Tuesday, November 27, 2012

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Debate Highlights


Fairmont Preparatory Academy's debate program is picking up steam under the leadership of Dr. Matthew Brandstetter, our Dean of Academics. The team has excelled in competition this semester, earning numerous awards, including: 

  • 2012 Novice Championship 
    • 4th Place in the School Sweepstakes 
    • 1st Place in Parliamentary Debate - Milan M. and Nicholas P. (undefeated record) 
    • 1st Place in National Extemporaneous - Kayla B.
  • CSUF High School Speech and Debate Tournament 
    • Semi-Finalists in Novice Parliamentary Debate - Nakul M. and Nathaly B. 
    • 5th Place Speaker Award Novice Parliamentary - Nakul M. 
    • 7th Place Speaker Award Varsity Parliamentary - Kayla B. 
  • High School Public Debate Program Tournament  
    • 3rd Place - School Tournament Award 
    • 2nd Place - School Overall Percentage of Debate Awards Won
    • 1st Place Team Debate - Austin K., Jessica C., Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place Speaker Award - Austin K. 
    • 2nd Place Speaker Award - Kayla B. 
  • Orange County Speech League Varsity Competition 
    • 1st Place in Extemporaneous Speaking - Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place in Public Forum Debate - Jessica C. and Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place Speaker Award - Austin K. 
    • 3rd Place in School Sweepstakes and Debate Division 

Interested in joining? Just in case the team's winning streak isn't enough encouragement, here are some excellent benefits of participating in debate:  

  • Speech and debate students have a significant edge in college admissions.
  • Speech and debate participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas:
    • Improving reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills
    • Improving critical thinking skills
    • Fostering intellectual curiosity
    • Increasing motivation
    • Increasing engagement
  • Consider the people who began as student members of the National Forensic League: Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Samuel Alito; media visionaries Oprah Winfrey and Ted Turner; actors Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger; TV personalities Stephen Colbert and Tom Lennon; and Senators Richard Lugar, Russ Feingold, and William Frist, to name a few!

For more information, contact Dr. Brandstetter at mbrandstetter@fairmontschools.com.


-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ACADEMICS: PSAT Testing


On October 17, all Sophomores and Juniors took the PSAT test. Although this test does not directly apply to students until Junior year, the Sophomores had the opportunity to practice with PSAT. On the other hand, this test is very important to the Juniors. The Preliminary SAT/ National Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is sponsored by College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, allows students to compete for recognition and possibly earn scholarships. In this National Merit Scholarship Competition, participants who qualify for recognition are entered into the competition, and depending on their score on the test, they may become finalists or scholarship winners. A total of 9,600 Scholarships are offered to high school students. This is a great opportunity for all high school students, and we hope our Huskies did well on the test! 

-Contributed by Ashely K., Class of 2014

(Image via Oak Park High School

Thursday, November 15, 2012

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Buddy Walk




On November 4th, Fairmont Prep students joined the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) for the Buddy Walk at Angel’s Stadium.  DSAOC is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Orange County Down Syndrome population and their families.  The Buddy Walk has become the premier advocacy event for Down Syndrome in the United States since 1995. During the event, Fairmont students were able to join other participants.  Live entertainment on the main stage included a band and reptile and wildlife presentations. Participants were able to purchase cotton candy, shaved ice, desserts and delicious food.

          
Fairmont students have been attending the Buddy Walk for several years and enjoyed this meaningful project to give back to the community. They were able to meet students from other schools and got to know individuals with Down Syndrome.  I encourage all Prep students to participate in the Buddy Walk next year!

-Contributed by Shawn P., Class of 2013

Thursday, November 8, 2012

ATHLETICS: Fairmont Family Night Football Game


On Saturday Sept. 22, 2012 Fairmont families from every campus came together to watch our Husky football team play Western Christian. Even though our Huskies didn’t come out with a win, the night was one you wouldn’t want to miss. The event kicked off with the Historic Anaheim, North Tustin and Anaheim Hills Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students singing the National Anthem. They were oh so adorable!

The Husky cheer team along with the North Tustin junior high cheerleaders cheered on the sidelines through out the game. At half-time, the junior high football teams from Historic Anaheim, North Tustin and Anaheim Hills showed their talent in the annual punt, pass, and kick contest. Through out the game, a bounce house, face painting, and balloon artist were on hand to entertain the little ones. The Sophomore Class ASB sold  delicious smoothies as well as other refreshing snacks. There something special for everyone to enjoy, and it was a blast!

-Contributed by Skylar H., Class of 2015

Thursday, November 1, 2012

ACADEMICS: Engineering Magnet



Fairmont Prep Academy has tremendous student success in math and science. Consistently over the last few years, the College Board and the Siemens Corporation have recognized Fairmont Prep as being one of the top math, science, and technology schools in California. This success led to the creation of the Engineering Magnet Program, which is designed to prepare motivated students to succeed at highly-regarded engineering colleges and applied science programs.

In our Engineering Magnet Program, students can earn up to 25 semester units of university credit by taking Fairmont engineering and math courses. Through our partnerships with University of Arizona and California State University at Fullerton, Fairmont offers seven actual college courses on the Prep campus. The engineering coursework is supplemented by guest speakers, field trips, and internships (including Boeing) to give students an appreciation and a comprehensive understanding of the engineering world.

Recently, our Engineering Magnet students traveled to Pasadena for the AIAA Space Exposition and Conference hosted by the AIAA and Northrup Grumman. Upon arrival, students were treated to a tour of the exposition floor by a JPL engineer. They visited exhibits hosted by top aerospace and aeronautic companies including NASA/JPL, US Department of Commerce, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and ATK. After touring the exhibits (and receiving many gifts) the students ate lunch and informally chatted with professional engineers about their work. After lunch, a guest speaker from NASA/JPL spoke to the students about the various things they do and specifically discussed Curiousity, the latest Mars Rover. Finally, a panel of experts from a variety of fields and companies, including Scott Willoughby, vice president and program manager of the James Webb Space Telescope, spoke to the students and answered their questions regarding what they do and their advice for students interested in pursuing engineering.

Read more about our Engineering Magnet students and their recent activities in their Fall Newsletter

-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools