Our school district has some of the finest sports teams in Ohio. These students receive much-deserved attention and accolades from our community.

Our school district has some of the finest sports teams in Ohio. These students receive much-deserved attention and accolades from our community.

Other groups of students, however, work just as hard, practice just as long and achieve just as much, but rarely receive publicity for their efforts. Our academic teams are some of the most competitive teams in the state and the members of those teams deserve to be recognized. Many academic competitions take place in the spring and, this year, Dublin teams are again excelling in a wide variety of disciplines. I want to use this space to share some of our stellar results from this year's academic competitions and to ask for your continuing support of these outstanding students. These results will be updated on the district's website, www.dublinschools.net, as we move through the spring.

Several Dublin students excelled in this year's Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. From the 12,000 regional entries, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging.

State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence. Dublin Scioto students whose work made it to the state level and are in the top 300 are Alexa Hunt, Alexie Levinski, Chloe Johnson , Jill Howse, Laura Rooney, Nicole Hores, Stephanie Meister and Zeeneth Ameen. Coffman students whose work made it to the state level are Laura Cianca, Kaleigh Gillum, Perna Patel, Portia Peltier and Hope Rhoades. Jerome students are Vanessa Beasley and Takuma Kusumoto. Two Dublin Scioto students placed in the top 25 of this prestigious exhibition. They are Laura Rooney and Katasha Ross. In addition, after the top 300 were chosen, works were selected for display at the governor's office; Marindia Harshaw had artwork chosen for that display while Laila Yameen had her artwork chosen to be displayed at the Department of Education.

Karrer Middle School eight-graders Alec Anand and Julia Shin won the top honors of their grade division in the Kroger statewide art contest held to celebrate Black History Month.

Ashley Dinan, Jaque Flagher, Alexa Hunt and Nina Zalenski of Dublin Scioto had their work accepted to the 'emerging' show at the Dublin Arts Council. Nina's self-portrait won best of show and a cash award for the high school category.

Daniel Park, Maia Woods-Yee and Sophia Brickey of Davis Middle School had art selected for the Central Ohio Art Education Association's Regional Art Exhibition in Columbus

Mathcounts combines the efforts of education, business, government and the technological community to promote math excellence among junior high school students. In February, Karrer, coached by Katy O'Neal, placed first in the team competition that involved 370 students from 52 teams. The Grizzell team, coached by April Lucas, placed fourth. Individually, Roger Jin (Karrer) placed second and Arjun Venkataraman (Davis) placed third in overall top scores. Rohit Joshi (Sells) placed 16th and came in second in the countdown round. At the state competition in March, Arjun placed seventh in the state, Simon Zhuang (Grizzell) placed ninth, Roger placed 23rd and Eric Qiu (Karrer) placed 45th. The Karrer team placed 11th in the state.

Three students from Dublin Jerome, Dylan Liu, Albert Shin and Kevin Zhang, scored high enough on the American Mathematics Competition test to advance to the next level of competition, the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME ). Dylan then advanced to the next round of competition, becoming one of only 500 students in the country, out of 12,000, to advance.
Coffman's math team has participated in multiple competitions this year, finishing 12th in the state in the Ohio Math League Competitions.

Ohio Geography Bee
Arjun Venkataraman (Davis) and Jong Hyun Park (Karrer) qualified as semifinalists in the 2010 Ohio Geographic Bee and competed in Mansfield on April 9.

Power of the Pen is a statewide writing competition. Karrer Middle School hosted the ventral Ohio regional tournament in March featuring 160 writers representing 28 schools. Karrer student Jisoo Hong came in third among all the eight-graders. May Chen of Grizzell finished 15th. Both the seventh-grade team and the eighth-grade team from Karrer came in second place at their respective grade levels. The Karrer team was named the overall No. 1 sweepstakes winner. The Davis Middle School seventh-grade team took first place at the regional competition, after both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams at Davis took first place at the district level.

Kellie Jones and Amanda Brennan of Davis received best of round awards at the regional competition, as did Leslie Boothe of Grizzell. Megan Fitzgerald and Jillian Odoguardi of Sells both advanced to the state level competition.

Members of the "Irish Eye" staff at Scioto took home 30 individual Ohio Scholastic Media Association Awards this year.

Six Dublin schools took home top honors in the Central Ohio Writing Contest sponsored by Dublin PROUD earlier this month. They are: Emily Byron (Scottish Corners), Haley Fitzgerald (Bailey), Aishwarya Murali (Karrer), Sanjana Chidambaram (Karrer), Eric Cheng (Grizzell) and Kevin Xuan (Karrer).

Invention Conventon
Chapman fifth-grader Will Sierzputowski took first place at the event with his invention meant to quiet a noisy pencil sharpener, while fellow Chapman student Kevin Crossland earning second place with his "find-able" golf ball.

Katie Chenevey, Hannah Baker and Emily Hendershott of Scioto placed highly in the Rotary 4 Way Test Speech Contest competition this year. Katie took first place with her speech on "Book Banning," Hannah took second place with her speech on "Pride" and Emily took third place with her speech on "Bullying." Katie then went on to place third in the district competition. Dublin Scioto High School students captured first, second and third place at a statewide Japanese speech contest held at Ohio State in March. Jae Yoon won first, Abdul Quarashi captured second and Siddharta Machiraju took third.

'In the Know'
The Dublin Scioto Quiz Team reached the "Final Four" (semifinals) of the televised WOSU "In the Know" Tournament. The field featured 60 teams statewide.

The Coffman women's symphonic choir and the SSA chorus participated in the OMEA district XV choir contest. The SSA chorus received an excellent rating on the performance stage and a superior rating in the sight reading portion of the event. Women's symhonic received a superior rating on the performance stage and an excellent rating in sight reading. A superior rating is the highest rating possible. The women's symphonic was invited to participate in the MENC "American All-Star Choir" next November. The Dublin Jerome symphonic band and the Dublin Jerome concert band received a rating of superior at the OMEA district adjudicated event on March 6. Dublin Jerome's a cappella and chorale choirs were invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City earlier this month.

Several Dublin students excelled at the Central District Science Day that recently took place at Columbus State.

Sophomore Himanshu Savardekar from Dublin Coffman was selected as an alternate finalist for Intel Science and Engineering Fair, representing the Central Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Several other special awards from science day were earned.

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Two Scioto students were winners in the 2010 Chemistry Olympiad. Laszlo Seress won first place in the second-year division, and advanced to the next round in the National Olympiad. Zeenath Ameen finished in second place in the first-year division.

Destination Imagination
Five Destination Imagination teams from Indian Run participated in a competition in March. Team Zero placed second at the competition and The Constructionaters team placed third.

Deer Run third-grader Maggie Feng, won the national championship in the United States Chess Federation's under-10 years old division of the 2010 National All Girls Chess Tournament. More than 200 girls from around the country competed in the event.
Congratulations to all the members of these teams and groups who admirably represent their school district and community.

David Axner is superintendent of Dublin City Schools.