SJCS Alum places at International Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to MaryAlice Young (SJCS ’16) who participated last week in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ. MaryAlice’s project was entitled: “Using a Computer Program Applied to an Electromagnetic Walking Apparatus to Simulate Earth’s Gravity in Space.”

Each year approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $5 million in prizes at Intel ISEF. The competition focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the world’s next STEM generation.

MaryAlice placed 4th in her category of Robotics and Intelligent Machines winning $500. She also won a full scholarship to Florida Institute of Technology and was awarded 1st Place and $3000 from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

-Reprinted from Bishop Kenny High School Facebook

SJCS Alum crowned 2019-2020 Miss Bishop Kenny

It was a beautiful night at the Miss BK Pageant yesterday. Awards received were Hailey Klein, Miss Congeniality, and Grace McCormick (SJCS Alum ’16), Top Sales. The second runner up went to Dailey Jackson. The Most Photogenic award, Most Service award, and First Runner up was Catherine Giordano. And last, but certainly not least, the Most Talented Award and Best Interview Award went to Mary Elizabeth Shoemaker(SJCS Alum ’16), who was also crowned your 2019-2020 Miss Bishop Kenny!
Congratulations, ladies! 

-Reprinted from Facebook, Bishop Kenny High School (Official Page)

“Tomorrow’s Leaders” Award Recipient

Bishop Kenny High School freshman Jessica Golden (’18), and former San Jose Catholic School student has been selected as one of the High School level recipients of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. Jessica’s MLK Essay was chosen from among 130 entries submitted to the annual writing competition sponsored by the City of Jacksonville in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Arisa Nakamichi, also a Bishop Kenny freshman, was the overall winner and Jean Ribault Sr. High had the second place recipient. Arisa and Jessica will attend the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that will be held at the Prime F. Osborne Convention Center on January 18. The award recipients will receive recognition at the event which is presented by Florida Blue.

Jessica’s central theme was based on the quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Jessica felt personally connected to this topic because she has a close family member who has struggled with substance addiction. Ultimately it has brought her family closer together, but it also encompassed a lot of pain and made her realize the importance of everyday decisions that affect your life.

Jessica, a 9th grade student at BK, has a solid academic schedule and carries a 4.0 GPA. She is active in the Latin club, Interact club, and the Red and White Girls. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and dances fifteen hours a week after school. She currently has 32 service hours working with young dance students. Jessica said, “There will always be temptations in life, and because of my personal experiences, I always try to make conscience decisions regarding my future. I am so thankful that I have found strength through struggle and that my family has stayed strong together and found a path out of the darkness.”

Forbes Magazine Names SJCS Grad one of 30 Under 30

Chris Davlantes (SJCS ‘ 07, BKHS ‘ 11) has been named to the 2019 Forbes Magazine list of 30 Under 30. Each year Forbes identifies a total of 600 entrepreneurs in 20 different industries, Chris is one of the 20 chosen in the category of Energy Sustainability. 

A graduate of MIT, with a double major in electrical and mechanical engineering, Chris is the founder of Reach Labs a company located in Oakland, California that is working to create wireless technology that, as the website describes, “Is the foundation for a new standard of power delivery and distribution.” The website continues, “In a world of growing connectivity, the ability to access continuous and untethered power is critical for optimizing productivity and overall performance. From warehouses to factory floors to hospitals, the potential for game-changing advancements with long-range power is extensive.” 

Not surprisingly, Chris was a successful competitor at local, state and, national science fairs while at BK. As a junior, he was chosen to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. As a senior Chris returned to compete at the Intel event, this time in San Jose, California. He won 4th place in the Energy and Transportation category and an overall 6th place in the entire event.  

Congratulations, Chris! We are all very proud of you.

Reprinted with permission from Bishop Kenny High School website.