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River Hill High School students keep busy until break [Clarksville]

Although the school year is winding down for the holiday break, students at River Hill High School have been busy throughout the month of December. The River Hill band will present a winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. In addition to showcasing the musical talents of high school students, this concert will feature “Future Hawks,” middle school band students who will attend River Hill. Band alumni will also be welcome to play along in the seasonal favorite song, ‘Sleigh Ride.’ Admission to the event is free.

River Hill’s second Authors’ Panel was held on Friday, Dec. 15. The event, which was hosted by the Sapere Aude Chapter of the National English Honor Society, was held to celebrate the talented local students who participated in National Novel Writing Month. The international program encourages students to express themselves through writing. Participants are charged with writing a short novel between 10,000 and 30,000 words in a month’s time in a variety of different genres.

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Featured student authors Catherine Du, senior, Gabby Lewis, junior, and Craig Selbrede, senior, discussed their writings and creative processes during a panel discussion. Selbrede has self-published two novels from past National Novel Writing months, ‘The Valley Chronicles’ and ‘The Valley Chronicles Quest.’ Next, the student authors took questions from attendees and talked about their work in a rotating discussion. The evening concluded with the students conducting readings of their works.

Students participating in the program included Amy Blanchard, junior, 15,000 words; Naomi Hess, senior, 30,000 words; Emily Felber, senior, 30,000 words; Alex Wasilewski, senior, 15,000 words; and Ogenna Umeozulu, senior, 7,000 words. The students are advised by River Hill English teachers Kristin Mitchell and Rachael Schultz.

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Congratulations are in order for two River Hill High School students for winning science awards. Gokul Kannan was selected as a semifinalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search for a project titled “Triggering the Brain to Heal Itself after Traumatic Brain Injury: Where Glia, Anesthesia and Nanomedicine Meet.” William Cao was named a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition, a national competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Cao’s project was recognized out of more than 1,860 projects that were submitted.

The River Hill Parent Teacher Student Association is organizing a different kind of gift giving this holiday season. The PTSA is encouraging students and families to give school staff members a thank you note. While typical tokens of appreciation are nice, the PTSA believes that nothing beats a heart-felt thank you note. An easy online form allows people to recognize staff members—teachers, administrators, para-educators, custodians, cafeteria workers, student services staffers—to share how they make a difference in students’ lives. The thank you notes will be delivered to staff members before winter break.

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