Category: Boston University Academy

Boston University Academy Student Awarded $20,000 for First Place in Math Competition

November 16th, 2009 in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Student News 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) student and Lexington resident Elizabeth Synge won $20,000 for first place in the Advantage Testing Foundation’s Math Prize for Girls competition held at New York University on November 14, 2009. With an additional $23,000 in prize money for nine other top performers, the Math Prize for Girls represents the world’s largest math award exclusively for young women in high school. 237 girls from across the nation participated in the competition which featured an exam consisting of 20 complex problems covering algebra, geometry, trigonometry, combinatorics, and number theory.

“It is very rewarding to see Elizabeth excel and represent BUA in a competition that aims to advance the educational opportunities for women in mathematics,” said BUA Head of School James Berkman.

Synge, who has been participating in similar competitions since age eleven, is currently a junior at BUA. She recently competed at the 2009 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO) where she received a silver medal. The CGMO, like the Advantage Testing Foundation’ Math Prize for Girls, provides an opportunity to encourage young women to study mathematics and to work with others who are enthusiastic about developing their mathematical skills.

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University In their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Student Performed at 2009 Boston Arts Festival

September 21st, 2009 in Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) senior William Kong Maness, son of Dr. William L. Maness and Dr. Celeste Kong Maness of Boston, performed at the 2009 Boston Arts Festival with the Community Music Center of Boston. The performance took place on September 11 at Columbus Park on the waterfront behind Faneuil Hall as part of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s annual 3-day art festival featuring music, dance, and theatrical performances and art exhibitions. Maness, who plays both the acoustic and bass guitars, performed alongside The Boston Ballet, young Saxophonist sensation Grace Kelly, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Balletrox, and Opera Boston.

According to Head of BUA James Berkman, “Will is a founding member of our Jazz Band and a talented musician. We look forward to many more exciting performances in the future.” Maness is scheduled to graduate from BUA in 2010.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

The Boston Arts Festival is presented by TARGET and co-sponsored by Metro Boston, WBUR, Gillette, and Hunt Alternatives Fund. The 3-day festival takes place at Christopher Columbus Park, conveniently located on Boston’s waterfront between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston’s historic North End. The Park is easily accessed via public transportation: Blue Line to Aquarium stop, Green Line to the Haymarket stop, or the Orange Line also to Haymarket stop.

Middle School Students Participate in Unique Summer Program Hosted by Boston University Academy

July 7th, 2009 in Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Thirty-seven Boston area middle-school students are spending this summer attending classes through The LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Academic Development) Program at Boston University Academy. Programs will be taught with a hands-on approach where, for example, students will learn about map-making by measuring the number of body lengths in a given school corridor. At LEAD, the science lab is filled with ongoing experiments that the students have designed. Students will take rock-climbing and racquetball classes, and will hone their hip-hop dancing skills with instructors from the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center at the end of the month.

The students also explore, through exercises, how to develop as strong leaders in their own school communities, including public speaking skills to self-advocacy. Faculty from Boston University Academy and Harvard University teach the classes in English, Science and Math. They are assisted by counselors who are currently in high school or college.

LEAD, the Leadership Exploration and Academic Development Program is a tuition-free initiative of Boston University Academy. The program is offered to seventh and eighth grade Boston-area students who are stymied by socioeconomic status, a lack of access to information, immigrant status or large class sizes. The faculty provides individual attention and supplemental learning experiences while aiming to reinforce academic skills, build self-confidence, and promote responsibility, integrity and leadership. For more information, please visit bu.edu/academy – The LEAD Program

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University In their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University College of Engineering and Boston University Academy to Host Massachusetts VEX Robotics Competition Championship

November 6th, 2008 in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Science & Technology 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy, in conjunction with BU’s College of Engineering, will host the Massachusetts VEX Robotics Competition Championship on Friday, November 7, 2008. Fourteen teams from various high schools across New England will convene at BU’s Sargent Activity Center (One University Road) for this Invitational Tournament.

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. for team check-in and continues until the awards ceremony at 3:00 p.m. The day includes morning and afternoon matches followed by thr elimination round and finals to determine the winning team. Marie Planchard, director of Worldwide Education Markets at Solidworks Corporation, will serve as keynote speaker.

