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The 2019-2020 academic year marks 70 years of Sacred Heart Academy and the school hosted a spirited weekend celebration. Read more here.
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TMLA Junior Myah Mitchell found that NYU Tandon School of Engineering offered a unique opportunity for young women to help close the gender gap in tech with the program Girls Who Code.  


During the 7 week program, Myah and her group first learned the basics of coding and then used this skill in various projects. They coded websites and apps; they built robots and wrote code for the robots.  For the final project, Myah’s group created a website called “Ecocloset” that focused on bringing attention to brands that use sweatshops while promoting eco-friendly brands.

Part of the program included a visit to the Kate Spade New York Foundation headquarters where 3 of the girls’ mentors maximized the girls’ experience by sharing their own experiences that guided them to their careers within the STEM community.  A visit to Google headquarters also introduced the girls to women who shared their paths to STEM careers at Google.  These women spoke about the challenges of being a woman in a field that is predominantly male and how they overcame these challenges. They also talked about the variety of STEM positions they hold at Google.

Kate Spade Foundation gave Myah a full scholarship for the program and provide
d her with a laptop computer. 

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TMLA Senior Rebecca Tejiran has been given the Harvard Prize Book award. This award is presented annually in more than 2,000 high schools around the world to outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, high character combined with achievement in other non-academic areas.

Rebecca’s award was sponsored by TMLA and Harvard alumna Faustina Martinez Rowan, Esq. ‘51. The goal of the program is to introduce talented young people to the opportunities available at Harvard and to recognize their scholastic and personal achievements.

The annual breakfast to celebrate the recipients of the award was held on October 2 at the Harvard Club of Boston. Speakers and undergraduate students welcomed the Prize Book winners to Harvard.

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Congratulations to TMLA seniors Natalia Kula and Ariana Diaz who were both honored for their scholastic achievement.  Natalia Kula has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.  TMLA senior Ariana Diaz was recognized as a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

There are about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

As a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, Ariana scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers in our region. As with the National Merit Scholarship Program, NHRP uses the junior year PSAT/NMSQT as the qualifying test. 

The National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes approximately 5,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors each year from among the more than 400,000 juniors who take the PSAT.

Congratulations to both Natalia and Ariana on these outstanding accomplishments. 

 

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TMLA Junior Anna Ducroiset was invited by the Student Conference for Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History to present a poster abstract of her recent biochemical research.  Although this international conference was designed for Graduate and PhD students, the conference mentors and attendees were impressed by the quality and significance of Anna’s research. 

 

With other scientists, Anna has worked at a lab in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and at the Marine Biological Lab in Cape Cod during the summer months and also during the school year. The research includes the effect of RoundUp Herbicide (common weed killer) and rising ocean temperatures on a plant species that lives freely in the water and inside of coral reefs.   The free floating plant species is essential for the production of atmospheric oxygen, processing of CO2, and regulating ocean acidification rates as well as for the ability of coral to grow. 

 

As we become more aware of our planet, we understand that coral reefs are important for many reasons.  They are thought to contain the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms while providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.

 

Anna became involved with this project the summer going into 9th grade. Her mentor was her Earth Science Regent teacher who encouraged her interest in science.   Anna intends to continue with this research during her years in high school and then hopefully to pursue this study throughout college.  

 

Anna claims that she “loves doing the research. It’s so interesting to work with scientists and learn about a million different things at once. I really liked how I was given an absolutely unique experience I could not get anywhere else.”

 

 

 

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