**For results of athletic events, please click here on scoreboard.
**Please congratulate the following students who competed in the Texas State Business Professionals of America competition held on March 2nd - March 4th .
Alice Hou, 4th place, SQL Database Fundamentals
Brandon Chen, 1st place, Personal Financial Management
They will now move on to the national competition which will be held in Orlando Florida this coming May 10th - 14th .
**Last week, all 6 of our orchestras travelled to Lebanon Trail HS for UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest. I am happy to announce that Legacy Full Orchestra, Chamber, Camerata, Philharmonia, and Sinfonia orchestra all earned the highest ratings an orchestra can receive resulting in a Sweepstakes award. Jasper Strings also earned an excellent rating both for their stage performance and sight reading component. Please take time to congratulate any orchestra student you may have as all of them had a part in preparing for our most important contest of the year.
**Regional Science Fair Competition Results
**Congratulations to the following students that competed in the German Fest Competition:
2nd Place Overall Sweepstakes for Smaller Programs
9th Place Club Album: Main contributors- Trinity Danh-Huynh, Macy Mear, Alexis Merker, Sophie Jeon, Ajata Reddy, Grace Munns, Nina Ho, Rebecca Kuhlman
10th Place Culture Test Level 1: Andrew Cocos
1st Place Culture Test Level 1: Luke Lubin
3rd Place Culture Test Level 1: Noah Ogata
1st Place Directed Dialogue Level 1: Paige Evans
4th Place Directed Dialogue Level 1: Adela Sosevic
2nd Place Duet Acting Level 1: Hope Mayo and Grace Munns
1st Place Listening Comprehension Test Level 1: Josh Brinks
5th Place Listening Comprehension Test level 2: Alexis Merker
6th Place Listening Comprehension Test Level 2: Kavya Donepudi
2nd Place Poetry Memory Level 1: Charles Hodges
6th Place Poetry Memory Level 2: Ajata Reddy
9th Place Poetry Reading Level 1: Paige Evans
8th Place Poetry Reading Level 2: Sophie Jeon
2nd Place Prose Memory Level 1: Adela Sosevic
7th Place Prose Memory Level 1: Nika Pajuh
9th Place Reading Comprehension Test Level 1: Carter Dorn
3rd Place Reading Comprehension Test Level 2: Luke Lubin
7th Place Sight Reading Level 1: Josh Brinks
1st Place Skit Level 1: Nika Pajuh, Adela Sosevic, Julia Dyer, Hope Mayo, Charles Hodges, Kirstin Stevens-Schmidt, Andrew Cocos, Josh Brinks, Carter Dorn, Paige Evans, John Farrell
Best Actress, Skit Level 1: Hope Mayo
4th Place Skit Level 2: Ajata Reddy, Alexis Merker, Noah Ogata, Evan Davidoff, Sophie Jeon, Riane Njenga, Anthony Lewis, Michael Croft, Dak Bhatia, William Dang, Kavya Donepudi,
2nd Place Vocabulary Test Level 2: Alexis Merker
4th Place Vocabulary Test Level 2: Kavya Donepudi
3rd Place Vocal Solo: Paige Evans
**Your Jasper Jazz competed at the Texas Dance Classic contest on Saturday, February 18th at Plano Senior High and here are the results from their contest!
J Krew Hip Hop Company Division I rating (scores of 90 or above from all three judges)
J Co Contemporary Company Division I rating and Best In Class Medium Ensemble (Highest Scoring Ensemble in their Division)
Scarlet Walls received 1st Runner up for her Solo amongst all JV schools.
Academic Champions amongst all JV schools (Highest GPA)
Gussie Nell Davis Award (90’s or above from all three judges on all three routines)
Judges Award for Officer Contemporary
Best Overall Precision
2nd Runner Up Best In Class Officers
Gussie Nell Davis Award
Judges Award for Team Novelty
Best Overall Choreography
2nd Runner Up Best In Class Team
The ladies performed beautifully on Saturday! If you see any of your Jasper Jazz today, please congratulate them on a job well done!
**Congratulations the following four students who competed in Area Hosa competition this past weekend. They competed as a group in the Community Awareness section and placed 3rd in the area. This earned them a trip to the state HOSA competition on March 30th through April 2nd.
