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Junior Zach Levine competed in the U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad on April 26-27. Zach was one of about 300 high school students in the United States selected to compete in this prestigious event. USAMO winners compete for spots on the six-person U.S.A .Team, which competes internationally against the very best math students from China, Russia, Japan and about 50 others countries around the world.

Three ETHS students were winners in the Freshman/Sophomore category of the 2010 Mental Health Association of the North Shore (MHANS) High School Essay Contest: first prize ($600) – Nasreen Rahmani; second prize ($300) – Jenny Rees; and honorable mention ($50) – Mary Gilmore. Ninety-three students from 12 different schools entered the contest.

Freshman Kim Myro Santos will be the first winner of the newly created Ron Sellke Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship for an ETHS student with financial need to attend a session of Equinox, the summer gifted program of Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University. Students from around the world attend this fast-paced, three-week program advanced classes. The students must be in the 95th percentile and up to qualify for the program.

The ETHS Math Team took seventh place overall at the State Math Contest May 1-2 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Special recognition went to the eight-place freshmen written team, the third-place sophomore written team, the fifth-place senior written team, the eighth-place junior/senior eight-person team; the fifth-place calculator team, the fourth-place freshman/sophomore two-person team of Elliot Chanen and Sam Sagan and the fifth-place junior/senior two-person team of Zach Levine and Judah Schvimer.

ETHS sophomore Fiona West is the first-place winner of the 2010 National Bridge Building Competition. She bested 50 winners, who attended the final competition in Philadelphia after winning in 26 regional high-school competitions closer to home. Fiona is the first ETHS student to win the finals event. She earned her spot by winning the North Suburban Regional in January at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Official basswood supplied by the competition organizers (IIT Chicago) that was treated with a yellow dye must be used for the final bridge entry. The bridges are then examined during registration under a black light for a secret fluorescent tracer. Also the bridges are rigorously tested to ensure they are within rule specifications and are given a final inspection by the chief judge to ensure no hidden materials ahve been used. Fiona was awarded a $15,000/year scholarship (if she accepts an undergraduate offer from IIT in the future) and an Apple iPad. Her unique, elegant bridge design took around 200 hours of rigorous trial and error before she arrived at her final entry. This was her first attempt at a bridge competition.

ETHS junior Sean Lavelle has been accepted into a program called the Student Conservation Agency (SCA) National Conservation Crew Program for 2010. From June 10-July 14, Sean and other students will work at Seedskadee, a national wildlife refuge in Wyoming under the jurisdiction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Crew members will be primarily responsible for improving approximately 29 miles of refuge boundary fence for passage by migrating Pronghorn antelope. This will be done by raising the bottom wire of the fence to a height that will allow the animal to crawl under the fence. After the fence project is complete, depending on the remaining time left in the crew’s stay, the crew will be given several other projects that may include administrative work-site clean up, painting the main headquarters building, and a small fish habitat project that will provide habitat for smaller fish to survive in the rivier during the winter.