From local to state to international: a year of extracurricular triumphs

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Claire Meng, Reporter

Model UN:

In November, freshman Christopher Cao won Best Delegate and sophomore Ons Chaieb won Outstanding Delegate at PACMUN.

In February, senior Mahima Uliyar won Outstanding Delegate at SeattleMUN. Senior Meraj Naqi was awarded Best Delegate, sophomore Emily Mo received Outstanding Delegate and freshman Rayan Rizwan received an Honorable Mention. 

“It was a great feeling,” said Naqi. “It was my last conference ever of my high school career, and I’d never won an award. So it was a great feeling to do it in my last conference.”

Naqi joined MUN in his freshman year with a couple of friends because he liked to debate. He said he made a lot of friends through MUN and had a lot of fun staffing conferences this year.

“MUN really taught me public speaking,” said Naqi. “I was really bad at public speaking in my freshman year; I think I got a lot better. I learned to get out of my comfort zone, be less shy. And I think that’s something that you can use in whatever career you choose to go into.”

Music:

On March 12, at the Western Washington University State Orchestra Festival, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra both won the gold award in their divisions. 

At the Northlake Region contests, Sinfonia Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble all won superior ratings. Wind Ensemble was awarded a superior rating at the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational Band Festival.

This year, junior Eric Schindler won first place at state Solo and Ensemble for cello and first place at the Concerto Playoff Concert for the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE). He was also a winner in the Concerto Division of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and a finalist for the 2022 KING FM Young Artist Award. 

“I really like competing. It’s really fun, striving to push as hard as possible and play your best,” said Schindler. “I really feel really happy because it’s a reassurance that all the hard work is paying off.”

Next year, Schindler plans to continue to compete, possibly internationally. He wants to major in Music Performance and make it his career. 

“I was basically at the brink of either two things: engineering or music, and I was thinking of possibly double majoring,” he said. “But that’s really hard to do because they’re two completely different things. So I went with what I really enjoyed to do.”

DECA:

This year, 15 Inglemoor students qualified for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which took place in Atlanta, Georgia.

At ICDC, senior Sammie Hong placed top 10 in Marketing Communications and senior Kellen Hoard placed top 20 in the same category. 

“I was really excited!” said Hong. “I feel like the hard work paid off and also the help of my mentors really helped me to succeed.” 

Hong joined DECA in freshman year and became a mentor in junior year. She said she enjoys getting to know a lot of people.

“I definitely hope that I’ve helped to make this a welcoming environment for many of our members and also that I’ve helped others to enjoy DECA as much as I have.” 

HOSA:

HOSA is a competitive club for students interested in the medical field. This year, a team consisting of sophomores Arrth Mittal, Bennett Ye and Albert Du won first place for Biomedical Debate at state, and qualified for the International Leadership Conference that will take place June 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee. A team of juniors, Rebecca Stephenson and LeAnn Okinaka, took second place at state for CPR/First Aid and will also attend the conference.

Ye joined HOSA freshman year because he wants to go into neuroscience. He said his team competed in the same event last year but did not do very well, so they held many meetings where they debated and practiced in preparation. 

“I think the first emotion was just ‘did that really happen?’ I think the first few minutes after that was just disbelief.”

TSA:

The Technological Students Association (TSA) is sending three students to the national conference taking place June 26-30 in Dallas, Texas. Junior Ishita Jain took third place in Data Science & Analytics and won first place for Future Technology Teacher at state. Junior Siddharth Saraf was state champion for Webmaster, and sophomore Rishi Roy took second place in CAD 3D Engineering. 

Jain started TSA in sophomore year after she decided she wanted to go into technology. She says she has been coding since seventh grade and is really interested in data science.

“I didn’t expect first place, which I was super proud of,” said Jain about her technology teacher award. “But the thing I was really proud of was data science; I wasn’t sure I was gonna get it, and when I did, I was just so happy and excited. Because it’s something, like I mentioned, that I wanted to do.” 

Drama:

At the Washington State Thespian Festival this year, the drama team’s production of Clue was awarded a superior score and Best of Festival. At the same festival, sophomore Aylin Dutt was awarded superior performance by an individual in an ensemble show. 

“I’m so proud of the actors. I think that show’s really fun,” said junior Bren Bartol, next year’s president of drama club. “I’m really impressed with the characters they’ve made and how they brought that story to life.”

The drama team also received the Gold Honor Troupe award from the International Thespian Society. They placed third out of 112 schools in Washington state that submitted their troupe for consideration. In June, at the International Thespian Conference, the team will find out their national ranking.