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See below for photos and articles about what's going on in our school. The monthly edition of Perk E. Mail also contains news from our school - be sure to check it out on the Community Relations page

PVHS Speech & Debate Team participates in National competition

The PVHS Speech & Debate Team had a solid performance at the Princeton University Classic National Tournament, held from December 1 – 3, 2017 in Princeton, NJ. A total of 15 PVHS students competed. Congratulations to PVHS juniors, Milan Chandy and Noah Shaheen who had a fantastic performance, breaking out of a pool of 135 competitors from across the US and receiving awards as semi-finalists in Congressional Debate – a first for PV at Princeton.

Left to Right: PVHS Speech & Debate Team, Noah Shaheen, Milan Chandy

High School Raises Over $4,000 for Hurricane Relief

Perkiomen Valley High School held a "Battle of the Classes" Hurricane Relief fundraiser in September where each class attempted to raise the most money and in the process generated over $4,000 for hurricane victims.

Donations were collected in homerooms every day, and were used to purchase gift cards that were sent to the Houston Independent School District (Houston, TX) and the Monroe County School District (Key West, FL) for distribution to needy students and their families.

The final results are amazing. Students raised $4,475, which was used to purchase 89 $25 gift cards for each of the schools to use at stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Kmart, and Lowes. Teacher Abby Martins, who helped organize the drive, was excited to see the results.

"I could not be prouder of our students," she said.

Left to Right: Mrs. Abby Martins, Alex Brodetsky, Anna Chandler, Emily Boesler, Destiny Barkley, Stephanie Coleman, Hannah Bao, Mr. Ken Lyons

Students Represent PV at National Debate Tournament

The Perkiomen Valley High School Viking Speech and Debate Team started their 2017-18 season kick-off at the Yale Invitational Tournament in New Haven, CT from Sept. 15 – 17.

Three juniors - Prem Ganesh, Milan Chandy and Noah Shaheen - competed in Congressional Debate, which included over 1,500 students from across the country. This was the first time PV was represented at Yale.

Widely recognized as a premier annual national tournament, the competition provided students with a remarkable opportunity to showcase their talent and further enhance their skills.

The Viking Speech & Debate Team is thankful to Mr. Garreth Heidt, PVHS Gifted & Honors English teacher, for his remarkable leadership for over 30 years as coach/moderator. Welcome Dr. Ira Gelman, PVHS AP Psychology teacher, who is the new Head Coach for the Viking Speech and Debate Team and Mr. Eric Brasch, the new assistant coach.

Left to right: Prem Ganesh, Milan Chandy, Below: Noah Shaheen

PVHS Key Club Holds Food Drive

The Perkiomen Valley High School Key Club organized a food drive to benefit the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry in Collegeville.  They collected and delivered over 563 pounds of food and personal care products.

Great job Key Club!

Left to right: Abbie Cooper, Samantha Turley, Elizabeth Land, Mio Bayon, Maddie Cooper, and Mrs. Alex Herr

PVHS Students named as National Merit Semi-Finalists

Four PVHS seniors have been named as National Merit Semi-Finalists: Michael Kelley, Adam LaSpina, Thomas Santangelo and Kathleen Wang. 

Each year the National Merit Scholarship Corporation hosts a competition for the top students in the nation. 50,000 students nationwide are entered into the contest based on the PSAT scores from their junior year. A field of 16,000 semi-finalists are then chosen. Semi-finalists will compete for one of 15,000 finalist spots and 7,500 of the finalists will be named Merit Scholars as well as receive a scholarship. 

Congratulations and best of luck to our Semi-finalists.

Left to Right: Mrs. Cyndi Moss, Adam LaSpina, Kathleen Wang, Thomas Santangelo, Michael Kelley

Students Perform with Chester County Pops

Perkiomen Valley High School string students had the opportunity to perform with the Chester County Pops Orchestra this July along with Perkiomen Valley Middle School East teacher, Liz Shafman.

Riley Berrodin (10th grade) on bass, Aiyana Homas (9th grade) on violin, and Hannah Morris (11th grade) on violin were three of 16 students who were selected to perform with the orchestra, which is comprised of 65 talented and dedicated musicians from all over the county. Students are selected by the director, Joseph Gehring, based on a nomination by their string teacher and an audition application.

Riley, Aiyana, and Hannah represented Perkiomen Valley with professionalism, grace, and a wonderful musical spirit. This was their first time being exposed to the professional orchestral repertoire - an experience that will stay with them for a lifetime. The musicians of the Chester County Pops became very fond of them.

"For me, it was an honor to rehearse and perform alongside these string students, whom I had the fortune of working with at Middle School East over the years," said Ms. Shafman.

Left to Right: Riley Berrodin, Ms. Liz Shafman, Aiyana Homas, and Hannah Morris.

Student Continues Science Competition Triumphs

Perkiomen Valley High School student Lillian Miller continues to receive accolades for her scientific studies, this time by being named one of the top 300 MASTERS in the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public.

This honor places her among a select group of 300 MASTERS named from over 6,000 nominees throughout the United States. Last year, Lillian won several honors at regional competitions for middle school students for her study of "Microfiber Pollution and Microbial Environments".

The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place on Sept. 20 when 30 finalists will be selected from the top 300 MASTERS. Finalists and one parent or guardian will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week competition in October. Finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes.