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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Look what's up at Richmond Hill High School

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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:30 am

The students at Richmond Hill High School have been very active. Here are some of their recent happenings!

Robotics and stem are for girls

The Richmond Hill High School HyperDrive Robotics team just participated in its second “FIRST Robotics Competition” and finished in seventh place. The robot had to lift boxes onto a shelf and climb up a step. It is notable that 31 percent of the RHHS team members were girls. This shows the diversity at Richmond Hill and the involvement of girls in STEM activities there. Information technology specialist and adviser to the Robotics team Tony Kistoo commented, “Building a robot encourages problem solving and collaboration between students; skills that will give our students an edge in college and in a career. I’m so proud of their hard work and of the outcome.” Team members Jasmeen Kaur, left, Manasvi Salauja, Jamleen Kaur, Mashratoon Munir, and Raj Bala Chaudhary show off their robot.

Annual student blood drive

The 2018 annual blood drive collected approximately 40 pints of blood with students still waiting to give blood when this story was obtained.

Senior Leila Espinal, right, is the captain of the RHHS girls swim team. Espinal, who has donated blood three times over the years, aims to be a forensic pathologist and will attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the fall.

Sandra Lazo, the senior class president and captain of the girls varsity volleyball team, coordinated the event and even sat in the front of the auditorium in front of the stage as students came to donate blood.

Anime Club unplugs for fundraiser

The Anime Club at Richmond Hill High School, which is dedicated to cartoons, is shown selling refreshments as a Mother’s Day fundraiser. The club meets in the school library and is advised by Librarian Ms. Eleanor Marchant. It conducted the event as a fundraiser and social event.

Physics class in the halls

In Ms. Jane Han’s physics class — the students moved out of the classroom into the hall so the characteristics of wave properties can be fully demonstrated. Using a slinky coiled spring, they demonstrate characteristics which are common in sound waves, water waves and any other kind of waves. The class had several questions about the experiment.

Student Profile: Rosemary Chicaiza

Senior Rosemery Chicaiza has been voted the Best Female Athlete in Richmond Hill High School as one of the superlatives in the graduating class of 2018. The Brooklyn resident is captain of the softball team, is on the girls basketball team and played volleyball. College Adviser Ms. David who is also adviser of the girls basketball team, called Chicaiza, “A born leader, dedicated and floor general of the team.” Her greatest accomplishment was throwing a school record 15 strikeouts in one game. 

Academically, she taken college level Advanced Placement English and Spanish, has been honored for increasing her science grade from 85 to 100 and has a four-year average of 90. She wants a career in sports management or sports psychology, will be attending Daytona State College in Florida, where she hopes to win a scholarship as a pitcher in softball.

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