**The Art Department has some great news to share with you! Many of our students competed on Saturday at Regional VASE. The competition was stiff and our students did an amazing job. The following students medaled at Reginal VASE competition:
- Angel Linda
- Artola Maria
- Cho Ensu
- Chugh Natasha
- Dabak Anusha
- Ding Yayi
- Fang Kevin
- Ge Angela
- Gowkanapalli Khyathi
- Han Isabelle
- Han Bryan
- He Amanda
- Hou Alice
- Huang Darren
- Huang Kendra
- Jackson Brandon
- Jiang Michelle
- Jiang Maxwell
- Jashua Shaina
- Koch Emily
- LaNeve Cameron
- Lee Irena
- Lee Vienne
- Lin Daming
- Liu Samantha
- Mackenroth Elizabeth
- Modareszadeh Parsa
- Nannapaneni Bhoomika
- Newman Sarah
- Okano Ibuki
- Osamoto Airi
- Ouyang Lauren
- Qazi Areeba
- Qian Ellen
- Qin Derek
- Ramkumar Adithya
- Saravana Pavithra
- Sekhri Saamya
- Shi Vivian
- Sudeep Varsha
- Tamilmani Divya
- Theodore Anna
- Thai Jocelyn
- Thomas Neha
- Toyos Alvarez Alejandra
- Wang Yingjie
- Wang Maggie
- Xiao Grace
- Zhang Peter
- Zhou Shirley
- Zhou Andrea
- Ai Xinyu
- Batikeri Abitha
- Cao Daniel
- Chen Doreen
- Chen Edward
- Cui Kathy
- Dinga Isabella
- Feng Julia
- Feuerbacher Lea
- Gunde Anusri
- Guo Ashley
- He Jiarong
- Higgins Amanda
- Jia Jaqueline
- Jiang Sophia
- Kallman Katelyn
- Knauber Abby
- Lee Grace
- Lee Youngseo
- Li Benjamin
- Li Tiffany
- Li Patrick
- Liu Kelly
- Moradi Kimia
- Qazi Nabeeha
- Ram Harini
- Regupathy Varshini
- Ren Emily
- Salim Nasrah
- Shen Cathy
- Tong Anqy
- Tran Princeton
- Yang Catherine
- Yu Shirley
- Zhong Nicholas
- Jamail Christopher
- Psychoudakis Sofia
- Tarala Rithi
**The Jasper Robotics team competed this past weekend in in Lewisville in the hopes that they would qualify for the North Texas Regional tournament scheduled for Saturday, February 25th in Allen. Out of 34 teams only six are invited to the Regional tournament; I am very proud to say that the Jasper Robotics team did in fact qualify for regionals. The team was one of the highest scoring teams on Saturday and was chosen to be an alliance partner for the semi-finals and finals matches. Unfortunately, their alliance didn’t win in their finals match, but the team did really well and earned a runner-up trophy.
Thanks to Mr. McQuiston for his late afternoon help on Friday, his engineering suggestion really helped the team’s robot.
Along the way, the team received nominations for three awards and was awarded the First Tech Challenge Inspire Award, which is a very big deal for the team.
Criteria for the FTC Inspire Award is detailed below.
This judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST® Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST Tech Challenge team.
Required criteria for the Inspire Award:
· Team must demonstrate respect and Gracious Professionalism® toward everyone they encounter at an FIRST Tech Challenge event.
· Team is a strong contender for several other Judged awards. The Inspire Award celebrates the strongest qualities of all the Judged Awards.
· The Team is an ambassador for FIRST programs and demonstrates and documents their work in their community.
· Team dynamic is positive and inclusive, and each team member contributes to the success of the team.
· Engineering Notebook must be submitted, and must include an Engineering Section, a Team Section and a Business or Strategic Plan. The entire Engineering Notebook must be high quality, thoughtful, thorough, detailed and well organized.
· Robot design is creative and innovative, and the robot performs reliably on the field. Team communicates clearly about their robot design and strategy to the judges.
· Team presentation is professional and engaging.
This is quite an accomplishment for a rookie team. If you have any of these students in your classroom, please congratulate them…they’ve done a tremendous job.
