Students honored in Yahara River contest

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Nearly 30 District middle school students placed in the top 10 for the Yahara River Writers Contest and attended a special ceremony at UW-Madison's Union South on Tuesday, May 8.

The students wrote poems, short stories, editorials or created cartoons or other art work for divider pages. For the first time, Spanish poetry was also included as a submission category. 

Thousands of students from all over southern Wisconsin submitted work so these students should be especially proud of this accomplishment!

District students recognized included:

Glacier Creek: Ben Schulz, Ruthie Nelson, Nathan Kwon, Kevin Wu, John Steinmetz, Ben Pralat, John Chafe, Lauren Lamson, Angelina Hui, Monica Merino Vicuna, Diana Padilla Garcia, Natalie Ahn, Lexi Boehnan, Guillermina Mancillas, Lizbeth Perez, Monica Carrillo.
Kromrey: Nina Chan, Chris Kirk, Lila Glinberg, Leslie Sanchez Carranza, Jordan LaScala, Iris Qu, Varsha Gouraram, Jamie Luna, Azaria Spencer, Grace Rosholt, Emily Lynch, Anastasia Leffel, Milton Adame  Mungia.

In other Advanced Learning news:

* Sixteen MCPASD 7th and 8th graders advanced and competed at the Mega Math Meet on May 23 at Madison College.

District teams placed second and third, while Glacier Creek eighth-grader Harsha Chilakapati placed third individually. The second-place team included Caleb Sanders, Kaitlyn Ko, Krish Parikh, Naveed Ansari, Seoyoung Min, Amanda Zhu, Harsha Chilakapati and Franklin Hu. Teddy Burkard, Lauren Li, Zaki Siraj, Dhruv Prakash, Michael Lee, Annabelle Reppen, Clay Kaufman and David Ma comprised the third-place team.

* Five students -- Kromrey seventh-graders Maddie Goscha, Zaki Siraj, Gus Balasubramaniam and Jonathan Kim, along with MHS ninth-grader Nikki Yu, have advanced to the Future Problems Solvers International Conference to be held at the UW-La Crosse on June 7-10.

* Glacier Creek seventh-grader Mackenzie Sloan was named a finalist in the annual Engineer Girl writing contest. Her essay was titled, "The Future of Student Safety.''

This year's contest asked students to imagine how engineering can help communities. Specifically, this year's contest focused on having students investigate an infrastructure system in our community and suggest an improvement in the form of a persuasive letter, essay or report.