The fifth academic year at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley was a monumentally successful one! From individual interests, to club competitions, to students being encouraged by their peers or teachers to, "go out and get it!", we saw our students step up to the challenge.
Whether it was at local meets or in national competitions, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students made themselves known as a force to be reckoned with. Join us in congratulating our Bobcats on a job well done!
Our Bobcats had quite a showing at this year's Bay Regional Academic Decathlon. Six of our students placed in the Top 3 of their division, with one student placing 1st.
- Our Cross Country team competed at a local middle school division meet and a first year runner on the team placed 14th overall and came in 2nd in an individual event.
- For the second year in a row our Middle School Boys Volleyball team went undefeated in their spring season.
- The Middle School Girls Volleyball team lost just one game.
BAY AREA BRAIN BEE
Our school was well represented at the Bay Area Brain Bee by the 14 Bobcats of NeuroScience Club out of the 120 total participants. Only 30 students out of the hundreds who compete annually are chosen for the second round of the competition and eight of them were Bobcats! Two students made it into the Top 5 and one of our own Bobcats came in 2nd in the entire Bay Area!
- Best of School was awarded to four of our students at the BEBRAS Computing Challenge, with 11 of our students winning Honor Roll.
- Twelve of our students were honored with National Center for Women & Technology awards this year! The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.
- We had 27 students place in the top ten over 70 times during the SVCDC and 10 students place 1st.
- At The State Career Development Conference 15 Bobcats placed in the Top 10 and three students placed in the Top 3 and were able to move on to the international competition in Orlando.
Investment Club students win first and second place in the 2019 San Francisco Stock Market Game. First place went to a senior who beat the market by over 20%.
- One of our students qualified to attend the State Geography Bee. He was selected out of the Top 100 students in the state.
- We had quite a showing at the 2019 San Francisco Regional Finals. Six of our Bobcats qualified for the National Bee and three for the International Olympiad.
- Our Middle School Math Circle Team won 3rd place in the Berkeley Mini Math Tournament (BmMT). This tournament is one of the largest national math competitions for middle school students.
- The Bay Area Math Olympiad is a four-hour marathon of mathematic proof writing. The BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Middle School Math Circle team placed 2nd in terms of both score and participation.
The Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) is one of the largest and most prestigious high school competitions in the world. HMMT is entirely student-organized by students at Harvard, MIT, and nearby schools, many of whom are HMMT alumni themselves.The BASIS Independent Silicon Valley High School Math Circle Team won 5th place in the HMMT.
This year our campus hosted the Canadian Open Math Competition (COMO), the Canadian counterpart of the AMC 10/12. 25 students, including circle members and non-members participated in this competition. Seventeen of the 25 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley COMC participants earned Performance with Distinction Certificates and seven of our students qualified for higher level national competitions.
- Four of our Bobcats took 2nd place at the local chapter or regional competition in Math Counts.
- Both our High School and Middle School team's won Honorable Mention at the Purple Comet Math Meet, placing 9th and 6th out of 675 and 553 teams worldwide.
- The US Math Competition Association is a collaboration of U.S. college-run math competitions that organizes a national circuit. Top scoring teams at each USMCA member contest (examples include Caltech-Harvey Mudd, Berkeley, Princeton, Duke) earn points in the USMCA National Circuit. At the end of the contest, top scoring teams are invited for a national finals. This year, the BISV Math Circle got invited to the Challenger Division, and finished 8th.
- The Santa Clara County Mock Trial tournament was a busy one. Students participated in the first four rounds, winning two and conceding two.
NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
BISV students scored 7.5 points (18.5%) above the national average. The highest performing grade level (measured by percentage above the national average) was 7th grade; they collectively scored 10.6 points above the national average. Of the 42 students who took the 2019 National Latin Exam, there were:
- 19 students summa cum laude (gold medal),
- 11 students maxima cum laude (silver medal),
- 3 students magna cum laude (certificate), and
- 2 students with ribbons for Intro Latin.
We also had two students who received perfect scores on their exams.
NATIONAL MYTHOLOGY EXAM
Two of our Bobcats were awarded bronze medals for the 2019 National Mythology Exam.
- At the first event of the season of Robotics SPACECATS won the "Core Values Award." Judges raved about the team's ability to compete a teamwork task in record time.
- During a Los Gatos Meet, Team Microbroccoli won the highest honor of "Excellence Award."
- A group of our Bobcats attended the Central Valley Championship in Fresno and won the "Robot Performance Award" as well as the 2nd Place Champions Award.
- At the first competition of the year, The Churchill Invitational, The BISV Division B Science Olympiad team placed nine times, including 1st in Thermodynamics.
- Division B once again shined at this years Kennedy Invitational. Five of our teams placed in Top 10 and we took home the 5th place trophy of the Invitational.
- Division C had two teams place in Top 10 at the Golden Gate Invitational.
- On of our students scored so well on the F=ma exam that he qualified to take the USA Physics Olympiad Exam (USAPhO). Students who qualify to take the USAPhO exam do so in the hopes of securing a spot on the 2019 U.S. Physics Team, and having the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the International Physics Olympiad.
- Division B was able to advance to the State Championships after their Regionals competition. We had 12 teams place in the Top 10 of their category.
- At the ML Invitational, "Best of the West" Tournament, our Division B team took home a total of 7 event medals and ranked in the Top 6.
- For a third year in a row, the BISV Division B team qualified for the State Championships. The team won a total of eight medals at State.
- 30 of our Bobcats qualified for the regional You Be a Chemist Challenge, with two of them moving on to the state competition.
- Bioengineering and Medical Club students competed at the BioEHSC, a bioengineering high school competition at UC Berkeley. Fourteen of our Bobcats participated and 10 of our students placed in the Bioengineering, as well as the Biomedical Engineering categories.
- One of our Bobcats won 4th place in the 2019 National You Be the Chemist Challenge in Washington D.C.
SPEECH AND DEBATE
- We had five students place in the Top 5 at the Jon Schamber Invitational.
- The SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational was a busy one! Seven Bobcats placed in the Top 10, with one semifinalist and six finalists.
- Ten of our Bobcats placed at this years Stanford Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament.
- At the Cal Berkeley Invitational this year we had six students place in Top 10, with one student placing twice.
- At the Tournament of Champions we had four Bobcats qualify.
- Several of our middle school students competed at the 2019 Middle School State Championships for Speech and Debate, with one Bobcat walking away as the State Champion in storytelling.
- Our Key Club collected 189 gifts for children throughout the Bay Area during the holiday season.
- One of our Bobcats participated in the Rose Debate Public Speaking Tournament and placed 1st in the Stand-Up Comedy Division.
- Nineteen Seniors were named National Merit Finalists.
- Two of our Bobcats scored perfect scores on their AP Exams; AP Seminar and AP Computer Science A.
- Local Assemblymember Kansen Chu recognized a junior who founded a nonprofit that throws birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters.
- Four Seniors were named National Merit Scholarship Winners.
- One of our Spelling Bee Club Bobcats won the CBS Bay Area Spelling Bee, and traveled to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to make it to round five of the Bee in Washington D.C.
Quite an impressive list! We look forward to what the 2019 - 2020 academic year will bring.
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