**Congratulations to the Jasper students that competed in German Fest:
3rd Place Black and White Art: Kirstin Stevens-Schmidt
1st Place Pastels and Watercolors: Kirstin Stevens-Schmidt
4th Place Schulwappen: Charles Hodges and Alejandro Torres
4th Place Club Album: Trinity Danh-Huynh, Alexis Merker, Sophie Jeon, Macy Mear, Lucy Yao, Charles Hodges, Alejandro Torries, Sehair Noorbhai, Adela Sosevic, Nina Ho, Rebecca Kuhlman
3rd Place Doll Costume: Nika Pajuh
5th Place Original Model: William Dang
6th Place Photo Essay: Kirstin Stevens-Schmidt, Lucy Yao, Hope Mayo, Andrew Cocos, Grace Munns
8th Place Digital Logo Design: Alejandro Torries
8th Place Vocal Solo: Sophie Jeon
2nd Place Directed Dialogue Level 1: Adela Sosevic
3rd Place Directed Dialogue Level 1: Paige Evans
2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking Advantaged Speaker: Charles Smith
7th Place Extemporaneous Speaking Advantaged Speaker: Kirstin Stevens-Schmidt
1st Place Sight Reading Level 1: Josh Brinks
6th Place Sight Reading Level 1: John Farrell
2nd Place Skit Level 1, including incredibly helpful last minute understudies: Andrew Cocos, Julia Dyer, Carter Dorn, Josh Brinks, Nika Pajuh, Adela Sosevic, Hope Mayo/Grace Munns, Kirstin Stevens-Schmidt, Paige Evans, Pierce Raphael, John Farrell
1st Place Skit Level 2, also including incredibly helpful last minute understudies: Dak Bhatia, Alexis Merker, Kayva Donepudi, Riane Njenga, Anthony Lewis/Michael Croft, Ajata Reddy, Sophie Jeon, Noah Ogata, William Dang, Evan Davidoff
Best Actress: Alexis Merker
2nd Place Culture Test Level 1: Nika Pajuh
3rd Place Culture Test Level 1: Andrew Cocos
1st Place Culture Test Level 1: Noah Ogata
3rd Place Culture Test Level 1: Luke Lubin
5th Place Grammar Test Level 1: Nika Pajuh
1st Place Listening Comprehension Test Level 1: Josh Brinks
4th Place Listening Comprehension Test Level 1: Rebecca Kuhlman
1st Place Listening Comprehension Test Level 2: Alexis Merker
2nd Place Listening Comprehension Test level 2: Kavya Donepudi
3rd Place Listening Comprehension Test Level 2: Dak Bhatia
5th Place Reading Comprehension Test Level 1: Carter Dorn
7th Place Reading Comprehension Test Level 1: Nina Ho
6th Place Reading Comprehension Test Level 2: Luke Lubin
10th Place Reading Comprehension Test Level 2: Kavya Donepudi
6th Place Spelling Test Level 1: Nika Pajuh
10th Place Spelling Test Level 2: Alexis Merker
3rd Place Vocabulary Test Level 1: Pierce Raphael
8th Place Vocabulary Test Level 1: Adela Sosevic
2nd Place Vocabular Test Level 2: Alexis Merker
3rd Place Vocabulary Test Level 2: Kavya Donepudi
1st Place Poetry Memory Level 1: Charles Hodges
7th Place Poetry Memory Level 1: Lucy Yao
8th Place Poetry Memory Level 1: Macy Mear
2nd Place Poetry Memory Level 2: Ajata Reddy
2nd Place Poetry Reading Level 1: Paige Evans
2nd Place Poetry Reading Level 2: Sophie Jeon
9th Place Poetry Reading Level 2: Alexis Merker
1st Place Prose Memory Level 1= Adela Sosevic
2nd Place Prose Memory Level 1: Nika Pajuh
2nd Place Prose Memory Level 2: Kavya Donepudi
6th Place Prose Memory Level 2: Ajata Reddy
4th Place Prose Reading Level 1: Nika Pajuhh
7th Place Prose Reading Level 1: Rebecca Kuhlman
10th Place Prose Reading Level 2: Sophie Jeon
5th Place Research Paper: Adela Sosevic
2nd Place Varsity Pass Auf Trivia: Noah Ogata, Kavya Donepudi, Luke Lubin, John Farrell, and others I can’t remember now! (We lost 1st place to our former babies at PWSH: Nathan Norseworthy, Stephanie Angel, Ethan Krupp, Mason Lybbert, Husnain Noorbhai)
1st Place Academic Sweepstakes for Small Programs
5th Place Cultural Sweepstakes for Small Programs
1st Place Overall Sweepstakes for Small Programs
**We want to announce that both of the student films entered into the UIL Film Contest have moved on to the next round! If you see Steve Han, Jett Wang, or Shawn Ha, be sure and congratulate them.
