Nick Patys, Raul Patel, Rohan Wariyar, Anthony Gaetjen
Jasper Choir is awesome!!
**PWSH Jasper Representatives for the Homecoming Court:
Ryan Sklar & Izzy Vivas
**Westside Community / Service Award Winners:
Cole is a member of Jasper’s AVID program and Plano West soccer. Jasper staff and students report that Cole always puts others before himself. He volunteer tutors elementary students on a weekly basis and is part of a family charity that gathers materials from local hotels to use for distribution to homeless and disadvantaged families.
Carina is a member of Jasper NHS and SPCA club. Carina was involved with creating and leading Jasper’s SPCA club on campus after a positive experience with volunteering at a local SPCA. Jasper staff and students are amazed at her commitment and dedication to the care of animals. The Jasper SPCA club, under Carina’s servant and selfless leadership, have organized events to make blankets and toys for shelter animals.