2017-2018 Updates
    (Gifted Website updated 9-22-2017)

    • Recently added pages:

    • GMO Innovation Video (15 seconds - 30 seconds- max) Contest.- If you could use biotechnology to solve any food problem around the world, what would it be and why?
      $500 PrizeDue: 10-34-17 (Updated 9-22-17)

    • 2018 Scholastic Medalist Art & Writing Contest -Calling all creative studetnts.
      Due 12-07-2017 (29 Different Categories - including Paint, Photography, Game Design ($5.00 Entry Fee- Waivers are available) (Due: 12-07-2017) (Updated 09-22-2017)

    • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 we are scheduled to compete in the WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage.
    • Thursday, September 21, 2017 starts the Annual September Trivia Challenge. Please stop in the Gifted Room to take the challenge
    • Attention Artists and History Enthusiasts: “The Geography of Civil Rights Movements” Postcard Contest, Win $50 Gift Card, Due before October 27, 2017. (Updated 9-18-18)

    • United States Senate Youth Program (USSYR)-- Only for 11th and 12th graders, Win a Trip to Washington, DC and $10,000
      Must be able to travel- March 3-10, 2018. Due 12-01-17 (Upd. 09-13-2017)

    • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for Volunteering , Win $1,000 and a trip Washington, D.C. Due 11-07-2017 (Upd. 09-13-2017)

    • Library of Congress "Letters About Literature" Reflective Essay, Top Prize $1,000 Due 1-12-18 (Updated 9-13-17)

    • Fall Creative Communications Poetry Contrest $25.00 Top Prize Due 12-06-17 (Updated 9-13-18)
    • Questbridge Scholarship for students in financial need
    • Renaissance Faire:
    •          Advertising Display Contest
    •          Creative Writing Short Story Contest 
    •          Photo Journalist Contest
    •          Lord & Lady Knighting Ceremony
    • 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge
    • American Freedom Essay Contest
    • Young Arts National Arts Competition
    • VFW- Voice of Democracy Contest
    • DNA Day Essay Contest
    • National World War II Essay Contest (Updated 9-12-17)

    2018 Sony World Youth Photography Contest,
    Open to ages 12-19, Free Contest,
    Amazing Prize: Flights and accommodation to awards in London /
    Sony digital imaging equipment / 
    Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London  

    Due January 4, 2018, (Updated June 2, 2017)
    Aspiring Writer's Camp at King's College 

    June 21-23, 2017
    Only $65.00 includes lunch and snacks
    (Updated 5-31-2017)
    Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program-

    University of Scranton- Day Camp (For Girls Only). Students must provide their own transportation. 
    Apply for a scholarship. (Updated 5-16-17)

    What Makes A Genius?

    (link to the National Geographic Article, May 2017)
    (Updated May 11, 2017)

    2017 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest
    Share your environmentally-themed short film.
    Due: 6-9-17 (Updated 5-10-17)
    FYI: What do doctors get paid?
    (See the article on the left column of the gifted website).
    (Updated 5-5-17)

    Teen Jeopardy Link to Practice Test,
    Teen Jeopardy Selections are held in February.

    Information on applying to Jeopardy (Updated 5-4-17)
    Reminder: WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage TV Show is tonight (5-4-17 at 7:00 pm) 
    Hazleton Area High School would like to congratulate our Scholastic Scrimmage team for competing in WVIA’s Scholastic Scrimmage tournament! 
    Tonight, you will see Hazleton Area High School competing against Hanover Area High School. Best of luck to our team: which includes  Nick Vitagliano, Dario D’Amato, Charles Lanum, Ciara Bannon, Jorge Tirado and Carl McHugh, 
    If you can’t watch the game when it premieres you can watch it the following day at wvia.org where it will be available on-demand. (Updated 5-4-17)

    Smithsonian Photo Contest (for 18 year olds +) No Fees. Grand Prize $2,500, 6 Categories. Due 11/30/2017 (Updated 5-3-17)

