The American Computer Science League All-Star Contest was held on May 26 at Barrington HS near Providence, RI. The CA team of Thomas Hoffman (’18), Matthew Modi (’20) and Vincent Wang (’18) finished in 6th place in this international competition, involving team programming and individual written rounds, and battling against top teams from the U.S., Romania, Canada and Croatia. Competition in our division was extremely tight. The team scored 39/40 on the programming round and 26/36 on the especially challenging written round, and were actually just two points behind 1st place!
For their written round performances, Thomas won an Amazon Echo Dot and Vincent, with a perfect score, brought home a Chromebook computer. Matthew, as the only returning underclassman, will likely be our team’s leader for next year.
On May 25, Cary Academy held commencement exercises for the Class of 2018.
Lianne Gonsalves ('06) delivered the keynote address. Class speakers were Kate Hampton and Arman Kassam. Caroline Brewer delivered a thank you to parents. Kassam received the Founders' Award.
You can see a video of the ceremony here.
On May 24, the eighth graders learning Spanish at Cary Academy participated in a flamenco workshop. Ed Stephenson brought this Spanish art-form to the students with his classical guitar, a percussionist, and a dancer. This project was made possible due to funding from the PTAA Grant Program.
During the event, first, students enjoyed a recital of traditional and new flamenco guitar pieces accompanied by el cajón (a percussion instrument), las palmas (handclapping), and las castañuelas (castanets). At the same time, a bailaora danced to the different rhythms. Finally, students participated playing el cajón, handclapping, zapateando (footwork showing), and cheering the artists in Spanish. ¡Olé estudiantes de español!