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2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These three students at A-TECH qualified as Semifinalists by taking the October 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the high-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors and represent the highest scoring entrants in the state of Nevada.

This year A-TECH has three students who have qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. If you see these students please feel free to congratulate them on their outstanding efforts and encourage their pursuit of academic excellence.

Congratulations to A-TECH’s 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

Daniel Chong

Craig Hammond

Shane Park

These Academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the completion for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the completion.

The Semifinalists and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

We wish each of the Semifinalists the best as they continue through the 2020 NMSC competition through October 2019 for the status of Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Competition!


Congratulations Youth Legislators Joanna Bieda and Kamieko Goines

Congratulations to Joanna Bieda and Kamieko Goines who were appointed as youth legislators to their respective Nevada Senatorial Districts, 4 and 5. These young women have been selected to represent 27,000-42,000 youths in their Districts, draft legislation, and push forth the type of productive dialogue those they represent wish to hear. Sworn in to office, they are working with their district Senators and Assemblymen as well as collaborating with our District Youth Advisory Council to discuss issues and concerns affecting the youth within their community and within our state. They also provide support for Youth Legislators as they prepare for and conduct District Youth Advisory Council and town hall meetings, present testimony before a public body, and develop ideas for legislation to present to the Legislature for consideration. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!


Welcome Back Mavericks

Mavericks, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Advanced Technologies Academy. This year A-TECH will be celebrating a quarter century of excellence! We ask that you please help us to start our Silver Anniversary celebration starting Monday, August 19 with a Welcome Back Spirit week to commemorate this exciting milestone.
Spirit Week activities will include the following Spirit Days:

Monday, August 26 – Marvel vs. DC Be a Superhero Day
Tuesday, August 27 – Tweedle Dee / Tweedle Dum Day – Match with a friend
Wednesday, August 28 – Pink Panther Day – Wear Pink!
Thursday, August 29 – Battle of the Cartoons Day – Represent your Favorite Channel! – CN = Black & White – Nick = Orange – Disney = Blue – PBS = Green
Friday, August 30 – Yee Haw Mavericks Day – Dress in Western Apparel


Congratulations A-TECH Mock Trial on a Banner Season

A-TECH Mock Trial – Nationals Results

CONGRATULATIONS to Jason Park, who was named one of only ten Outstanding Attorneys in the nation at Nationals!

A-TECH’s Purple Team placed 32nd, but was just one ballot away from placing 21st. It is amazing what a difference just one ballot can make in the final standings!

Mrs. Bouchard is VERY proud of our Purple Team members, as they competed against 45 other State Champion Teams from across the nation.

KUDOS to these amazing kids and their perseverance, as they attended nearly daily Mock Trial preparation sessions, while concurrently completing assignments and projects for their highly-challenging A-TECH classes, not to mention studying and taking their many AP exams.

The team worked tirelessly and all team members have been making up their AP Exams, as well as their semester exams, this week. (Thank you, Mr. Gokul, for scheduling all of their make-up AP exams!)

Thanks to those who have supported our Mock Trial Team, this year! We sincerely appreciate you!!!


Congratulations Speech & Debate on an Outstanding Year!

Ms. Stern and our Speech & Debate team are proud to share the results of the Golden Desert Speech and Debate District Championship tournament with you all.
22 schools with a total of 460 entries competed for just 37 slots to Nationals this year. A-TECH claimed SIX of those 37 slots!
Congratulations to our National Qualifiers:
  1. Senate Congressional Debate – Yaseen Shah
  2. House Congressional Debate – Matthew Vogel
  3. House Congressional Debate – Jefrin Jojan
  4. Lincoln Douglas Debate – Phillip Irving
  5. Original Oratory – Jaden Nguyen
  6. Dramatic Interpretation – Jacob Kessler
These students represent the top 3% of competitors in the entire country and will be headed to Dallas this summer for eight days to compete against hundreds of other competitors from around the world in their respective events.
A-TECH is taking twice as many students to Nationals this year as we did last year and six times as many as 2 years ago.
Furthermore, for the second year in a row, A-TECH won the yearlong sweepstakes competition and took home the 1st Place Golden Desert League trophy in Congressional Debate.
Due to the team’s extraordinary showing at the District tournament itself, the team also took home the District Sweepstakes Plaque in Congressional Debate.
A-TECH also took home the 3rd Place Golden Desert League trophy in Policy Debate this year due the to the extraordinary showing of freshman Genevieve Noorigian, Jaqueline Balanovsky, Ethan Stancliff, and Raymond Behnke.
In addition, we had a number of students who advanced beyond preliminary rounds but did not claim one of the other qualifying slots. Please also congratulate the following students for advancing in the competition:
  1. Lincoln Douglas Debate – Jonah Gentleman
  2. House Congressional Debate – David Johnson
  3. House Congressional Debate – Sean Im
  4. House Congressional Debate – Alejandro Gonzalez Duran
  5. House Congressional Debate – Joanna Bieda
  6. House Congressional Debate – Steven Waker
  7. Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking – Ariana Boorboor
  8. US Extemporaneous Speaking – David Johnson
  9. US Extemporaneous Speaking – Yaseen Shah
  10. Duo Interpretation – Janette Lopez Ramos and Hayden (Bree) Lamoureu

Congratulations March Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as Student of the Month for March: Kevin Graeser,  Hannah Nelson, Jonet Anderson, Devon Burdick, Trevor Eyre, Ian Mayo, Jason Park, Cyrus Cueto, Cameron Mell, Scott Tuzon, Preston Mavady, Laura Sanchez, Anahi Saldana, Dylan Webb, Jahzara Regan, and Allen Bouchard.


Congratulations A-TECH Mock Trial – State Champions

(pictured above, left to right: Karlyn Carlisi, Jaden Nguyen, William McAdorey, Gabriela Zeidler, Emma Mayo, Adriana Cazas, Jason Park, Desiree Vasquez, and Alex Pilks!)

CONGRATULATIONS to A-TECH’s Purple Team, as it triumphed at the Nevada State Mock Trial Competition and became the STATE MOCK TRIAL CHAMPIONS! The team will now travel to Athens, Georgia, May 15-19, to represent the state of Nevada at the National Mock Trial Competition!

IN ADDITION, Jason Park was awarded one of only three Best Counsel Awards for the State Competition!

Congratulations Mavericks and Mrs. Bouchard!