**The Jasper Robotics Team participated in our very first qualifying event this past Saturday at Academy High School. School and private teams from all over the Dallas area participated (20 teams). The Jasper team (and our robot) performed well, finishing eighth. We did not finish as high as we would have liked (sometimes your wheels come off at the worst time), but I was very impressed with how well the team worked together to solve all the issues they encountered.
All in all, it was a great learning experience for the team. As part of the competition, teams compete in matches against other robots/teams and also are judged by a panel of experts who spend about 20 minutes interviewing the team to learn about the team’s robot, how it was built, how the team is organized, how well they work together to solve engineering issues, and how well they document the process of building a robot.
The Jasper team was recognized and received the Rockwall-Collins Innovation and Ingenuity Award as part of the judging and overall competition. This reward is essentially a design award which means the judges chose the Jasper robot to be one of the more innovative robots at the competition.
A special thanks goes out to Mr. McQuiston and Mr. London for their support and assistance this year.
If you have one of the students listed below, please congratulate them on a job well done. And if you don’t know who these great students are, I’ve attached a picture from this Saturday’s event.
**Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday David Yue, Alice Hou, Khushi Thakkar and Ellen Qian competed in the Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Texas A&M University. The students did an amazing job with amazing results. Out of around 80 projects, David Yue placed 1st and Khushi Thakkar placed 4th!! They will be going to San Diego in April to compete at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Please congratulate ALL of these awesome students for a job well-done!
**Please congratulate the following students who competed in the Regional Business Professionals of America competition held this past weekend.
Alice Hou, 2nd place, SQL Database Fundamentals
Brandon Chen, 2nd place, Personal Financial Management
They will now move on to the state competition this March.
**We were thrilled back in November, when a team of Jasper students, Joy Fan, Anthony Jiang, Neha Kalakuntla, Jennifer Lin, Mukund Rao, Jacqueline Wei, David Yue and Michelle Zhang, were named one of the top 64 teams in the 2016-2017 International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), a worldwide debate tournament conducted over a period of months, in writing until the final round in May in New York City.
While teams from Plano West and Plano Senior have won this tournament in past years, no prior Jasper team has ever made it past the qualifying round. This year Jasper, Plano West, and Plano Senior are all, with only one other Texas school, among the Top 32 teams worldwide, still advancing!
Please congratulate these exceptional Jasper students when you see them, and wish them well in the round of 32!
**All State Band
Jasper has six All-State band members! All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can earn. There are three rounds of auditions and less than 1% of Texas high school students that enter make it to All-State!
Leon Chen, oboe
Jason Huang, bassoon
David Park, clarinet
Mukund Rao, flute
Jenny Tan, bassoon
Noah Yi, clarinet
**All State Choir
We had Area Choir Auditions on Saturday in Fort Worth. All of our candidates sang and represented Jasper so well. Jasper had 7 students -
Daniela Diano, a first alternate - ready to audition.
They are commended for making it to this level. There are thousands across the state who would like to have that chance to be at Area. As I talked to other directors, most of them had a few students auditioning. Some who had more were a 9-12 campus. Our Jasper 9-10 gives them a group to be aware of. After Saturday, now they know to watch out!!
Congratulations to Jack Forden and Vilasini Nayar for making the Texas All-State Choir!! Jack, a sophomore Tenor 2, will be a member of the Men's Choir and Vilasini, a freshman Alto 2 - who is #1 in her section will be in the Mixed Choir. They will be performing in San Antonio at the TMEA convention in February with their All-State Choirs! They are probably either still in shock, way excited or a little zoned out today from their well-earned success! Be encouraging to our other candidates – they are pretty bummed out, but positive towards Jack and Vilasini.
