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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

Science Olympiad Team Places Second in Regional Competition

Perkiomen Valley High School's Science Olympiad Team placed second out of 28 teams in the Central Eastern Pennsylvania Competition held in March. Many team members received medals for their work. Medal winners included:

First place
  • Andrew DiSanto and Noah Hong, Rocks and Minerals
  • Max Lin and Will Ye, Astronomy
  • Nikki Chakraborty and Kathleen Wang, Disease Detectives 
  • Phoebe Smith and Nikki Chakraborty, Herpetology
  • Max Lin and Kathleen Wang, Optics
Second place
  • Vian Rosal and Rebekah Kang, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kathleen Wang and Maggie Roop, Helicopters
  • Stephen Bafaloukos and Andrew DiSanto, Mission Possible
  • Andrew DiSanto and Will Ye, Remote Sensing
Third place
  • John Roberts and Max Lin, Materials Science
  • Vian Rosal and Jordan Wenning, Microbe Mission
Fourth Place
  • Tommy Santangelo and Max Lin, Chem Lab
  • Rebekah Kang, Jordan Wenning and Andrew DiSanto, Experimental Design
  • Tommy Santangelo and John Roberts, Fermi Questions
  • Will Ye and Scott Mahon, Forensics
  • Tommy Santangelo and Scott Mahon, Thermodynamics
The team will move on to the state level of competition based on its second place finish. Best of luck to all the students, and to Adviser Jenna McGivney, as they continue competing.

Students Capture Hearts in "Anything Goes"

Perkiomen Valley High School presented the Broadway musical "Anything Goes" at the beginning of April.
“Anything Goes” is a hilarious shipboard romp, full of music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of boy-meets-girl wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores.

The book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse sets the story in 1933 onboard a luxury liner bound for England. The ship is full of zany characters ranging from society elites and businessmen, to a club singer, dancers, con artists and gangsters in a crazy and deceptive pursuit for love and money. The show featured such classic Cole Porter songs as “It’s De-Lovely,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and “Let’s Misbehave.”

Congratulations to the cast and crew for a fantastic performance!

Key Club Coordinates Blood Drive

The Perkiomen Valley High School Key Club organized a blood drive with Miller-Keystone on March 23 and collected 117 units of blood from donors.

The day ran smoothly thanks to social studies teachers, custodians, homeroom teachers, student volunteers, and staff members Judy Morgitan, Pat Fischer, Sherri Verbeke, Jason Eicholtz, Ken Lyons, and Alex Leahy.

Students Perform Well at Montgomery County Computer Competition

Congratulations to the students who placed at the Montgomery County Computer Competition!
  • Veronica Lang received 1st place in the Animation category and has qualified to move onto the state competition.  See Veronica's animtation project "Paradox's Puzzle" below!

  • Marielle Manes received 2nd place in Web Design.

  • Nate Meixell received 2nd place in Digital Movies.
Well done everyone!

Paradox's Puzzle - Animation Short by Veronica Lang

High School Students have Success at Science Fairs

This year, three PV high school students participated in the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and Montgomery County Science Teachers Association (MCSTA) science fairs.  
  • Lillian Miller (9th grade) - First place finish at MCSTA in the area of microbiology and received two special awards for her project.  Second place finish at PJAS.
  • Taja Mazaj (10th grade) - First place finish at MCSTA in the area of environmental science and received a special award for her project.  Second place finish at PJAS.
  • Ryann Piperno (10th grade) - First place finish at MCSTA in the area of  behavioral/psychology and received a special award for her project.  First place finish at PJAS.
All three ladies achieved high enough scores to advance to the Delaware Valley Science Fair in April.  Ryann will also be advancing to states in Penn State in May for her first place finish at PJAS.

A special thanks to Mr. Ryan Dreger for volunteering his time to support these ladies after school each week.

Student Wins Winter Indoor Track State Title

Congratulations to Christina Warren (pictured far left), Indoor State Champion in both the 60m Hurdles and Triple Jump.  

Christina won both events at the Pennsylvania Indoor State Championship meet in February, running 8.48 to win the 60m Hurdles and jumping 40' 10 3/4" to win the triple jump.  Christina also placed 6th in the Long Jump.

Montgomery County Community College 40th Annual Best of High School Art Show


Montgomery County Community College presented their 40th Annual Best of High School Art Show. Over 160 pieces were included in the show from more than 15 districts around the area. Carlie Jimenez (11) won an award for her charcoal self-portrait. The show also featured the work of Jeremy Kohn (10), Bern Ortega (12), Lynzie Marchesani (12), Sana Kewalramani (12), Ellen Feng (11), Erin Lamirande (10), Teagan Schein-Becker (12), and Caitlin Estelle (12). If you're in the Blue Bell area, the show will be up until March 16th in the Fine Art Center Gallery.

Student Wins Logo Design Contest

Perkiomen Valley High School students studying logo design and color theory had the unique opportunity to showcase their creative skills in Mr. Brian Love’s Creative Computing class. Throughout the month of December, students studied different units on color theory, effective logo design, and color’s effect on mood and perception. The culmination of this work was a contest to design the logo for the Perkiomen Valley School District’s upcoming Student Showcase.

Using information about the Student Showcase provided by district administrators, students created custom logos for the Perkiomen Valley Student Showcase. Each student in both sections of Mr. Love’s class submitted original works to the competition. Congratulations to Meghana Sahasrabuddhe, whose design was chosen as the overall winner! Her design emphasizes inclusiveness, originality and effective use of color.

Look for her logo to be used in upcoming promotions of the Student Showcase event scheduled for May.

High School Junior Ranked in Top 10 Nationally for Triple Jump

Perkiomen Valley High School junior Christina Warren recently won the triple jump at a competition in the Virginia Showcase, a national indoor track meet held at Liberty University in Lynchburg. She is ranked in the top 10 in the United States for her event. Christina came to excel and love the triple jump after trying it as a freshman. Previously, she competed in the long jump.

Left to Right: Coach Joe Petsko, Christina Warren

Bringing Some PV Cheer to London

Two Perkiomen Valley High School cheerleaders had the opportunity to march in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) New Year's Day Parade in England.

Eileen Fang, senior, and Gianna Ciliberto, junior, were selected as All-Americans at UCA Pine Forest Camp in August and earned the trip. Eight hundred girls and chaperones from all over the country spent a week touring London, Windsor Castle, Tower of London, Westminster, and Covent Gardens, ending the trip with a performance before thousands of spectators who lined the London streets to watch the parade on New Year's Day. This was the third time Perkiomen Valley cheerleaders and coach Mary Kinkead have travelled to London to participate. Previous trips were made in 2003 and 2015.

Left to Right: Gianna Ciliberto, Eileen Fang

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.