    James Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists
    (Photo or Video)
    Students, show off your photojournalism skills.
    (Enter Digital Photos (only 5 pictures) or
    Video – no longer than 3 minutes)

    (Open to 10th Grader +)
    ***Student must have finished one year of high school
    Prizes 5- $2,500 Scholarship
    Due November 15th, 2017
    (Updated 5-3-17)

    James Cox Foundation Contest Deadline is November 15, 2017; Freshmen will be eligible to enter this contest in one month.
    (Updated 5-3-17)

     Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) 

    Education Foundation Video Contest
    Why do you think the patent system is important? Length: 60 Seconds or less
    Prize $5,000 Scholarship   Open to 13+  Judged by Public Vote
    Due: July 1, 2017 (Updated 5-3-17)

    SAT PREP COURSE- offered at PSU Hazleton Campus 

    Course Dates/Times

    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    August 22 through October 5, 2017
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Course Fee
    $350 (includes books/materials)

    Four parts: Reading, writing and language, math and optional SAT essay

    Penn State Hazleton
    Soccer (Boys/Girls) Basketball, etc. SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS

    (updatd 4-28-17)

    Civic Life Youth Film Challenge 6-8-minutes
    Cash Prizes of $500 and $250

    An exciting new youth festival
    about citizen engagement.
    The Film should be an
    unbiased exploration of a national or local civic issue
    Due 5-31-17 (Updated 4-27-17)


    Eckley Miner’s Village Archaeological Dig- Summer of 2017 will be held from June 19 to June 30, 2017.


    This is a free mentoring program.
    (Updated 4-26-17).


    Deadline EXTENDED to  April 26, 2017 (Updated 4-24-17)
    Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) (Film Contest - 5 minutes or less)

    Win $250  Due July 21st, 2017 (Updated 4-19-17_  

    Public Speaker wanted for the
    Elk's Memorial Day Presentation. Need 2 students
    Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Updated April 12, 2017)
    IEEmadc.org App Contest for more information visit:
    Please visit the student link in the left column on the Gifted Website  Must ask permission to participate.
    Education and Idea stage ends Deadline April 30, 2017,
    (Updated 4-7-17)
    Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild Contest 2017 
    You can enter a: 
    Song or Dance Video, Poem, Essay, Photo, Mixed Media, or Artwork

    Students can work individually or in a team of two
    (Rachel Carson - was a famous biologist and environmentalist)
    Due November 10, 2017 (Updated 4-7-17)


    Creative Communication Poetry Contest 

    has been extended until April 21, 2017 (Updated 4-7-17)

    Reminder--Science without Borders® Art Challenge
    Due: April 24, 2017 Prizes: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $350,  3rd Place: $200The theme for the 2017 Science without Borders® Challenge is “Reef SuperSpecies.” For this year’s Challenge, use your imagination to create a piece of art that illustrates a made-up Reef SuperSpecies. A Reef SuperSpecies is an organism (plant or animal) that has found a way to adapt to a deadly threat facing coral reef ecosystems. You can make up an organism or base your organism off of an already existing reef organism. The deadline is Monday, April 24, 2017 by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time). Contest Rules and FAQ (More information is on the Gifted Website on the left column)

    Albert Einstein's quote
    Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
    Video Contest (Prize Pool, $100,000)
    Create 1 to 8-minute Short Film
    (Short Deadline)
    Due April 10, 2017 (Updated April 5, 2017)

    The Shine After School Program for Children
    is looking for High School Students
    to Volunteer (Updated 4-4-2017

    Story MAP, Web App, or Presentation  
    Alliance for Geographic Education  Challenge
    Registration has been extended until 4-10-17,
    Project due 4-20-17 (Updated 3-30-17)
    Online Courses 
    Geospatial Technology
    (5 different classes are being offered)
    Earn college credits while still in high school
    (Dual Enrollment) (Updated 3-29-17

    District Magistrate O'Donnell is visiting HAAS on 3-29-17 at 9:30 am. Please sign-up in the main office if you are interested in attending this presentation.  If you attend this presentation please let me know.

