Congratulations to Sqaud, the Navigator ROV team led by Miranda Pokorny and Kobe Weinstein. At the MATE ROV competition in Aptos May 9, the team competed against 10 other teams, coming in 3rd overall! The team also won the Spirit Award and earned the top score for their Sales Presentation. The competition consisted of multiple parts: a ‘Product Demonstration’ where students drive their ROV underwater and attempt to complete a series of tasks in 15 minutes, a ‘Sales Presentation’ which is the presentation of their ROV to a panel of judges and experts, who evaluate their design and pose questions related to its structure, function and design rationale, the evaluation of their ‘Marketing Display’ and a ‘Safety Check’. The team consists of Captain Miranda Pokorny, Chief Programmer Kobe Weinstein, Chief Financial Officer Sam Sharp, Chief Technical Officer Nadav Wichmann, and Ashley Taylor, Lucia Kanga-Livingstone, Harold Uber-Kellogg, Caden Cassidy, Antonio Mendoza, and Damien Scholzen. The Tech High Ranger Team came in a very respectable fourth place against field of more experienced teams and missed winning the best Technical report by 2 points! The Ranger team is led by Captain Gio Ghigliazza, Chief Financial Officer Satya Karri, Chief Technical Officer Ethan Renouf, Chief Programmer Mary Nguyen, Eric Chang, Jane Bui, Elijah Jones, Jake Slater, Kyle Prior-Landman and Ceara Sullivan. The Navigator team won third place by 0.3 points and got 49/50 points on their presentation!
ENGLISH/FOREIGN LANGUAGE/EDUCATION: Technology High School Technology High senior Cristian Placencia Mata tutors classmates in both English and Spanish but says his greatest impact is a much simpler act. Sometimes it’s something as small as a lunch time conversation with a student who is sitting alone. “This act is something that brings my school great joy because students at my school enjoy having conversations with me,” he said. “They know that when they talk to me I will respect them and honor their opinion and give them guidance in things that I don’t find to be correct.” For years Mata has helped native English speakers with their Spanish classes, as well as helping native Spanish speakers, including members of his family, learn English. “I also tutor my relatives who have trouble learning English, because I know exactly what they are going through and it is very difficult to learn,” he said. “Just like my students for Spanish, I teach them correlations to Spanish, speech, writing and a passion.” David Freebairn, a Spanish teacher at Technology High, said students gravitate toward Placencia Mata. “Students enjoy working with Cristian because he is fun, but also serious, and students know they will learn from him,” he said. “Because of his personal knowledge of the language and his willingness to share that knowledge with others, so many students are helped and relieved,” Freebairn said. And Placencia Mata’s own work is always top notch. “Cristian is an extremely diligent and meticulous student,” he said.
Greg Weaver, a Science & Engineering teacher and Robotics Club advisor at Tech High, was nominated as Teacher of the Year by the California League of High Schools. Mr. Weaver has been with the school from its early beginnings in 2001, and has therefore taught essentially every student from every graduating class of the school. The Tech High staff are all proud that he was selected for this distinguished award and know that we are joined equally by students and parents in congratulating him!
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Senior Project Presentations@LJMS
7:00 AM - 12:15 PM Finals 0 Period - 2nd Period
8:00 AM - 12:15 PM 12:15 dismissal
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Senior Awards Night
7:00 AM - 12:15 PM Finals 0 Period - 4th Period
8:00 AM - 12:15 PM 12:15 Dismissal
7:00 AM - 12:15 PM Finals 0 Period - 6th Period
8:00 AM - 12:15 PM 12:15 Dismissal
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Graduation
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Report Cards mailed home