Thanks ALWAYS for your support!
** We are pleased to report that 43 Jasper students earned a spot in one of the 6A bands and a record 17 students advanced to the Area round of auditions! Area is the final round of the All-State audition process and those auditions will take place on January 7. We also had 9 students earn a position in the All-Region Symphony Orchestra.
Area Band Members
Dhvani Patel, Mukund Rao, Leon Chen, Noah Yi, David Park, Evan Li, Kenny Huang, Jenny Tan, Jason Huang, Kevin Li, Joey Allen, Eric Pacheco, Russell Struve, Emory McDowell, Max Fan, Austin Liu, Brandon Chen.
All-Region Band Members
Flute: Mukund Rao
Oboe: Leon Chen
Bassoon: Jenny Tan (1st chair), Jason Huang(2nd chair)
Clarinet: Noah Yi (1st chair), David Park, Evan Li, Kenny Huang
Trumpet: Joey Allen
Horn: Eric Pacheco
Trombone: Russell Struve
Euphonium: Max Fan
Percussion: Brandon Chen
Piccolo: Dhvani Patel
Flute: Erin Jiang, Michelle Min, Angela Ge, Malvika Vaidya
Bassoon: Kevin Li
Clarinet: Andrew Zhang, Daniel Pearson
Bass Clarinet: Jyotishka Sen
Alto Sax: Mark Schara, Jason Tan
Trumpet: Jatin Himatsinghani
Trombone: Yukana Goto
Bass Trombone: Emory McDowell
Tuba: Austin Liu
Flute: Sahil Bolar
Clarinet: Jeffrey Xie, Sharanya Vunnava, Nicholas Zhong, Erica Chang
Bass Clarinet: Samantha Mathew, Andres Plascencia
Tenor Sax: Viswajith Rajagopalan
Trumpet: Jonathan Han, Ibuki Okano
Horn: Schachi Patel
Trombone: Daniel Sun
Euphonium: Marigrace McDowell
Tuba: Harshika Jha
Percussion: Daniel Schmitt
All-Region Symphony Orchestra
Mukund Rao, Leon Chen, Jenny Tan, Jason Huang, Noah Yi, David Park, Eric Pacheco, Russell Struve, Brandon Chen
**Auditions for the 9th Grade All-Region Band were Tuesday night and I’m pleased to report that Jasper placed 25 students in the band! We also had 8 students named as alternates.
Jasper had more students make the band than any other school in our region!
Sophia Jiang – 1st chair
Cathy Shen, alternate
David Park – 1st chair
Daniel Pearson – 2nd chair
Evan Li – 3rd chair
Kritika Ramesh, alternate
Lauren Looi, alternate
Joey Allen – 1st chair
Jatin Himatsinghani – 2nd chair
Mariah Lima – 3rd chair
Daniel Ryan, alternate
Elizabeth Mackenroth, , alternate
Zantha Buirse – 1st chair
Anuj Trivedi, , alternate
Marvin Martinez, alternate
Bruno Philippon, alternate
Daniel Schmitt, alternate
**We had a GREAT night last night! Here are the results of the Pre-Area Auditions. Jasper has 6 students out of our 14 who will be advancing to the Area auditions in January J
5 students from each of the 8 voice sections were chosen from our region of 9-12th graders.
Avantika Chellury - Sop 1 - #3
Vilasini Nayar - Alto 2 – NUMBER ONE!!...and a FRESHMAN
Sophie Albert – Alto 2 - #3 (just recovering from Strep throat)
Jack Forden – Tenor 2 - #5
Novin Nekoui – Tenor 1 - #5
Parsa Maboudian – Bass 1 - #4
Also named was
Daniela Diano – Sop 2 (#6 1st alternate)
SUPER EXCITED FOR EVERYONE!! Proud of all of the efforts from our students.
Jasper had the 3rd highest number of students selected!! Woohoo!!
