Hanford High School provides a safe and positive learning community that promotes innovation, intellectual curiosity, and citizenship in order to allow students to realize their full potential and to become life-long learners.
HHS Student invited to compete in the GENIUS Olympiad
Shanta Katipamula, a Junior at HHS, has been invited to compete in the GENIUS Olympiad for her Project titled, “Harvesting Hydrogen from Water Electrolysis.” This international high school competition with an environmental focus will be held in Oswego, NY at the SUNY campus from June 15-20. Last week, she earned first place at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair at Bremerton in the Energy and Transportation Division and also earned recognition from Yale Science and Engineering Association and the US Navy.
Hanford High School earns state achievement award
The Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia announced today that Hanford High School in Richland is a recipient of the 2013 “Washington Achievement Award” in the category of Reading Growth.
The award is based on the school’s performance on the Washington Achievement Index, a comprehensive measurement of how schools in Washington State are performing over time.
According to Principal Ken Gosney, there are a number of reasons why Hanford High School earned this state recognition:
·Targeted instruction that meets the needs of individual students
·Using data to properly place students in classes that allow them to thrive
·Dedicated teaching staff that constantly looks for innovative ways to improve their practice and increase student achievement
·Supportive parents that place a high value on education
“So many schools in our state are doing good work to make a difference for kids,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “Spotlighting best practices provides an opportunity for all of us to learn what these schools are doing right and how we might incorporate these successful strategies in other schools across the state.”
Enjoy the art creations of Richland School District secondary students
Eight Hanford High School students placed in the Write-Off Competitions at the National Scholastic Press Association convention April 10-13 in San Diego. More than 4,000 students attended with 1,000 competing in writing and design contests.
Tiffany Liu – Literary Magazine Layout
Sydney Otte – Press Law & Ethics
Sydney Galbreath – First-Year Photo
Nismeta Kabilovic – Sports Writing
Elyssia Mendoza – Review Writing
Mickey Shin – Editorial Cartooning
Olga Laskin – Commentary Writing
Alisa Chuang – Literary Magazine Illustration
Washington State Thespian Festival
Congratulations to a number of Hanford High School theatre arts students who earned top awards and scholarships at the Washington State Thespian Festival March 21-22 in Ellensburg:
Hanford High School
·“Best of Fest” - Moon Over Buffalo ($700 scholarship for each cast member)
·Double Superior Rating - Moon Over Buffalo
·Double Excellent Rating - 42nd Street
·Best Group Scene - Brights with Camren Bleiler, Emily Doughty, Katie Evans, and Tyler Zirker ($700 scholarship for each member)
·1st Place in Tech Olympics Props - Zach Harper, NiKayla Stubbs
·2nd Place in Tech Olympics Props - Sara Staven, NiKayla Stubbs
·Elected as State Thespian Officer - Gracie Dai
Economics students display their knowledge
A Hanford High School team earned a second place award in the Washington State Economics Challenge. The Econ Challenge is an online multiple choice question competition covering topics in macro, micro, and international economics. Team members Brooklyn Fisher, Elisa Apra, and Zachary Pawlowski competed in the division for students enrolled in one semester of economics.
“I am proud of my students’ efforts and their collaboration,” noted teacher Jonnie Fenton.
“A working knowledge of economics gives students the tools they need to make reasoned and informed decisions that will help them succeed in the real world,” said Pam Whalley, President of the Washington Council for Economic and Financial Education.
The HHS team won a state title in the Kick category.
The Hanford High School Falcon Fever Dance Team earned a first place trophy at the Washington State Dance Competition held March 29 at the Yakima Sun Dome. The HHS team won a state title in the Kick category.The team also earned second place in the Dance category. “I am very proud of how hard these girls worked this year,” said coach Rachael Morgan. “They were determined to perform at a high level and did so.”
HHS made the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014” list
The Washington Post’s education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list. Noted in the national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each school’s average SAT score.
The top three national schools include American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, CA; Uplift Education North Hills Preparatory in Irving, TX; and Corbett Charter in Corbett, OR. The top DC area schools include: Saint Anselm's Abbey (P), Washington International School (P), and H-B Woodlawn.
The new question added to the survey this year reflecting a change in school cultures was whether each school has an 11-person football team. Jay Mathews writes that research indicates that high school sports, including football, give students valuable time-management and leadership skills.
The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board has announced that Hanford High School seniors Jonah Bartrand, Chenguang Li, and Sathvik Ramanan have been selected as Washington Scholars from the 8th Legislative District, and that Lucy Wang, Hanford High School senior, has been chosen as a Washington Scholar – Alternate.
The Washington Scholars program recognizes the accomplishments of three high school seniors from each of the state’s 49 legislative districts.
“This is the first time in memory that one school in the 8th District has swept the three scholar awards and we are extremely proud of our students’ accomplishments,” stated Ken Gosney, Hanford High Principal.
The Washington Scholars award represents the highest academic honor conferred to high school students graduating in the state of Washington.High school principals nominate the top 1 percent of their school’s graduating senior class on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. A committee, comprised of high school principals and college administrators, selects the top four students in each legislative district, naming three as scholars and one as a scholar alternate.
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