San Jose Community Letters for the Week of June 11th – The Mercury News

Presentation gets yearbook gold

Presentation High School received the Jostens 2021 National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award in Gold, an accomplishment that’s even more noteworthy given that Willow Glen Private School students had to work remotely to produce this year’s yearbook.

The award recognizes engaging yearbook programs that reflect broad student representation while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and knowledge of information and communication technologies.

Jostens produces yearbooks for 15,000 schools across the country, of which only 127 have made gold. Presentation is one of only eight schools in California to receive the award.

The yearbook program of the presentation was led by student editors-in-chief Meghan Bedi and Alisha Ahmed and section editors Erin Peters and Asma Aslam under the direction of digital art teacher Nancy Ingersoll.

Mitty students pass the quiz bowl

A quiz bowl team from Archbishop Mitty High School made it to the playoffs at the 2021 High School National Championship Tournament, held on May 29 via Zoom.

The Mitty team ranked 49th out of 224 teams from four countries and 32 states. The A-Team was led by Advaith Modali, who was assisted by Ryan Ngai, Anuttam Ramji and Sameer Rao.

Quiz Bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social sciences, current events, sports, and popular culture.

Another team from Mitty entered but did not make it to the playoffs. This team was led by Aarav Billore, joined by Rayan Das, Arya Deshmukh and Riley Kong.

The teams were coached by Sathyabodha Belur and Prashant Billore, who was assisted by Thomson Ngai.

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