**The Plano West FFA Chapter had a great night at the District V Leadership Development Events last night. We had 4 teams place 1st or 2nd and advancing to the Area V Contest on Saturday. As well as high marks as individual teams, we are in the running for overall best chapter in our district. This award will be announced at the district banquet in December. All of these teams worked extremely hard and we couldn’t be more proud of them!
If you see these students, congratulate them on a job well done and good luck on Saturday!
Agricultural Issues – 1st (Area Qualifier)
Moni Akinsola (Jasper)
Fiama Cruz (Shepton)
Sarah Diebert (Jasper)
Rebekah Flores (Shepton)
Callie Nunan (Shepton)
Greenhand Skills – 1st (Area Qualifier)
Alex Platt (Shepton)
Amelia Hughes (Shepton)
Harrison Hornbrook (Shepton)
Greyson Slaughter (Jasper)
Greenhand Chapter Conducting – 2nd (Area Qualifier)
Zoe Nguyen (Jasper)
Ben Ganoe (Jasper)
Aleece Skogsbergh (Jasper)
Hannah Berryhill (Shepton)
Shayne Leckband (Shepton)
Brandon Sayegh (Jasper)
Taryn Chism (Shepton)
Kane Vasquez (Shepton)
Public Relations – 2nd (Area Qualifier)
Greenhand Creed Speaking – 3rd
Zoe Nguyen (Jasper)
Agricultural Advocacy - 3rd
Job Interview – 5th
Greenhand Quiz – 6th
Gabriel Eslao (Shepton)
Samantha Albright (Shepton)
Rachel Snyder (Shepton)
Kimberly Jiminez (Shepton)
Radio Broadcasting – 6th
Conner Grindinger (Jasper)
Senior Skills – 6th
Senior Quiz – 7th
Senior Creed Speaking – 12th
**I have more wonderful news to share about our orchestra students. This past weekend, judging was held for the TMEA Texas All-State Orchestra- Area Competition and the official results have been released.
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 65,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 31 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other Regions in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances before thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.
While most high schools might have a couple of students make All-State, Jasper alone has a record TWELVE students who earned this title! This is the highest honor for a high school music students and was no easy task for any of them as they each put around 300 hours of practice towards their audition. Their names are listed below and I hope that you will find a chance to congratulate each of them. They will take part in an unforgettable performance come February.
Jacqueline Jia *2nd year in a row
Samantha Liu *2nd year in a row
Eric Zhang *2nd year. Ranked 1st in state!
Yenna Lee-Gannon *2nd Year. Ranked 7th overall
Bryan Han *Ranked 8th overall
**The following students will be competing in the District V LDE Contests tomorrow in Anna, TX
If you see these students, wish them good luck. They have worked very hard on their presentations and spent countless hours before school, during lunch and after school working with their teams.
They are responsible for all work they miss during 5th -7th periods.
This Saturday, Jasper competed in the UIL One Act Play competition against all of the other high schools in the district, as well as the Plano East Senior High IB Theatre Program.
We placed 3rd overall in the competition (Williams placed 2nd, and Shepton placed 1st), and the following students were honored:
Allison Ayo – Honorable Mention All-Star Cast
Hope Mayo – Honorable Mention All-Star Cast
Sinan Beskok – All-Star Cast
Alyssa Cohen – Outstanding Crew
**We have 5 students that have art work hanging in an art gallery in downtown Plano. The Ten20 Gallery has so graciously allowed PISD high school students to experience what it is like to have their art hang in a gallery. The reception is tonight at 7 and the pieces will be there until next Friday. If you have the opportunity to come see the work please do so. You will recognize our students art pieces because they are the best!
Michelle Jiang (10th)
Maxwell Jiang (9th)
Andrea Zhou (10th)
**The band received first division ratings at UIL this past Saturday, Occtober 22.
**This past week 9 jasper students competed in the TJAS Science fair competition at Texas A & M. Three of our students were first place in their category which qualify them to attend the National competition AAAS in Boston in February. We also had five 2nd place finishes and one 3rd. Please congratulate the students if they are in your classes. ( Especially the 9th graders they rocked! Best freshmen I have taken to early competitions)
David Yue – 1st
Eric Zhang – 1st
Khushi Thakkar- 1st
Maansi Srinivasan – 2nd
Kevin Meng – 2nd
Yiingi Wang – 2nd
Natash Chugh – 2nd
Sangita Vasikaran- 2nd
Jacob Mammen – 3rd
Pat Kite & Pamela Grow
**I am very excited to share with you that after submitting Jasper into the state wide competition known as TMEA Honor String Orchestra, the Legacy Orchestra was selected a finalist over the weekend and once again placed as the number two high school orchestra of Texas!