“We are so pleased to host the VEX Robotics Competition,” said BU Academy Physics instructor and event organizer Gary Garber. “We’re always curious to see what the other teams produce.”

The competition is based on the game “Elevation” which is played on a 12’x12′ field. Two alliances, one “red” and one “blue,” composed of two teams each, compete in each match which consists of a 20-second autonomous period, followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to earn a higher score than your opponent’s alliance by placing cubes into goals, and by “owning” goals by having the highest cube in a given goal. Points can also be earned by “parking” on the platform or by “controlling” the bonus cube.

“I welcome the teams traveling from throughout New England to BU,” said BU Academy Head of School Jim Berkman. “The students are excited to have so much involvement from other high schools this year.”

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. The Academy, which was founded in 1993, offers an academic program that combines a classical curriculum with a rigorous approach to the intellectual and cultural challenges of contemporary life. Academy students may begin taking courses for college credit in their junior year, earning credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Science Team Places First in Western Suburban Science League

October 29th, 2008 in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Science & Technology 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Academy Science Team placed first in the Western Suburban Science League’s opening meet of the school year. On October 16, the team competed in four contests against 15 schools at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Contest subjects included physics, rocket launching, astronomy, and mystery architecture. Teams were awarded points according to where they ranked among the other schools in the individual contests. The BU Academy team finished first with 69 points, beating Reading Memorial by one sum point, and pulling way ahead of the third place home team, Acton-Boxborough, who finished with 60 points.

“This was a close meet and we are so pleased that we were able to pull out the win,” said BU Academy Science Team Advisor Abby Walsh. “We are using what we learned at the October competition to prepare for the upcoming contests which are sure to be just as tough.”

The next League competition is scheduled for November 13 and will take place at Burlington High School. The meet subjects will be health science, engineering, thermodynamics, and wind power. Teams will use the event descriptions from previous years to prepare for the competition and whatever the contests bring.

“The Science Team works long and hard to prepare for these meets,” said BU Academy Head of School Jim Berkman. “And we are so proud they have been recognized for their terrific work.”

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. The Academy, which was founded in 1993, offers an academic program that combines a classical curriculum with a rigorous approach to the intellectual and cultural challenges of contemporary life. Academy students may begin taking courses for college credit in their junior year, earning credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Celebrates Class of 2008 in Fourteenth Commencement Ceremony

May 20th, 2008 in Boston University Academy, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Academy community gathered on May 19 to honor the graduating Class of 2008. The school’s fourteenth commencement ceremony was held at the Tsai Performance Center, and led by Brian Baise, BU Academy Director of Studies. Boston University Provost Dr. David Campbell presented diplomas to 33 distinguished graduates.

The Commencement Address was given by Professor Loren J. Samons II, chair of the BU Department of Classical Studies, an appropriate speaker since BU Academy provides an education program marked by a traditional, classically based core curriculum. Professor Samons discussed the importance of individuals putting the quest for excellence – in Greek, arete – and virtue – in Latin, virtus – above the pursuit of things like wealth and power. Illustrating this theme, he cited Socrates’ defense speech before the Athenians in 399 B.C. as presented by Plato in the Apology, and the Roman philosopher Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, written about 524 A.D.

“The most important question you will face over the next four years will not be about your courses, majors, or careers. The most important question you will ask yourself is ‘What kind of person do I want to be?’” said Professor Samons. “If you will focus on the quest for arete and virtus recommended to us by Socrates and Boethius, you have the chance to become not only smart and successful, but good and happy. To paraphrase Boethius, it is only the kind of happiness that comes from goodness that can never be taken away.”

Also speaking at the commencement were Class of 2008 members Leah Fine and Jacob Caplain who gave the valedictory and student addresses, respectively, while Samantha Cohen and Lydia Glenn offered Latin and Greek orations. Additionally, Class of 2007 member William Leuchtenberger welcomed the graduates to the BU Academy Alumni Association.

