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**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.