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Julia Lester Named County Soccer Player of the Year

The 2016 Janet Alvarez Female Soccer Player of the Year award was presented to Julia Lester. This award recognizes the outstanding Hillsborough County High School soccer player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence. The recipient epitomizes great leadership ability combined with diligence, perseverance and hard work. Julia is the second AHN soccer player to win this award and the first since Patti Casey in 1986. Congratulations, Julia!

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During their weekly PLC meetings, teachers attended MiniEdcamp sessions of their interest ranging from BookCreator and Google Classroom to Nearpod and iMovie. Edcamp is an unconference that allows teachers to meet informally to share and discuss education topics. The Edcamp model provides educators with a sustainable model for learning, growing, connecting and sharing.

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The AP Physics classroom has been bursting with marbles, dominoes, pulleys and creative students for the 2nd Annual AP Physics Contraption Competition! The Contraption Competition is based on the Rube Goldberg Machine Contests inspired by the famous creator of complex machines that accomplish trivial tasks. The competition challenged teams to build the most elaborate and hilarious contraptions that were judged on complexity, design, creativity, humor and team chemistry.

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Twenty-two performing arts students enjoyed a great day the University of Florida! Our music students had the privilege of spending the day with Dr. Kesling and the UF Concert Choir. Rachel Tata enjoyed a one-on-one session with Dr. Offerle, and Mutlu G. Citim-Kepic, the Director of Music Admissions, spent some time answering questions. Our dance students were able to experience Modern and African dance classes, our tech students spent their time in the costume and lighting departments, and our theatre students enjoyed working on their monologues in a theatre class.

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AHN Theatre Club students had the wonderful opportunity to experience some incredible Broadway workshops. The workshops were centered around a true broadway rehearsal along with improvisation and focus. Our girls had the pleasure of working with Marisha Wallace, current cast member from the Tony Award winning musical "Something Rotten.” Wallace worked with our students on choreography from the show. They also had the pleasure of working with Broadway veteran and professor at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, Randy Redd. The girls also enjoyed working with Erika Henningsen who portrayed Fantine in Les Miserables. Time was spent at Lincoln Cente, a visit to the Met, a stop at Juilliard and even behind the scenes at Radio City Music Hall!

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AHN's Theatre Club had an outstanding showing at districts, receiving four superior ratings. For the first time in AHN history, one of our own earned the best monologue performance of the day--congratulations to senior Alejandra Lozano! Alejandra will represent Troupe 0846 in the showcase at the festival at states. The following students will move on to the state competition in March 2016 to perform their monologues.

  • Marie Dela Cruz
  • Alejandra Lozano
  • Talia Sharrieff
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Congratulations to Mrs. Kim Quire, high school physics teacher, for the honor of being awarded a fellowship to attend an Oxford teacher seminar at the University of Oxford, UK, this summer. She will be a part of the “Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge” study group, which explores how cutting edge areas of scientific research can be integrated into classroom teaching at the secondary level.

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