Patrick Henry High School News – June 8, 2018

By Elizabeth Gillingham | Patrick Henry High School News

Swim and Dive Team making waves

PHHS Swim Team had a great season under the leadership of Coach Charlie Equals and Coach Hector Sanchez. This dynamic duo helped produce great team and individual results taking a few all the way to the State CIF competition!

Boys swim results: Carlson Temple placed third in the 200 IM, and fourth in the 100 Breast. Kevin Harry placed 15th in the 100 Fly. Khang Nguyen placed 15th in the 50 Free. Sean Quirk placed 16th in the 100 Back.

Patrick Henry’s dive team made a splash this season. (Photo courtesy PHHS)

Boys’ relays: 200 medley placed fifth, 200 Free placed seventh and 400 Free placed 12th. (Austin Wenzel, Adam Monroe, Trevor Arellanez, Ian Balcazar, Khang Nguyen, Carlson Temple, Kevin Harry, and Sean Quirk made up the different relays.) Overall, the boys team took sixth place out of 18 teams.

Girls swim results: Ashley Wenzel placed 12th in the 100 Fly. Sarah Harry placed sixth in the 100 Free and 16th in the 50 Free. Girls’ relays: 200 Free placed ninth, 200 medley placed 11th, and 400 Free placed 11th. (Nicole Donahue-Marucheau, Sarah Harry, Shelby Fortune, Ashley Wenzel, Caitlin Quirk, and Ella D’Orio made up the different relays.) Overall, the girls team took 11th place out of 18 teams.

Dive results: Jack Macceca took first place and broke the league record for the second year in a row! Sophia Lewko placed fifth. Madeleine Macceca placed 11th. Emma Yanagihara placed 13th.

Diving: Jack Macceca came in first for diving and will compete at the state championships in Clovis. Madeleine Macceca placed 16th (out of 30). Sophia Lewko placed 19th. Emma Yanagihara placed 28th.
Swimming: Carson Temple placed first in the 200 IM medley and second in the 100 Breast — he lost by only 0.03 seconds. He qualified for state competition, but decided not to compete. Grace Lockwood qualified for state in her 100 and 50 Free and will be attending as a para-swimmer! Sarah Harry placed 13th in her 100 Breast, and 15th in her 100 Free. Girls 200 IM medley placed 16th (Caitlin Quirk, Sarah Harry, Ashley Wenzel and Ella D’Orio). Boys 200 IM medley placed 16th (Sean Quirk, Khang Nguyen, Kevin Harry, and Carlson Temple).

Boys 200 Free Relay placed 11th (Kevin Harry, Khang Nguyen, Ian Balcazar, and Carlson Temple).


NJROTC student pushes Henry to win EDCO Challenge

Every award has a few behind-the-scenes key players that make things happen. Kalani Piotrowski is that person at Henry as she has been working all year to motivate our NJROTC members to volunteer every Thursday after school to help dispose of the classroom commingled recycling. They were focusing on litter for a while, but classroom recycling is back because of her efforts!

Kalani Piotrowski (Courtesy PHHS)

Piotrowski also arranged for JROTC members to work the Rolando Street Fair and the Creek to Bay Clean Up. She has strong leadership skills and a positive attitude. Her team of volunteers varies from week to week. She has to explain the routine every time. Adults can talk the talk, but it is students like her that are making other students on campus change their behaviors for the better.


PHHS recognition is growing

Patrick Henry High School (PHHS) has two prestigious accolades to share with you which should boost your love and appreciation for what we’re doing for your students. U.S. News continues to show us as a top school in California (No. 175) and nationally (No. 997), earning us the Silver Medal once again! They are impressed with the number of students taking APs (55 percent), our passage rate at 77 percent for APs, and our math and reading proficiency scores. Add the list of fancy college acceptance for our seniors (i.e. Harvard, Stanford, Yale, UCLA, Berkley, UCSD, SDSU, etc.), you can see how these results play out in a competitive world.

We also received recognition for being named an Honor Roll School for 2017–2018 by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) for our high achievement and student success. The Honor Roll program, sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. PHHS is one of 1,798 public schools in California to be recognized. The 2017–2018 ERP Honor Roll utilizes public school student achievement data to identify successful schools and districts. Our school stands above others in the state because of our demonstrated ability to get students to grade level achievement and beyond. Schools that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

Here a few important facts about the ERP Honor Roll:

  • It’s the only award given in collaboration with business leaders.
  • It includes graduation and dropout rate data.
  • It establishes a higher bar of performance than any other award.
  • It is conducted by Educational Results Partnership, a nonprofit organization that maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement.

We did not apply for this award — our results led them to us. Because of our accomplishment, we will be featured on the ERP Honor Roll website and a banner has been designed for us to hang proudly at our school.

We are thankful for the hard work of our students and teachers here at Henry High School. This recognition is a testament to the sustained focus on academic results and commitment to student success that our school and parent community have shown over the years. Go Patriots!


Chevron Design Challenge Team wins

Last month, PHHS freshmen Engineer Academy students were invited to the state competition after winning at the local level. PHHS’s team competed against the top 17 teams in the state and won third place. They each received a $200 Amazon gift card and the school got a large crystal trophy (in the shape of a red TSA flag). Congratulations to Kasey Bitter, Olivia Van Houten and Alonzo Robles for representing Henry proudly!


Student of the Month

Student of the Month Clinton Allen (Courtesy PHHS)

Clinton Allen was chosen as our Kiwanis student of the month, not just because of his amazing grades, humor, and athletic abilities but because he always has a positive attitude and outlook on things. He looks at the positive in everyone first; the type of student who sees the glass half full. His smile lights up the room. His willingness to help others and welcoming attitude shines. He does not always pull attention to himself, but has a good presence in the classroom. He is a well-rounded and grounded student.

Allen has been the assistant captain of the Roller Hockey Team for the past two years, he was second in CIF at the state level for surfing, played on the boy’s lacrosse team, and is an amazing Improv Team member (he recently competed at the National Comedy Theatre Improv Festival). He is also our 2017-2018 male scholar-athlete of the year.

Allen is a great leader in Link Crew because of his great energy and wonderful attitude. He helps other students become great leaders and supports students who are struggling. His teachers all believe that he is deserving of this recognition and that he is an all-around amazing student and person to be around.


Save a Life Foundation screens students

The board of directors of the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation thanked Patrick Henry High School for hosting the cardiac screening event last month. Together, more than 100 volunteers screened 566 teens, finding two at risk for sudden cardiac arrest/death and five with previously undiagnosed heart abnormalities. It truly was a lifesaving day.

Next up, they will be in the South Bay on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Mar Vista High School, but that location may be changing. Details can be found on our website, Anyone between the ages of 13-25 can be screened for free. This is a great opportunity to ensure your student can safely participate in sports throughout their high school career and beyond.

Screen Your Teen future dates:

  • Aug. 26 — South Bay
  • Sept. 30 — Mission Hills High School (North County)
  • Nov. 4 — Valhalla High School (East County)
  • Feb. 24 — Coronado High School

— Elizabeth Gillingham is principal of Patrick Henry High School.

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