Hilltop Hawks Soar!
Hilltop Hawks in first through eighth grade have the opportunity to test their mettle against their classmates, other area schools, and even internationally through a variety of competitive opportunities.
Battle of the Books has been a staple of the Hilltop experience, and for the first time in the history of the competition, a perfect score was awarded. Our fourth grade team (Rupa Pasunuri, Julien Riera, Kelsey Chamberlain, Kaeya Patel, Will Chadwick, Olivia Hessler, Cameron Clifford, SJ Gekht and Alex Easter) brought home the first place trophy and the honor of a perfect score!
The Upper School Geography Bee sponsored by National Geographic challenges fifth through eighth grade students on their knowledge of the world. The 2019 school champion was David Sacks ’19, and Sebastian Clifford ’20 was hot on his heels in second place.
In 2018, Hilltop was selected as a host site for the International Math Kangaroo competition, and the turnout has grown each year. Students in first through eighth grade compete on a challenging test which has a focus on word problems and logic. MathCounts is another math competition offered in the upper school, and students who enroll in the National MathClub all participate in the exam. For the last five years running, Hilltop has achieved “gold level” status in the National Math Club program.
Writing across the curriculum is a hallmark of the upper school curriculum. Each year students participate in an essay competition sponsored by The Daughters of the American Revolution. Last year Hilltop swept the regional competition and Andrew Antunes ’19 advanced to win third place in the entire state. The class of 2022 had an excellent showing in the Young Writers competition and stories by Gianna Terranova, Sophie Schaeffner, Graham Iussig, and James Brugna will be published in an upcoming anthology.
The Technology Student Association and the Upper School Science Olympics give students a chance to compete in the STEM arena. Sophie Schaeffner ’22 took home a second place trophy in the state level competition for structural engineering, and at the leadership summit, the TSA officer team took second place in the state on their collaborative design challenge. Congratulations to our team pictured above: Advisor Mr. D’Amico, Ben Janiszewski ’21, Sophie Schaeffner ’22, Aroosh Patel ’21, James Brugna ’22, Michael Marsico ’22, and Antonia Miragliotta ’23.
“When you combine a dynamic group of students and an outstanding curriculum, you get impressive results like these,” said Head of School Laura McGee. “I am so proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by our students!”