    Congressional Art Competition is now open
    Submission Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

    Entry forms may be obtained on the Gifted Website: 
    This year's contest does not have a theme
    Artwork needs to be delivered to:
    Congressman Lou Barletta's office 
     1 South Church Street Suite 100,
     Hazleton, PA 18201
    (Updated 3-22-17)

    Attention Gifted Students,
    I have just been notified by Congressman Lou Barletta's aid,
    the congressman's office  will not be participating in the
    Congressional App Contest this year (Updated March 22, 2017)
    $1,000 prize, teams must register online
    Due May 1, 2017, (Updated 3-20-17) 

    2017 National Wildlife® Photo Contest
    (Entry fee)

    Due March 20, 2017 (Updated 3-14-17)
    Smithsonian Teen Portrait Contest
    Contest is Delayed
    It will start approximately the Second Week of March,  2017
    Details about the contest will be released soon. 
    (Updated 3-3-17) 
    Ocean Awareness Contest 2017
    (Art, Poetry, Prose, Film, Reflection)

    Due 6-19-17 (Updated 2-24-17)

    Smithsonian Teen Portrait Contest
    Starts March 1, 2017
    Details about the contest will be released on 3-1-17. 
    (Updated 2-24-17)

    Age of Revolution Essay Contest
    Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Organization
    $1,000 Prize Due: April 3, 2017 (Updated 2-21-17)
    American Civil War Essay Contest,
    sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Organization
    $1,000 prize
    Due February 27, 2017 (Short Deadline)
    (Updated 2-21-17)

    Attention Parents- an Important Reminder:
    Next Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6:00-7:00 pm
    Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education
     is having its first local meeting at the Hazleton Area Career Center, Parents are invited to attend.

         "Looking Forward FREE College and Career Day at Luzerne County Community College, various colleges are participating in this event.
    Designed for: High School and Middle School Students (Grades 8-12) When: Saturday, March 11, 2017    
    Sessions From: 9 am - 3 pm 
    Where: Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) 
    Registration: The "Looking Forward" registration can be accessed directly at: http://www.liu18.org/index.php/lfregistration. 
    (If you are planning to attend this informational seminar, please register.)

    Important Reminder (Time Sensitive) The 11th Grade PSAT will be given on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The cost of the test is $15.00.  Registration starts Tuesday, February 21, 2017 there is limited space. Participation is on a first come basis. Cash or Check will be accepted. Students that are interested need to see Mrs. Hopkins ASAP. 


    Patent & License Your Invention @Invention Home,
    information page created (2-16-17)

    HERLead Fellowship (formerly ANNPower)-
    a leadership program for 11th and 12th grade girls-
    (NYC - Trip June 19-22, 2017)  
    Learn from inspiring women leaders from around the world. Also, win a grant to help put your project into action.
    This is an amazing opportunity.
     Due 3-18-17 (Updated 2-16-17)

    WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage tentative TV dates are:

    THURSDAY, MAY 4TH - Show #1222 –

    THURSDAY, MAY 11TH - Show #1226 –

    “Looking Forward (FREE) Academic/Career Planning Day
    for Students (grades 8-12) and their Parents
    Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9 am - 3 pm at
    Luzerne County Community College
    Student Workshops and Parent Workshops will be offered
    To register:

    • Good News- MathCON 2017 starts today.

      It is a 45 minute/45 questions (multiple choices) online challenge. The questions on the test are geared for each grade 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

      It is highly recommended that students study the practice test. In the past the practice test was very similar to the online test.

