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Alongside Grosse Pointe Academy Chinese teacher Shanyi Chen are, from left, Jyen-ai Jones, Carly Demkowicz and Rae Anne Woodman. The trio won fi rst place in the third-year division. Photos by Nora Ezop
May 09, 2013
Led by Chinese teacher Shanyi Chen, 15 middle school students from the Grosse Pointe Academy participated in the fifth annual Michigan China Quiz Bowl Saturday, April 13, at L’Anse Creuse North High School.

With science teacher Wendy Jerome are the top four winners from GPA in the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, from left, Sophie Leslie (third place), Lindsay Martin (second place), Ian Homsy (third place), and Karina Minanov (second place).
The Confucius Institute at Wayne State University sponsored the event, which featured quiz bowl-style questions pertaining to Mandarin language learning and Chinese geography. Non-heritage Chinese language learners competed in first- through third-year middle school divisions and first- through fourth-year high school divisions.

Four teams from the Academy competed in the middle school divisions. The team of captain Carly Demkowicz, Jyen-ai Jones and Rae Anne Woodman, all eighth graders, won first place in the third-year division, while captain Gabby Cavataio, Megan McCarren and Hailey McDonald won second place in the same division.

Captain Nicholas Connell, Ian Homsy, James McCuish and Spencer Warezak placed second in the second-year division and captain Adam Kuplicki, Piero Cavataio, Adrian Doan, Brandon Murphy and Winston Wright, all sixth graders, took third place in the first-year division.

“The Michigan China Quiz Bowl has served as an enjoyable venue to motivate, recognize and celebrate Michigan students and their accomplishments,” said John Brender, director of Wayne State’s Confucius Institute. “Last Year, we hosted 262 students from 17 schools, more than tripling the number of participants who joined us five years ago.”

Academy Science

Eighteen seventh graders from Grosse Pointe Academy were awarded sixth place or better in the Junior Division of the 56th Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, held mid-March at the COBO Center in Detroit.

Of the 18 students, two earned gold ribbons for second place and two for third place; three earned blue ribbons for outstanding projects; eight received green ribbons for excellent projects; and three were honorable mentions.

Gold ribbon winners were Lindsey Martin and Karina Minanov for second place and Ian Homsy and Sophie Leslie for third place.

Blue ribbons were given to Brittinie Hughes, Spencer Warezak and Kennedi Cosma.

The following students earned green ribbons: Brad Bixler, Morgan Connell, Nicholas Connell, Alex Johnson, Tate Kuelling, Hannah Lemanski, James McCuish and Tristan Shogren.

Joseph Spica, Charlie Freuhauf and Cameron Turner earned honorable mentions.

More than 1,500 middle school-aged students from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties competed in one of 13 categories in the Junior Division. Projects were scored based on creative ability, scientific thought or engineering goals, thoroughness, skill, clarity and teamwork.

Academy students submitted projects completed during Wendy Jerome’s science class. It’s the Academy’s sixth straight year competing in the event.

The Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit is a nonprofit organization established to give tri-county area students an opportunity to develop and exhibit science fair projects.

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