Annual Reports 2006 - 2007

Student Evidence of Excellence

A team of students representing Longacre Elementary School won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge. The third-grade team placed first in the nation in the year’s second meet among 543 school teams participating at this level and in this division. Eight of the school’s students won highest honors for individual achievement as well: Annika Andersson, Shrihari Bhaskaramurthi, Christy Champnella, Chandler Couzens, Dipika Krishriaswami, Carter Riehl, Krish Sundar, and Nandan Tumu all earned perfect scores.

The Harrison High School Dance Company was selected to perform in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. This is an adjudicated festival for Michigan’s top high school musicians, vocalists, artists, actors, filmmakers, and dancers. There were 50 dances submitted and the Harrison Dance Company was one of the 14 groups selected.

Ari Grant, North Farmington High School, placed in the top 100 in the State at the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition.

The following students won State level recognition for their work in the Math Pentathlon contest: Ari Hollander, Hirokazu Murayama and James Przeslawski of Eagle Elementary School; Aditi Bhandari, Richard Lantz and Jacob Vargo of Gill Elementary School; and Andrew Nathanson and Eric Stanis of Forest Elementary School.

For the first time, Farmington High School students placed third in competitive events in the DECA International Career Development Conference. DECA is an association of business marketing students with more than 150,000 members across the world. Only six percent of these members qualify for the international competition each year.

The following students are 2006-2007 State PTA Reflections winners.

  • Ta’hani Griffin, William Grace Elementary, Award of Merit in Primary Visual Arts
  • Casey Iles, Gill Elementary, Award of Excellence in Primary Photography
  • Victoria Johnson, Highmeadow Common Campus, Award of Excellence in Intermediate Photography
  • Druva Krishnaswami, Longacre Elementary, Award of Excellence in Primary Literature
  • Kamari Morse, William Grace Elementary, Award of Excellence in Intermediate Film
  • Christian Olson, Hillside Elementary, Award of Merit in Primary Visual Arts
  • Casey Iles, Gill Elementary, and Victoria Johnson, Highmeadow Common Campus, were also winners in the 2006-2007 National PTA Reflections Contest.

All three Farmington Public High Schools were named in the “Newsweek” top 1,200 public high schools in the country.

  • Farmington High School – ranked 813
  • North Farmington High School – ranked 1112
  • Harrison High School – ranked 1190

Rankings are determined by the number of advanced placement tests taken by all students at a school divided by the number of graduating seniors.

The following students were recognized at the 2006 Leadership Award Program presented by the Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club: Shulamite Chiu, Harrison High School; Nicholas Eason, Farmington High School; Caela Hesano, North Farmington High School; Martez Lawson, Farmington Central; and Taylor Robinson, Farmington High School.

Students in the North Farmington High School Automotive program competed in the Tech Trek competition at the North American International Auto Show against 11 other schools and placed first. Tech Trek is a test of automobile knowledge put on by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association.

The 2006 Jon Grant Teen Spiritual Leadership Awards, presented by the Farmington Family YMCA, went to Danielle Kaplan of North Farmington High School. The following students were finalists: Samah Aso, Gadah Fadell, Ingal Lenz and Ronza Manwail, all of Harrison High School. Kristine Kendall, North Farmington High School, also was a finalist.

Harrison High School’s Varsity Pom Pon squad won top honors in the High School State Championships at Eastern Michigan University.

Farmington High School’s Madrigal Choir received straight 1’s from judges at the State Choral Festival in Lansing.

Excellence North Farmington High School students won a 2007 Oakland Press Excellence in Education Program Medallion for the school’s Genocide Interdisciplinary Study, which involved nearly every student in studying the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and more recent genocides in Rwanda and Darfur.

Farmington High School students Sruthi Renati and Anna Sheppard were named National Merit Finalists. Renati scored 2300 out of a possible 2400 on her SAT. Sheppard scored 2210 on the SAT.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding achievement among American high school students. Of the 1.5 million students who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test each year, approximately 120,000 students compete for this award. Three thousand students are honored by being included on a published list of high academic achievers. Of this group, 1,600 are selected as semifinalists. Six Farmington Public School students placed in this group: George Blake, Stephanie Harbin and Julie Robinson from North Farmington High School and Ajay Gopalakirshna, Benjamin Yelian and Sreekirthi Vadlamuri from the International Academy.

