Student recognition by Board of Education
Student recognition by Board of Education
Posted on 06/01/2015
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Several West Haven High School students have been honored at recent Board of Education meetings for debate team accolades, athletic achievements, artwork awards, leadership, math competition performances, sharing stories of success in the WHHS Pace program, and winning an essay contest.

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WHHS senior Toni Chambers was recognized for earning a gold key in the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards for her digital work, “6:53 pm.”


WHHS senior Tatiana Gay was recognized for winning first place in multiple debate league tournaments this fall and being the only WHHS student selected for a parliamentary debate invitational at the University of Pennsylvania in February.

WHHS students were recognized for being finalists in the WHHS Math Department Pi Day challenge. Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, nearly equal to 3.14159...It's celebrated each year on March 14. At WHHS, the students wrote as many digits as they could remember on a whiteboard, with sophomore Kara Walker winning for the second year in a row with 260 digits.

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WHHS student Rose Silver won first place in the annual WHHS Academic Integrity Committee Essay Contest for her creative and well-written essay about Charlie Brown. Rose's essay was then honored as a top submission in the statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest run by the School for Ethical Education. She also read the essay at a BOE meeting.

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WHHS sophomore Brandon Sebastian was honored at the BOE for being named the top student-athlete for the long jump indoor track event in all of New England this winter and setting a new school record. He earned the title at the New England High School Indoor Track and Field Championship at the end of February in Boston.

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WHHS junior Max Padro became the first Westie to win a boys Class L swimming event in school history
following his 1st and 2nd-place victories in March at the Class L state championship for swimming.

Students in the WHHS PACE program shared success stories at a BOE meeting of their time in PACE, what led them to enroll in those classes, and how the move changed the entire course of their school careers for the better. Students in PACE participate in smaller class settings with more individualized instruction and participate in credit recovery. They also receive an intensive support system to learn skills and behaviors needed for success in high school and beyond. PACE seeks to reengage students in their own education and create a feeling of connectedness to their school community.

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WHHS seniors Alice Obas and Jesus Yanez received CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) Leadership Awards for their roles as BOE student representatives.