June 2016 Davidson Academy Prospective Student eNewsletter

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June 2016

  2016 Graduates

Congratulations, Class of 2016! The Davidson Academy’s graduating class of 2016, and their post-secondary plans, are:

  • Juliana Anderson - Colorado School of Mines
  • Taryn Apel - Agnes Scott College
  • Amanda Bak - Dartmouth College
  • Rebecca Bennett - Gap Year
  • Duncan Boren - University of Nevada, Reno
  • Haydn Bradstreet - Harvard University
  • Nadine Chen - Boston University
  • Holly Choma - The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Joseph Chou - University of Washington
  • Noah Conway - University of Nevada, Reno
  • Addison Cram - University of Nevada, Reno
  • Danielle Damon - University of Chicago
  • Harry Fosbinder-Elkins - Princeton University
  • Brad Gephart - California Institute of Technology
  • Lily Hoog - Fry - Gap Year
  • Forrest Karo - Washington State University
  • Erin Miller - Gap Year
  • Connor Novak - Olin College
  • Paul Novak - Rice University
  • Adelaide Oh - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Vandana Ravikumar - University of Southern California
  • Giselle Serate - Harvey Mudd College
  • Angela Shao - Santa Clara University
  • Justin Stevens - Harvey Mudd College
  • Val Zvyagin - University of Chicago
The Davidson Academy faculty and staff are very proud of these graduates and wish each of them the best in their future endeavors. They have made great contributions to the Academy during their time here and will be missed! Read the press release.

Here are additional photos of the graduating class, with more to come next newsletter:



  New Davidson Academy Website!


a screenshot of the Davidson Academy website

We are excited to announce the recent launch of the newly designed Davidson Academy website at www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu! Our goal is to provide visitors with a clear and accurate look at the Davidson Academy admissions process, academics, student life, parent resources, press and more. The redesigned Davidson Institute website at www.DavidsonGifted.org was also recently launched. Any links you had bookmarked on these sites should redirect to that specific page or section on the new site. Take a look around - we hope all visitors enjoy the new look of both sites and find them easy to navigate!


  Davidson Academy Program Updates

The Right Fit for You?

While the deadline to submit applications for the 2016-2017 school year has passed, it is not too early to think about 2017-2018.

At the Davidson Academy, our mission is to offer you advanced educational opportunities designed to specifically serve your needs, interests and goals. In addition, we provide:
  • A Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) that serves as a tool to guide us in meeting your unique needs;
  • A wide range of courses and learning options, including: choices of levels of study to pursue in each of your courses, university courses, and independent study and research opportunities;
  • The opportunity to build friendships, pursue extracurricular activities, contribute to the community and learn with intellectual peers;
  • Access to the intellectual, cultural, athletic resources on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the Reno/Tahoe area and the beauty of the Sierra Mountains.
If you are interested in applying to the Davidson Academy for the 2017-2018 school year, the application will be posted this summer. Please review the Qualification Criteria and How to Apply pages of our website for more information. The Academy is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted middle and high school students who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests. On the Application Review Process page, you will find detailed information about the on-site assessment.


  Student Activities

Davidson Academy Student Selected as Presidential Scholar

Academy student Haydn Bradstreet (pictured with his father, right) has been selected as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar! Each year, 161 of the nation’s top high school graduates are chosen to be U.S. Presidential Scholars and are honored by the White House. These scholars go on to advance the arts, culture, business, education and civic life of the nation. Each Presidential Scholar nominates a teacher for recognition by this program as well. Congratulations to Brett Guisti on being recognized as a Distinguished Teacher!

Students Visit America Matters Media

A number of Davidson Academy students recently visited Reno radio station American Matters Media to discuss their Venture Lab class. The students were lauded for creating innovative business ideas.


Congratulations to the following students:
  • Jason Liu and Derek Chien, members of the Davidson Academy team representing Nevada in the national MATHCOUNTS competition, earned 12th place! Additionally, Jason finished in third place overall and was a semifinalist in the countdown round, while Derek finished in 109th place overall.
  • Academy student Jason Liu became a USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO) winner, earning a top-12 score in the USAJMO competition. He will attend the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) camp and will be a candidate to represent the United States in the International Mathematical Olympiad.
  • Academy student Dhruv Rohatgi earned a Gold Medal for the 2016 U.S. Physics Olympiad (USAPhO)!
  • Academy students John Artley, Nikesh Mishra, Alexander Alvarado and Robert Jeffrey finished in 21st place out of 49 teams at the Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.


  Athletic Accomplishments

Davidson Academy students are able to participate in sports at their local zoned high schools. In the first ever Nevada Sports Awards, two graduated seniors were recognized for their athletic accomplishments:
  • Brad Gephart (pictured, left) - All-North Boys Cross Country
    Brad placed second in the 2016 regional championships. He is also in the Nevada state record books for holding the course records in 2014 for Sunset Park, Las Vegas and 2015 Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno.
  • Connor Novak (center) - All-North Skiing
Throughout her time at the Academy, graduate Juliana Anderson (right) has made the 2015 Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team, was named a 2015 AAU Volleyball Academic All-American, four-time Nevada All-State Academic Team member, three-time All-Sierra League First Team member, and a one-time All-Northern Nevada Region First Team member.



  In the News

Academy student Connor Novak will receive a $2,500 college scholarship as a recipient of the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. Connor plans to major in engineering at Olin College in Massachusetts. Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

A Davidson Academy team of four students recently took part in the National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C., earning the 21st spot overall out of 49 teams at the conference. Earlier this semester, the team placed first in the regional competition, qualifying them for the national competition. The Academy team's performance was the best ever of a team from northern Nevada. (Photo of Alexander Alvarado (right), Davidson Academy Student and WorldQuest team member, courtesy of Nevada Today.) Source: Nevada Today

Academy student Michelle Liu recently submitted an essay for a homeless awareness contest, suggesting better services and tiny homes for locals who are homeless. Source: Reno Gazette-Journal


“Davidson will never stop challenging you and that's what makes it so amazing. The students here are some of the most passionate and bright people I have ever encountered, and every day I find myself learning something new from them . . . There are days when I've had my whole outlook on a subject changed by another student. We're a student body that learns, and experiences, and investigates. I can't imagine myself anywhere but here, and I hope to see you come join us.”

Danielle Damon, Davidson Academy Graduate


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