Congratulations to the Advanced Data Analysis students who earned the honor for Valley Christian High School as the “Best Overall High School in the Nation” – two years in a row – by the American Statistical Association.
In the fall, the Advanced Data Analysis class, led by Mrs. Claudia Smith, competed in the Public Health Data Challenge amongst a field of 91 teams made up of 303 students. After analyzing the CDC’s Multiple Cause of Death (Detailed Mortality) data set, each team submitted their recommendations on how local officials should fight the national opioid epidemic.
Students recommended creative and thoughtful solutions for local officials including increasing the availability of naloxone (an opioid overdose reversal drug), opioid agnostic therapy (OAT), increased access to clinics, lower restrictions on cannabis, and closer monitoring of people with opioid prescriptions.
Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury and death in the United States, and it’s up to statisticians and other experts to use their skills to make positive changes in their communities. These incredible teams prove that the future of statistics is in capable hands as they used their data analytics and problem-solving skills to propose steps to mitigate the opioid crisis. Their statistical skills will be a force for positive change for years to come.
Valley Christian High School students received the following awards:
BEST OVERALL TEAM:
Nicholas Chiang, Bobby Daigle, Allison Lam, Janise Liang, Vittal Thirumalai
HONORABLE MENTION, BEST VISUALIZATION:
Preston Chan, Lyon (JJ) Li, Saurav Raghavendra
HONORABLE MENTION, BEST VISUALIZATION:
Anisha Baktha, Sandhya Bellary, Dave Ho, Raunak Singh
HONORABLE MENTION, BEST USE OF EXTERNAL DATA:
Nicholas Chin, Lucy Li, Janet Qian, Tejas Rao
The Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute and the Conservatory of the Arts are excited to announce that both programs will be launching a new three-tiered model of involvement and distinction for high school students in the 2019-20 school year.
Starting with the graduating class of 2023, AMSE and the Conservatory will offer its students a three-tiered program, replacing the current major/minor model used by both programs. This change will allow AMSE and the Conservatory to create more distinct pathways for recognizing the top high achieving students in their respective fields, while also broadening the scope of student involvement.
Current AMSE and Conservatory majors and minors will have the option to continue in the current structure through graduation or transition to the new model in 2019/20. More details will be announced in January 2019.
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to attend a private showing of Ocean Quest. This 45-minute documentary chronicles the journey of Valley Christian’s Junior High and High School Ocean Discovery students as they prepared for and competed in the XPRIZE Global Mapping Challenge in Florida. The team made history as the first group of junior high and high school students ever to make it to the semi-final round of a global XPRIZE challenge. The competition, sponsored by Shell Oil, challenged teams to map the ocean floor, all while competing for $7 million in prize money.
This entertaining short film showcases the ups and downs of the team’s expedition, highlights a groundbreaking collaboration between Academics, Athletics, and the Conservatory of the Arts, and features an original musical score from VCS Alum Yuma Sung (’07). Its message of youthful ambition, innovation, environmental exploration, and creatively overcoming challenges will inspire young and old alike.
This showing is a complimentary, ONE-TIME private event for VCS families and their guests.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Complimentary Refreshments Provided
Contact us to learn more about efforts for widespread distribution of the Ocean Quest documentary.
In March, the AMSE Special Needs Awareness Partnership (SNAP) Club held a Special Needs Awareness Week at VCHS. This week included promoting awareness about physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, and Down syndrome. Throughout the week, high school students watched awareness videos in their third-period class that related to the theme of the day.
The week also featured speakers and special guests. On Monday, Mr. Machado spoke to students about his time as a Special Education teacher and how he used his experiences to found the Football Camp for the Stars Program. On Thursday, guest speaker Brandon Gruber, who has Down syndrome, shared his story about how he was bullied in high school. Brandon spoke about how he stayed strong and was able to change the world around him. On Friday, different volunteer organizations from across the Bay Area came in during lunchtime so that VCS students could sign up and make a difference in the special needs community.
Mr. Machado speaks to students about his experiences with the Special Needs Community.
Ariana Morgan with guest speaker Brandon Gruber.
Hannah Homer and Lexie Wilson pose with one of the posters promoting Special Needs Awareness Week.
Brandon Gruber presents his story to VCHS students with a special message for everyone.
VCHS SNAP Club students show their support for Brandon and the Special Needs Community.