Manual has so many students to be proud of. Read about how Claire Metel (MST, 10) is taking action to help girls in Tanzania not miss days of school every month.
In response to the recent gun violence in Florida and Marshall County high schools, the first Safety Committee meeting was held at Manual on March 29. Principal Mayes and Asst. Principal Kuhn facilitated the meeting. A handout was distributed which included specific recommendations from a retired Secret Service Agent. The meeting attendees commented on these suggestions, and also made recommendations of their own.
A new engineering elective will be available with the 2018-2019 academic year. A 4-year pathway program will expose students to engineering and prepare them for engineering and technology courses in college. The elective courses will provide students with hands-on projects in engineering design, mechanics, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing, civil construction and design, alternative energy, bioengineering, and aerospace engineering.
submitted by Keith Robbins
Manual students make up the first squash team from Kentucky to compete at the US High School Championships, which takes place in Philadelphia this weekend.
Henry Robbins, MST Senior
Ryan Kline, HSU Senior
Luke Sheridan, HSU Senior
Spencer Strelsov, MST Senior
Ben Roussell, HSU Senior
Armin Razavi, MST Senior
Clayton Cobb, VA Sophomore
Fons Cervera, J+C Senior
Coach: Lee Scott
You may remember seeing a film crew at Manual last spring. Science Fair, a documentary film by Cristina Costantini, follows nine students from around the world on their journey to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). One of the nine ISEF-hopefuls followed in the film is Manual’s own Anjali Chadha (MST junior), pictured above. Science Fair was one of 110 films selected among the 14,000 Sundance submissions! The world premiere will be January 21st and 23rd in Park City, UT.
The Kentucky Youth Assembly, better know as KYA, is the fall conference for the Manual Y Club. After months of writing, research, and debate, the club took over 100 students to attend this mock state legislature held at both the Kentucky State Capitol and the Crowne Plaza hotel on November 9-11th.
Each of the students assumes the role of a senator or representative, with a few students taking specialized roles, such as lobbyists, media, candidates, or as a part of the judicial portion.
The seven bills that we took to KYA did exceptionally well. Legislation is the primary focus of the conference, and our success in this area is one of the main reasons that we won the title of “Outstanding Delegation.”
The following bill sponsors deserve many accolades:
It is hard to imagine MST without Mr. Zwanzig. He is known for his dedication to and impact on MST, Manual, and his students. All are invited to Mr. Zwanzig’s Retirement Celebration on Tuesday, May 23 from 6:00-7:30pm in the auditorium. Donations are suggested to enable Mr. Zwanzig to “make the leap” and return part-time next fall. Please feel free to share this link with those who want to be part of the celebration and congratulate him.
While most Manual families were starting spring break celebrations on Saturday, April 1st, 49 MST students were competing at the Kentucky State Science and Engineering Fair held on the EKU campus in Richmond.
Manual MST won 3 of the 6 slots available to proceed to ISEF (Intel International Science & Engineering Fair), for a total of 9 students going to ISEF. The other students were selected from the duPont Manual Regional Science Fair held on March 12th at JCTC in Louisville.
Manual students who will represent Team KY at ISEF are Anjali Chadha, Ben Jiang, Govind Krishna, Emily Liu, Greg Schwartz, Madison Sneve and the team of Harsha Paladugu, Ryan Folz and Abraham Riedel-Mishaan. See the list of all winners at the State Science Fair here.
The Kentucky YMCA (KY YMCA) holds it’s annual mock United Nations (UN) assembly, known as KUNA, every year in the spring. KUNA is one of the two multi-day events that Manual’s Y Club has attended for many years. The KY YMCA actually hosts six of these events, three for middle schools and three for high schools, from around the state. Each host between 1,000 and 1,200 students.
The preparation for KUNA begins well before the three day, two-night event held at an area hotel. The students are assigned countries, and begin to prepare a resolution, cultural attire, a global village, a sign, and a performance for their country. Manual represented eight countries this year. This work begins shortly before winter break and lasts for months as teams within each country tackle each of these areas, meeting at least once a week to work on their projects.
One of the unique things about KUNA is that it is completely student driven. The prior year, there is an election and the students elected serve as presiding officers. At the 2016 KUNA, Lydia Mason was elected Secretary General, the highest position at the conference. Mason is also one of four in the conference’s history to serve as Secretary General at both the middle and high school level. Also representing Manual was Kayla Payne, who served as a Justice in the International Court of Justice portion of KUNA.
The Regional Science Fair for Meyzeek and Manual students was held March 11 at Jefferson Community & Technical College. Over 300 students competed for Manual, requiring 200 judges and nearly 100 volunteers. Students who placed first or second in their category will proceed to state competition on April 1. According to Mr. Zwanzig, MST Magnet Coordinator:
“We are sending 49 projects to the State Science Fair. This is probably the strongest group of students we have ever sent to State. Any of them would win something if they made it to the International Science Fair. These kids are all truly amazing. There were some strong projects that unfortunately did not get sent to state because we are limited in how many we can send.”
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