Education notes: Basis senior Buadu wins national scholarship

2014-04-14T00:00:00Z Education notes: Basis senior Buadu wins national scholarshipAlexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Basis senior Buadu wins nat’l scholarship 

A Basis High School senior has been awarded a National Achievement Scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Adwoa Buadu is one of seven Achievement Scholarship winners from Arizona, and the only one hailing from the Tucson area. Buadu will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

The awards honor scholastically talented African-American youths.

More than 160,000 students entered the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2012 preliminary SAT as high school juniors. Approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named semifinalists. Finalists needed high grades, an endorsement and recommedation from their high schools and SAT scores that confirmed their PSAT performance.

Ultimately, 1,300 students advanced to the finalist level and of those, 800 were named National Achievement Scholarship winners.

St. Gregory’s Zhang off to DC to share research 

St. Gregory College Preparatory School senior Kylie Yuanqi Zhang will represent Arizona at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Washington, D.C., next week.

Zhang is advancing after taking the top prize at the Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium last month, winning a $2,000 scholarship and an invitation to present her research on creating a more economical and efficient 3D modeling system.

The 18-year-old international student from Hengshui, Hebei, China, hopes her discoveries might lead to better 3D modeling for toy and fashion manufacturing, and possible application in cancer treatment by creating highly accurate tumor models.

The D.C. symposium is a collaborative effort between the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Academy of Applied Science and leading research universities. The Department of Defense provides funding for the event and scholarships.

Son. Science’s McKee earns writing award 

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recognized last week as part of the 2014 Arizona Scholastic Writing Awards.

Sarah McKee was awarded a Silver Key for her persuasive writing submission, “Tantrums and Tiaras.”

The award recognizes the exceptional vision of the nation’s youth, providing an opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents.

Political, civics group at Rincon takes prize

Rincon High School was awarded The Ernest Andrew Rogers Award for outstanding Junior State Chapter of the Year.

The Junior Statesmen Foundation recognizes the most outstanding chapters in each of its jurisdictions. The ideal JSA chapter is the center of nonpartisan political activity and awareness on campus.

Rincon’s JSA Chapter was judged on its political awareness, civic engagement/activism, leadership and community service.

The Rincon chapter will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a Junior Statesmen Summer School and a full scholarship to a Junior Statesmen Institute for one chapter member.

The chapter will also compete in May at the national level for the Junior State of America’s National Civic Impact Award.

Academy of Tucson’s

Trivedi to present work

A junior at the Academy of Tucson High School is preparing to present her work on compost tea at two international research events.

In May, Tapasya Trivedi will travel to the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, Environment) Project Olympiad in Houston and will exhibit at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

Trivedi’s work focuses on the search for a healthy alternative to the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used to produce food Americans consume. The events in Texas and California host the top 1,600 teen researchers in the world.

Sabino Hall of Fame seeks nominees

Nominations for the Sabino High School Foundation Hall of Fame are now being accepted.

Application forms are available on the Foundation website, and the deadline to submit is May 2. The ceremony will be held this fall.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact her at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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