The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes approximately 50,000 students every year, 16,000 students are designated semifinalists and are the only students to advance in the Merit Scholarship competition. The other 34,000 receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

Farmington High School
Colleen Budd, Commended Student
Kelsi Lindblad, Commended Student
Sruthi Renati, Semifinalist
Anna Sheppard, Commended Student
Aashay Yande, Commended Student

Harrison High School
Shulamite Chiu, Commended Student
Andrea Leach, Commended Student
Matthew Rose, Commended Student
Justin Simpson, Semifinalist

North Farmington High School
George Blake, Commended Student
Jill Goldberg, Commended Student
Dorothy Heebner, Semifinalist
Yue Li, Semifinalist
Alexander Sapick, Semifinalist

The following North Farmington High School students were selected as Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Student Winners: First Place Individual Award winners were: Shelby Booker, Brittany Braudo, Elizabeth Callan, Sean Fitzpatrick, Zoe Lesser, DaShawn Primm. The “Northern Star” Newspaper staff won the Spartan Award. Alaina Buzas, editor in chief of the “Northern Star”, was selected as the Journalism Education Association Journalist of the Year.

Farmington Public Schools has been designated a Gold Medal school district by Expansion Management magazine. To be ranked as a Gold Medal School, a district must rank nationally in the top 16 percent of all school districts.

The Harrison High School Robohawks robotics team competed at Lawrence Technological University’s Robofest competition and earned first place in the Senior Exhibition Event. The students responsible for the win are: Josey Varughese, Angela Selden, Theresa Matthews, Sonu Varughese, Dan Smith, Robert Klosek, Brian Das and Michael Carlson. The Robohawks are coached by Steve Dail and are assisted by volunteers Barry Brouillette and Pete Lindberg.

Amanda Balogh, second-grader at Flanders Elementary School, was selected among 119 semifinalists in the country – and the only one from southeast Michigan – in the Huggable Heroes contest, for collecting toys, clothes and 9,000 books that she and her family collected and delivered to a Mississippi school devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Farmington Public Schools students were among 16 area students to be named to the 2007 “Observer” Newspapers Academic All-Star Team. They are: Sruthi Renati, Farmington High School; Lauren Jones, Harrison High School; Alexander Sapick, North Farmington High School; Dorothy Heebner, North Farmington High School; Shulamite Chiu, Harrison High School; and Anna Sheppard, Farmington High School.

Students from Warner Middle School were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate in the Math Olympiads program. The following mathletes won national awards for excellence in the Middle School Division: Ben Novak, eighth grade, won the Dr. George Lenchner Medallion, with a perfect score of 25 points; Eric Aleman and Jonathon Morof, eighth grade, won Gold Pin awards, for being in the top 2%; Ben Samoylov, eighth grade, and Jordan Berman, sixth grade, won Silver Pin awards, scoring in the 90th to 97th percentiles; Evan Hayden, eighth grade, and Amit Sharma, seventh grade, recognized for earning a spot in the top 50% of all scores in the Middle School Division.

Four students from Gill Elementary School received perfect scores in the Michigan Division I Mathematics Pentathlon Tournament. Winners of the Gold Medal Hall of Fame for achieving a perfect score were: Arun Annamalai, Nathalie Nordan, Sanidhya Singh, and Jacob Vargo. They competed against 300 kindergarteners and first-graders in the metro area.

The Gill Elementary School Mathematics Pentathlon Team won the Michigan 2007 First Place Team Gold Award for outstanding performance. Gill students from all K-5 grade levels competed against 1,400 students in Michigan and Ohio. Gold Medal Hall of Fame winners were: Roman Firestone, Tomo Fukai, Clay Higley, and Justin Joseph. Dana Iles won a Gold medal. Bronze winners were Vinni Bhatia and Nisha Kamath. Lahari Nadikanti won an Honorable Mention.