      Please visit the MathCON website to take the practice math tests in order to prepare for MathCON 2017:

      username: mathcon2017 
      password: mathcon2017



    Box  of Light (Live Action or Animated ) Film Festival
    Due March 20, 2017 (Updated 2-7-17)

    2017 Brain Awareness Video Contest
    work with a neuro-scientist and present a concept about the brain via a movie. Win a trip to- Washington, DC + $1,000,
    to attend the Neuroscience Conference
    Contest starts March 15, 2017 and ends June 15, 2017
    (Updated 2-3-17)

    PA Alliance for Geographic Education Online Challenge
    Register by 3-15-17, Project due April 20,2017
    Draw a map = various ideas/themes are provided
    (This can be an individual project or a team of 2 students)
    (Updated 2-2-17)

    The 2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest 
    (3 top prizes of  $5,000/Total prizes of $25,000). Inspired by a powerful quote from the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate. Only 500 words or less. 
    (Due by 3-15-17) (Updated 2-2-17)

    Cook Honors Summer Program at Indiana University of PA, for 11th Graders only. Live on campus for 2-weeks, take non-credit courses includes room & board for $400 only. (Cost is supplemented by the school's (IUP) alumni. A variety of non-credit courses are offered. (Highly recommended by a former student). Apply before May 1, 2017 (Updated 2-2-17)

    Spring Creative Communication (Non-Fiction) Essay Contest
    Due on or before February 16, 2017 (Updated 2-1-17)
    Spring Creative Communication Poetry Contest is
    Due on or before April 6, 2017  (Updated 2-1-17)

    Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Math (LCCTM)
    Math Test- Win a full-scholarship to Wilkes University for any major. This scholarship will be given to the top student (one senior) and (one junior).
    This event is open only to seniors and juniors.
    (Limited Space)
     Tuesday, March 8, 2017 at Wilkes University
    (SNOW DATE- Thursday 3-9-17

    (Updated 2-1-17)

    Fashion for Rookies Video Contest Prize- - Top Prize: Lunch with A-list celebrity fashion stylist Sara Acevedo, $100 and Fashion Photo Shoot--
     Open to ages 6-15 (Due 2-14-17) (Updated 2-1-17)

    Please tune in to "WVIA's Artist of the Week" and watch our Gifted students: Abbey John and Natalie Ryba. They are being profiled on the Public Broadcasting Service Channel (PBS) during the week of January 22-28, 2017. Abbey will display her visual artwork and Natalie will perform ballet. The profiles of these artists will be on the WVIA website starting January 22, 2017.  The "WVIA Artist of the Year" will be selected by a panel of judges. The "Artist of the Year" will be announced in the spring. (wvia.org) 
    (Updated 1-26-17)

    If you missed the College Survey in September-
    you can take it online at 

    Enter Class PIN: RV3BYR
    (Updated 1-26-17)
    Please see below for the top scorers in the 
    January Math League Challenge. (Updated 1-20-17)
    Congratulations to the Gifted Trivia Team
    they competed in the WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage. In Round 1 HAHS competed against Hanover High School on Friday, January 13, 2017 and in Round 2 they competed against Pittston High School on Monday, January 16, 2017. These TV shows will be aired in April of 2017. (Updated 1-20-17)

    Please tune in to "WVIA's Artist of the Week" and watch our Gifted students: Abbey John and Natalie Ryba. They are being profiled on the Public Broadcasting Service Channel (PBS) during the week of January 22-28, 2017. Abbey will display her visual artwork and Natalie will perform ballet. The profiles of these artists will be on the WVIA website starting January 22, 2017.  The "WVIA Artist of the Year" will be selected by a panel of judges. The "Artist of the Year" will be announced in the spring. (wvia.org)
    (Updated 1-20-17)

    PA Alliance for Geographic Education (AGO) Online Competition- coming in February (Updated 1-20-17)
    Fashion for Rookies Video Contest Prize (Open to 11th Graders) 
    $500 prize Due March 31, 2017 
    (Updated 11-19-17)

    Calling All Writers, Artists, and More (Videographers) to submit items to Brain Stamp an Online Psychology Magazine for Teens (1-19-17) 

    “We the Students Scholarship” Essay Contest
    (Constitutional, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence) 
    $5,000 Prize and a trip to Washington, DC.
    Due February 5, 2017 (Updated 1-19-17)