While Jasper orchestra has frequently ranked in the top 2 of all Texas high school orchestras, I need to remind everyone that we are an anomaly. These are 9th and 10th graders earning this status while going up against high schools that are 9-12th grade, meaning we are technically a JV level orchestra placing higher than Varsity level groups.
I am constantly in awe of the amazing things our kids at Jasper are capable of. Any orchestra that ranks as a finalist in the TMEA contest is performing at a near professional level and our students work so hard every year, in the first 7 weeks of school no less, to earn that status.
**This past Saturday was the Orchestra All-Region auditions. I’m happy to let everyone know that out of the 800 students from all the Plano and Frisco High Schools (9-12 grade) who competed for a place in the orchestras, 35 of our Jasper students earned a spot as well as 6 other students placing as an alternate! 14 of those students also earned a high enough ranking to audition at the All-State level in two weeks. The Jasper orchestra students had a more than impressive showing as they took a large portion of spots in the All-Region orchestras. Below are those students. Please help me in congratulating them if you have them in your class.
Samantha Liu – Violin *All-State
Jacqueline Jia – Violin *All-State
Richard Liu – Violin
Grace Lee – Violin
Eric Ye – Violin
Eric Zhang – Viola *All-State
Yenna Lee-Gannon – Viola *All-State
Hanna Sung – Viola *All-State
Seung (Bryan) Han – Cello * All-State
Kihan Sung – Cello *All-State
Jett Wang – Cello *All-State
Shawn Ha – Cello *All-State
Eddie Xu – Cello *All-State
Caleb Park – Cello *All-State
Hunter Liang – Cello *All-State
Kevin Meng – Bass *All-State
Kevin Fang – Violin
Ellen Qian – Violin
Aditya Paul – Violin
Kesavan Venkatesh – Violin
Jimmy Ding – Violin
Destiny Dong – Violin
Sanjana Shriram – Violin
Emily Huang – Violin
Audrey Sun – Violin (Alternate)
Eric Zhang – Violin (Alternate)
Anqy Tong – Violin (Alternate)
Raghav Sriram – Viola
Johnathan Shih – Viola
Grace Zhu – Viola
Andrew Yu – Viola
Darren Huang – Viola
Ethan Tan – Cello
Vincent Huang – Cello
Daniel Cao – Cello
Jonathan Vasilyev – Bass *All-State
Caroline Peters – Bass (Alternate)
Kira McMahon – Violin
Tingfan Mao – Violin
Jeremy Hsu – Violin (Alternate)
Michael Igwe – Viola (Alternate)
**Region Choir Results:
Congratulations to all of the students who auditioned for Region Choir this past weekend. This is quite a big event just six weeks from the beginning of school! These kids have been practicing diligently – at home and school . Thank you for your support of these students as they work to achieve their goal of making the Region Choir. We have so many talented students that are not placed in a choir. There is a big adjustment in the material and time frame experience from middle school to high school audition. This is in addition competing against juniors and seniors, allergies and colds that have hit and as always the “fear factor” aka nerves! I could not be prouder of the dedication and commitment from any of our students who take on this challenge regardless of placement. Way to go Jags!
Pre-Area Mixed Choir (these students advance to the next audition in November and will perform on the Region Concert )
Sophie Albert, Tim Anderson, Shivesh Basu, Avantika Chellury, Alex Collier, Daniela Diano, Paige Evans, Jack Forden, Parsa Maboudian, Rishi Malhotra, Chetan Moghe, Vilasini Nayar, Novin Nekoui and Megan Simmons.
Region Treble Choir (these students will perform on the Region Concert)
Rhea Karkera, Jasmine Lu, Zoe Pitts, Alex Poole, Divya Ramesh, Leena Sears, Caroline Shee, Morgan Smith, Shriya Telakalapalli, Anushri, Tripathi and Grace Yu