Tandem student scientists competed last weekend in the Virginia Science Olympiad State Tournament, held at the University of Virginia. After a fine showing in the regional tournament, faculty mentor Alex Siragy says the team accomplished many of the goals set for a first year team in the state tournament. Notable performances were made in the Robot Arm event (Nina & Kiley earned 2nd place), the Dynamic Planet event (Kiley & Nina earned 10th place), and the Hovercraft event (Joe & Rosemary earned 11th place). Out of 24 teams in the tournament (21 of them from Northern Virginia), Tandem's team placed 20th, did not come in last place for any event, and achieved a higher overall rank than Charlottesville High School (the only other central Virginia team at the tournament).
In yesterday's 36th annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, two young Tandem Friends scientists rose to the top.
Tandem 8th grader Leah Gunnoe placed first in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category with the Stirling engine she designed, which uses heat to create propulsion. Check out pictures of Leah and her design in today's Daily Progress!
8th grader Charlie Vavrik placed second in the Animal Sciences category with his project on Shark Solutions.
Tandem 5th graders have been studying the science of sports, and recently spent a session at Edge Studio participating in one of their ADAPT program training sessions for youth. With teachers Carolena Saunders and Matt Caduff accompanying them, the students worked out with ADAPT leaders, analyzing the science of what their bodies were doing. The ADAPT team shared two hours of their time with the Tandem 5th grade!
To demonstrate support for today's International Women's Day, the women of Tandem Friends School chose not to work for part of the day. An all-school morning meeting featured heartfelt messages from students and faculty, including a letter read by teacher Nancy Hiles-Johnson on behalf of the women at Tandem. A majority of students and staff dressed in red to show support, and the male faculty and staff will lead the end of day activities planned. Please take moment to read the message below, and join us in honoring women today.
Spelling Bee Champion Takes on Regional Round - 7th grader Maisie Fischman, Tandem's spelling bee winner, will compete Saturday, March 4 in the Central Virginia round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The bee takes place at 11am, and is supposed to be televised on channel ABC16. If she wins, Maisie will head to the national bee to represent Tandem Friends. Good luck, Maisie!
The Delaney Athletic Conference announced basketball honorees during the DAC tournament championship on Saturday, and more than a few TFS players made the list. Three varsity girls team members were honored: Senior Kate Dean McKiney and junior Emma Hitchcock were named First Team All-Conference players; junior Tori Carter-Johnston was named a Second Team All-Conference player. Two varsity boys team members were honored: Junior Latrell Winkey (who finished the season ranked was named a First Team and All-Conference Player of the Year; senior Rodes Jarman was named a First Team All-Conference player. Coach Robert Jordan, who has coached the varsity team for three years, was named DAC Coach of the Year.
The varsity boys basketball team clinched both the Delaney Athletic Conference regular season championship, and the DAC tournament championship on Saturday with a stunning last-seconds victory over Quantico in the tourney finals held at Highland School.
Tandem Friends Upper School drama presents Steve Martin's comedy play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The play features a talented cast of Tandem Upper Schoolers and is directed by Upper School drama teacher Perry Medlin. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4 at 7pm, and Sunday, March 5 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be reserved by calling 434-296-1303 x0 or purchased at the door. The Sunday, March 5 performance is a Pay What You Will show.
On Tuesday the 31st of January, Tandem Friends conducted the finals of its Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year, we had the deepest competitor field in memory, with 35 Middle School contestants participating, and 17 making it to the final round. After a long-fought battle between 8th graders Ford Scott, Olivia Bowers, and Austin Chinn, and 7th grader Maisie Fischman, Maisie outlasted everyone to triumph on the word "tabulation," a fitting word on which to win.
Maisie will represent Tandem Friends on Saturday, March 4th at the regional round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at Albemarle High School, a televised event which begins at 11:00am. Austin is our runner-up, so will compete for Tandem if Maisie is unable to attend. Kudos to all of the intrepid contestants!
Tandem Friends competed for the first time last weekend at the Science Olympiad Charlottesville Regional Tournament, held on Saturday, January 28 at Charlottesville High School. Tandem's two inaugural teams, consisting of eleven students in grades 9-12, competed against 14 other teams from six veteran schools (including teams from Charlottesville High School, Oakton High School, and Fairfax High School). Tandem was awarded 5th place overall in its first Science Olympiad competition, and qualifies to compete at the state tournament at UVA on Saturday, March 25.
Participants on Tandem's teams, mentored by science teacher Alex Siragy, earned the following medals at the Charlottesville regional:
1st Place in "Materials Science" - Yuan Dong, Max Benzian
2nd Place in "Tower Building" - Kiley Weeks, Qingyang Fu
3rd Place in "Astronomy" - Levi Shult, Yuan Dong
4th Place in "Remote Sensing" - James Peacock, Nina Johnson
5th Place in "Dynamic Planet" - Nina Johnson, Kiley Weeks
6th Place in "Invasive Species" - Kira Lipson, Meridith Frazee
6th Place in "Tower Building" - Keegan Brunner, Fisher Brodie
Tandem alum Maggie Passino (TFS '13) heads to New Zealand this week as a member of the US international team competing in the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Competition. The competition, held in Invercargill, New Zealand from February 8-11, is literally the Olympics of sheep shearing and woolhandling. Maggie ranked tops in woolhandling at two straight national competitions to earn her spot on the team. Sporting team gear, she flew out yesterday for pre-competition training days.
Yesterday, seven Tandem Friends Upper School students went with teachers Doug Brown and Christine Hirsh-Putnam to Richmond for the General Assembly's 2017 Conservation Lobby Day. They attended a live assembly session regarding changes to freedom of assembly laws, met with Delegate David Toscano, and more.
Tandem Friends alum Hannah James (TFS '11) returns in her starring role in the PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street. Season two premieres on Sunday, January 22 at 8pm on PBS, with Hannah playing Emma Green, a young woman who becomes a Civil War nurse when her family's hotel becomes a Union hospital. Check out a great article on Hannah and Mercy Street in this week's C-ville Weekly!
After conducting a national search and seeking input from our entire community, the Tandem Friends School Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Whitney Thompson as our new Head of School, beginning July 1, 2017.