Viktor Tsankov presented a gift on behalf of the graduating class, which included a contribution to the Haley Murphy Morrill Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial aid to future BU Academy students. The scholarship fund was established in the memory of Class of 2010 student Haley Murphy Morrill who passed away earlier this year.

Four members of the Class of 2008 will attend Boston University in the fall. Other prestigious destinations include Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies Joint Program with Columbia University, Amherst College, Bates College, Boston College, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Chicago, Colby College, Cornell College, Duke University, Harvard University, Macalester College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, Willamette University and Yale University.

Boston University Academy was founded in 1993 and is a small, independent, coeducational high school. BUA fosters learning in a community environment with the unique benefit of Boston University’s resources. Located on the Boston University campus, the Academy provides a rigorous program that combines a traditional curriculum with college classes (up to 48 college credits) to facilitate a smooth transition from high school. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Presents Financial Aid Benefit Auction: Vote For BUA!

April 23rd, 2008 in Boston University Academy, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – Boston University Academy announces that it will hold its ninth annual benefit auction at 7:00 PM on “Super Saturday,” April 26, in the BU Metcalf Trustee Center (One Sherborn Street, 9th Floor). This year’s auction, themed Vote For BUA! will feature both live and silent auctions accompanied by a champagne reception, cocktails and hors d‘oeuvres, as well as several raffles.

With recent announcements and a narrowed field, BU Academy is emerging as the clear choice and front runner for the best secondary school. The auction serves as a call to all supporters to join the party and campaign for BUA scholars.

Tickets for the evening are $50.00 per person, $35.00 for BUA alumni and can be purchased by contacting Paige Brewster at 617-353-9000. All proceeds generated by the auction will directly benefit financial aid assistance for qualified students enrolling at BU Academy.

Additionally, BU Academy’s First Annual Online Auction is currently underway at www.buacademy.cmarket.com. Online bids will be accepted until 12:00 PM on Friday, April 25. Community members including current and former parents, faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends are encouraged to participate and support BU Academy’s ongoing efforts to provide access for all qualified students.

The Vote For BUA! auction features over 135 items donated by businesses, parents and faculty members. Participants can bid on spending a week in the Turks and Caicos, a baseball autographed by Red Sox players during Spring Training, a Wii gaming system, and a handmade Persian rug, among other things. For additional information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy is a small, independent, coeducational high school fostering learning in a community environment with the unique benefit of Boston University’s resources.

Boston University Academy Student Selected as Massachusetts Representative to U. S. Senate Youth Program

February 29th, 2008 in Boston University Academy, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry recently announced that Ian Beatty, an Auburndale resident and student at Boston University Academy, was one of two Bay State students chosen to be part of the 46th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. A total of 104 delegates will participate in the program, to be held March 1–8, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

The delegates are selected by the chief educational officer in each state after nomination by teachers and principals. Possessing exceptional leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service, this year’s students rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition to the program week, the foundation grants each of the student delegates a $5,000 college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.

An outstanding member of the Boston University Academy class of 2008, Ian Beatty is active with the State Student Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Education and the Greater Boston Regional Student Advisory Council. He is also a student leader at BUA, serving as the vice president of Student Council, a peer advisor, a peer tutor and an admissions tour guide, as well as co-captaining the school’s varsity soccer team and playing on the varsity basketball team.

As a senior, Ian Beatty takes several courses at Boston University, and is interested in studying history and business in college. His senior thesis, a year-long, independent research project with a university faculty advisor, is on the ties between the rise of nationalism and guerilla warfare. Ian is the son of David and Elinor Beatty.

The United States Senate Youth Program was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation since its inception. The impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony was “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

Each year the extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

Boston University Academy is a small, independent, coeducational high school fostering learning in a community environment with the unique benefit of Boston University’s resources. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Boston University Academy Hosts Robots of Boston Press Conference

February 15th, 2008 in Boston University Academy, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – On Tuesday, February 19, students from the Boston University/Boston University Academy For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Team, along with other Boston area teams will showcase the robots they have built in a pre-competition press conference. As event hosts, the BU/BU Academy team continues its commitment to growing the visibility of and participation in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

Held from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Sargent Gymnasium on the Boston University campus (One University Road), the event will feature addresses by Ken Colucci of MIT Lincoln Laboratories as well as Ken Lutchen, Dean of the BU College of Engineering. Additionally, two awards sponsored by Radio Shack and Boston University for best robot design and best teamwork will be presented. Finally, the teams will demonstrate how their robots work by playing FIRST Overdrive, the designated game for the 2008 competition.

