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PEARLS Qualifies For National History Bee Final Championship Tournament
Congratulations to the PEARLS National History Bee team and their coach Mrs. Bellusci, who on April 17, 2014, competed in the National History Bee Regionals, held in Orange, NJ. As a result of the students’ impeccable performance, PEARLS has qualified to compete in the National Final Championship Tournament, to be held in Atlanta, GA the weekend of June 6th-8th.
The National History Bee is a jeopardy-style competition where students compete individually on historical content, and topics may include everything from ancient civilizations to current events. In order to qualify for regionals, students had to score in the top 120 on an online exam, given to students from all over the Lower Hudson Valley and Tri-State area. All four of our students qualified (Anish De, Andrew Lorino, Ryan Oates, and Melody Kulaprathazhe), and are to be commended for their efforts and strong performance at Regionals.
In order to qualify for Nationals, students must score in the top one third at Regionals, and 3 out of 4 of our students accomplished this difficult task (Anish De, Andrew Lorino, Ryan Oates), with 2 (Anish De & Andrew Lorino) scoring in the top 10.
The top 10 performers at regionals compete in a final showdown. In the first round of the finals at Regionals, the first 4 students to score 3 points go to the “Final Four”. 1 of our students (Anish De) qualified for the Final Four, and ultimately ranked 3rd! Anish De and Andrew Lorino both received medals for their superior performances.
All of our PEARLS team members did an excellent job, and it was a wonderful, memorable experience. The PEARLS Bee team would like to thank their parents, as well as Mr. Gonzalez and Ms. Barnes-George for their support at Regionals. Nationals here we come!
Good Luck in Atlanta!! Well done PEARLS!!!!! J
PEARLS Hawthorne Championship Journey
“We started from the bottom now we’re here”! The PEARLS boy’s basketball team began practicing and preparing for the City Tournament in September. We began the season with an 11 man roster and finalized with 7. The boy’s team practiced twice a week during their lunch period to further develop their basketball IQ and fundamental skills. Coach Richards studied and utilized the “Breakthrough Basketball
Drills” e-Book, by Jeff and Joe Haefner, as the main resource used to design each practice lesson. The girl’s basketball team was a late addition to the tournament and began practicing in January. They lacked fundamental skills and a basic understanding of the game of basketball. However, their work ethic and desire to improve was enviable.
Entering the tournament, our game plan was to take command of the game early and hopefully the girls would maintain the lead. The plan worked to perfect the first two games. However, as the competition and level of play increased, the boy’s team often found themselves in a tight physical game. Very much depending on the girl’s team to give us the much needed cushion to secure victory. I am proud to say, out of 6 games, the girl’s basketball team never lost a quarter. PEARLS Hawthorne finished 6 & 0 winning each game by an average of 15 points. Out of 20 teams, we were the last team standing. Kenza Abirou and Sean Bresnan both captured the City Tournament “Most Valuable Player Award”! Our per-game rally, “Hard work is Easy work”.
PEARLS Science Olympiad Team 2014
The winter Olympics in Sochi Russia has just ended, however, the “Olympic” spirit is alive and well at PEARLS. The PEARLS Science Olympic Team was placed 3rd (2points separating 2nd and 3rd place) out of 32 teams in the regional competition at Scarsdale Middle School on Saturday, March 8, 2014. This is the second year in a row that PEARLS will compete in the State Championship. The event will be held in Rochester on April 4th and 5th, 2014.
Apart from the 3rd place trophy, many students won trophies for individual events. Congratulations to first Coaches Rosie Tutt, Stella McCormack, Mala Mahase-Lipes, Mentor Chris Hasson and the Science Olympiad team.
Grade 6 Apprentices
Jake Barnett Quin Platek
RoseMary Biju Quin Pfeifer
Melody Kulaprathazhe Ammara Mehkri
Andrew Lorino Zachary Barnet
Andrew Villareal Katherine Urena
Chris Friend Maria Fernandez
Students Place Event
Enzo Kim & Alice Militaru
Enzo Kim & Christian Ortiz
Andrew Villareal & Maria Kulaprathze
6th Green Generation
Enzo Kim & Maria Kulaprathaze
2nd Solar System
RoseMary Biju & Andrew Lorino
Christopher Friend & Andrew Villareal
3rd Water Quality
5th Wheeled Vehicle