Magnet News: Winter 2019

Blair's 2019 Regeneron STS ScholarsRegeneron Science Talent Search: Three Magnet seniors were named Finalists in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search! (ABC 7 News) They will win an award of at least $25,000 and have an opportunity to win up to $250,000 in March. The students and their projects are:
  • Grace Cai, An Urgency Dependent Quorum Sensing Algorithm for N-Site Selection in Autonomous Swarms
  • Kevin Qian, Heisenberg-Scaling Measurement Protocol for Analytic Functions with Quantum Sensor Networks
  • Daniel Schäffer, Evolutionary Origins of Animal ER Calcium Signaling and a Proposed Role for the Channelopathy Protein Wolframin
Five additional students were recognized as Regeneron STS Scholars, receiving $2,000 scholarships with an additional $2,000 awarded to Blair for each student, totaling $16,000. The students and their projects are:
  • Allison Borton, Developing a Reconfigurable E-Shaped Microstrip Patch Antenna Array
  • Laura Cui, Near-Threshold Doubly Heavy Tetraquark States
  • Naveen Durvasula, A Bayesian Optimization Approach to Estimating Expected Match Time and Organ Quality in Kidney Exchange
  • Steven Qu, Maximizing Social Leverage in Linear Threshold Influence Networks
  • Daniel Zhu, On the Okounkov-Olshanski Formula for the Number of Tableaux of Skew Shapes
Math Team:
Steven Qu at the AMS Who Wants to be a Mathematician competition
Quiz Bowl:
More awards and recognition:
  • Justin Haddad is a nationally ranked fencer who recently won a gold medal at an international under-17 fencing competition in Austria (Bethesda Magazine) (Silver Chips).
  • Kevin Higgs, Ian Rackow, and William Wang won second place in the high school competition at NYU Tandon School of Engineering's 2018 Cybersecurity Awareness Week (@blairmagnet).
  • Dhruv Pai, Marie Brodsky, and Suveena Sreenilayam were members of teams that won the 2018 Congressional App Challenge! Their apps are MCSSL-Helper and Time Flies.
  • Several Blair magnet musicians were named to regional ensembles: Ryan Cho in the All-Eastern Orchestra (@MBHSmusic); Hannah Lee in the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra, and SeYong Park in the All-Eastern Honors Concert Band (@MBHSmusic); Audrey Li in the All-County Sr. Chorus, Dhruv Pai and Carsten Portner in the All-State Jr. Chorus, and Eve Kuo in the All-State Sr. Chorus (@MBHSmusic); Hannah Zhang in the All-State Jr. All-Orchestra and Justin Hung in the All-State Sr. Orchestra (@MBHSmusic); and many others in regional, state, and county honors ensembles (@MBHSmusic).
  • The Science Bowl team finished in second place at the Maryland Science Bowl (@MrPham_at_MBHS).
  • Mr. Stein's Political Statistics Class was recognized for its mathematical model of the 2018 midterm elections (MCPS) (Silver Chips) (Bethesda Magazine).
  • Magnet Arts Night was held on January 18, 2019 (Silver Chips).
  • Ms. Hart won the 2019 Schubert Award from the Chemical Society of Washington, recognizing her as an outstanding teacher of high school chemistry.