For the past 6 weeks, the student teams have been designing, constructing and programming their robots from scratch, to be tailor-made to play FIRST Overdrive. The game is played on a track, with three teams in an alliance competing against three other teams in each match. The object of the game is for a team to attain a higher score than their opponent by making counter-clockwise laps with their robot around the track while moving large trackballs over and/or under the overpass that bisects the track.

At the end of the demonstration, students will put their robots in crates and ship them off to FIRST, where they will be held until the regional competition, March 27-29 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. Here, 45 teams from Boston area high schools will compete for a place in the national competition, held in April in Atlanta. Overall, more than 30,000 high school students on over 1,300 teams from across the United States and internationally will compete in 41 regional events.

FIRST is a national initiative founded by inventor Dean Kamen to encourage young people to get involved in and excited about the field of engineering. The annual FIRST Robotics Competition began in 1989 for the purpose of demonstrating to high school students the many opportunities that exist in technology, science, math, engineering and invention. The participants are rewarded with scholarships provided by colleges, universities, corporations, businesses and individuals.

Boston University Academy is a small, independent, coeducational high school fostering learning in a community environment with the unique benefit of Boston University’s resources. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

Teams Attending Robots of Boston Press Conference
Boston University Academy (Boston)
Boston Community Leadership Academy (Brighton)
Charlestown High School (Charleston)
Holliston High School (Holliston)
Hyde Park Educational Complex (Hyde Park)
John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science (Roxbury)
Josiah Quincy Upper High School (Boston)
Mount Saint Joseph Academy (Allston)

Boston University Academy to Host Kick-Off Event for Greater Boston High School Students Competing in National Robotics Competition

January 4th, 2008 in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Science & Technology 0 comments

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – On Saturday, January 5, students from Boston University Academy, under the guidance of their undergraduate mentors from Boston University, will host a kick-off event for local high school teams participating in the 2008 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (F.I.R.S.T.) Robotics Competition. Held at BU’s George Sherman Union at 9:30 AM, over 20 area teams involving over 200 high school students, will be in attendance.

This annual competition challenges students to build a robot from scratch that is tailor-made to play a specific game. This year, over 30,000 high school students on over 1,300 teams from across the United States and internationally will compete in 41 regional events.

At the Boston-area kick-off event, the national rules of the competition and details of the game that all completed robots must be able to play will be broadcast live by NASA TV, official team photographs will be taken and outreach workshops will be held. In addition to the standard “kit of parts” provided by F.I.R.S.T., all teams at the kick-off event will receive a supplemental kit of building materials. Boston University Academy Head of School James Berkman will provide opening remarks and Boston University Provost David Campbell will also address the students.

Following the event, all teams will have six weeks to develop and implement design, construction, programming and competition strategies for their robot, in accordance with the rules. On March 27-29, 45 teams from area high schools will converge on Boston University’s Agganis Arena to compete for a place in the national competition, held in April in Atlanta. In 2007, The Boston University Academy/Boston University team earned the F.I.R.S.T. Engineering Inspiration Award, the second highest award, which qualified the team to participate in the national competition.

“This is an exciting day as hundreds of high school students in Boston will begin an intense six week design and build period, but also embark on a career in the field of engineering” said Gary Garber, a physics and mathematics instructor at Boston University Academy and coach of the joint BUA/BU team.

F.I.R.S.T. is a national initiative founded by inventor Dean Kamen to encourage young people to get involved in and excited about the field of engineering. The annual F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition began in 1989 for the purpose of demonstrating to high school students the many opportunities that exist in technology, science, math, engineering and invention. The participants are rewarded with scholarships provided by colleges, universities, corporations, businesses and individuals.

Boston University Academy is a small, independent, coeducational high school fostering learning in a community environment with the unique benefit of Boston University’s resources. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.