Highlands Blog

2017-2018 Student Success

The 2017-2018 School Year had a wealth of highlights. Our impressive students applied themselves both inside and outside of the classroom. Their intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm have resulted in an impressive collection of achievements.
Pizitz Math Tournament
Overall Team - 1st place
  • Eli Mrug - 2nd
  • Andrew Glassford - 3rd
  • Joseph Katz - 5th
  • Olivia Honeycutt - 6th
  • Rosa Sable - 7th
Future of Technology Essay Competition
Andrew Glassford—National Winner
Spelling Bee
Andrew Glassford--District 1st; County Bee 3rd
Letters about Literature Contest
479 letters were entered in the contest; up from 245 letters received last year
State Winners
  • Katelyn Elrod, 2nd place Level I;
  • Olivia Honeycutt, 2nd place Level II
  • Joseph Katz,  3rd  place Level II
Breakdown of Semi-finalists by Levels
Level 1 – 111 entries
  •        Katelyn Elrod, Highlands School Sixth Grader
Level 2 – 309 entries
  •        Mary-Candler Schantz, Highlands School 7th Grader
  •        Andrew Glassford, Highlands School 8th Grader
  •        Olivia Honeycutt, Highlands School 8th Grader
  •        Joseph Katz, Highlands School 8th Grader
  •        Sela Komisar, Highlands School 8th Grader
Highlands’s India delegation was represented by Olivia Honeycutt, Chloe Williams, Nora Barton, Gibson Goodrich, Carlton Wallwork, Rosa Sabel, and Andrew Glassford.  The Congo delegation was represented by Whitney Byington, Finn Pak, Mary Candler Schantz, Caroline Reddington, Jaison Perkins, and Nour Shoreibah.
Both of the teams passed in committee and in General Assembly. Our Indian delegation was awarded JUNA’s Outstanding Native Dress and our Congo delegation received one of the Outstanding Nation awards. Additionally, Rosa Sabel was honored as one of JUNA’s Outstanding Girl Delegates and Andrew Glassford received one of JUNA’s Outstanding Boy Delegate awards.
AL State Geography Bee
Andy Schwebel placed third in the AL State Geo Bee, placed first in the eighth grade division of the regional History Bee, and led the Scholars Bowl to victory in the district tournament (earning us an automatic bid to Nationals this weekend in Chicago)
Middle School Scholars Bowl team
  • Andy Schwebel, Joseph Katz, Andrew Glassford, Olivia Honeycutt, and Thomas French -- finished 8th in the state
  • Joseph Katz -- second place in the eighth grade division of the regional History Bee
  • Andrew Rowe -- first place in seventh grade division of the regional History Bee
Perennial Math competition - January 27th
All students who placed in 1st-3rd in either team or individual competition qualified for the National Competition, which will be held online.
  • Anna Elise Mrug, Jackson Shah, Katie Xie, Adam Vars, Claude Dumas earned 2nd place in 3rd grade Team Competition
  • Nausicaa Chu, Nandhini Gutti, Zoe Eveland, Anaya Patel, and Jia Chaudhari earned 1st place in 4th grade Team Competition
  • Nausicaa Chu -- 1st place 4th grade Individual Competition
  • Nandhini Gutti -- 3rd place 4th grade Individual Competition
  • Eli Mrug -- 1st place 6th grade Individual Competition
Creative Communications Poetry contest
The following were chosen as winners to be published in their anthology:

  • Taia Arsenian
  • Mia Bernal
  • Nausicaa Chu
  • Nish Doppalapudi
  • Zoe Eveland
  • Gus Giattina
  • Milan Mehra
  • Anaya Patel
  • Joe Porter
  • Rhett Raughton
  • Isabel Baldwin
  • Chandler Barclay
  • Willa Crescenzi
  • Alex Curtis-Agarwal
  • Latham Good
  • Jaya Jotani
  • Kate LaBorde
  • Marcelle Medo
  • Elizabeth Rowe
  • Margo Bailey
  • Marguerite Doucet
  • Lyric Haskins
  • Annette Linton
  • Morgan Mack
  • Misha Patel
  • Bo Sherrer
  • Mose Stephens
  • Nate Albert
  • Victor Altamirano
  • Ian Crawford-Mendoza
  • Sawyer Hutton
  • Sarah Khamis
  • Max Markstein
  • Rosa Schwebel
  • Kathryn Wallwork
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

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