    High School Psychology Essay Contest- Topic: An Aging World- Win $250 (Due March 15, 2017) (Entrants must have been enrolled or be presently enrolled in a high school psychology course)(Updated 1-18-17)

    Roadmap to Space Settlement ART Contest 2017 

    (Prizes) Due 3-16-17 (Updated 1-12-17)

    Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award Contest
    Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration. $$ prize, story will be published Due 2-1-17 (Updated 1-12-17)

    Please visit the MathCON website to take the practice math tests in order to prepare for MathCON 2017:

    username: mathcon2017
    password: mathcon2017


    National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine
    Summer Program Due before 2-5-17
    (must be nominated by Mrs. Ernst)
     – Open to 9-12
    th graders  
    (Recommended for 11
    th & 12th graders)
    (Fee required – scholarships available) (Updated 1-10-17)

    Free Lecture- Eva Mozes Kor-  Holocaust Survivor,
    (Mengele Twin Experiments)
    Forgiveness Advocate- Call for Free Tickets-Misericordia University, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:00 pm
    (Updated 1-10-17)

    Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers ($1,000 Cash Prize) Due April 1, 2017 (Updated January 9, 2017)

    PA LIU-18 High School Computer Fair- 
    Projects due March 10, 2017
    (Updated 1-3-17)

    John Stossel's Video Contest "Tech Revolution"
    Win a Trip to NYC Due 2-27-17
    (Updated 1-6-17)

    The AMC 10 and AMC 12 Tests will be given on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. This test will be given in the HAAS' Cafeteria and at HAHS' Library from 8:30-10:00 am.  

    2017 PA Shakespeare Acting Competition
    (Register by Friday, February 10, 2017)
    Event- Saturday, March 4, 2017
    (Updated 1-5-17)
    MathCON 2017 is an online Math Challenge. It will start at the end of January 2017 and it will on March 3, 2017. This is a 40 minute test with 40 questions. (Updated 1-4-17)

    PA Statistics Poster Competition (Cash Prizes)
    Due: postmarked by midnight  2-17-17
    (Updated 1-4-17)

    PA Society for Biomedical Research Annual Essay Contest
     $500 Prize (2) $250 (4) 
    6 WINNERS - $2,000 in Prizes
    Due April 2, 2017 (Updated 1-4-17)

    PA Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) Poster Contest, Prize $25 and featured in a calendar  
    Due 4-2-17
    (Updated 1-4-17)

    American Foreign Service Essay 
    (Amazing Prizes- Trip to Washington- meet the Secretary of State, Money and a Semester at Sea)
    Write a memo with your proposed solution(s) to the current refugee problem, it  must be between 1,000 and 1,250 words.  Due3-15-17  (Updated 1-4-17)

    WVIA Educational Film Festival 2017,
    Enter animated or a live action film that teaches a concept.
    (5 minutes or less) due March 20, 2017,

    Film Festival Date is April 3, 2017
    (Updated 1-4-17)

    PSU Hazleton Regional STEM Research Fair-
    Saturday, April 29, 2017 ( Register by 4/17/17)
    Available to Grades 9-12,
    Prizes will be awarded (Updated 1-4-17)

    WVIA's Making A Difference: Great Teachers Essay Contest
    (Seniors Only) 500 Word Essay, $500 Cash Prize, Due 2-28-17 (Updated 1-4-17)
    Please tune in to "WVIA's Artist of the Week" and watch our Gifted students: Abbey John and Natalie Ryba. They are being profiled on the Public Broadcasting Service Channel (PBS) during the week of January 22-28, 2017. Abbey will display her visual artwork and Natalie will perform ballet. (Updated 1-3-17)
    Youth Voices 'Discover Your China' Video Contest
    What is your Discover China travel story? Due January 31, 2017 (Win a Cash Prize and a Trip to San Francisco) (Updated 1-3-17)
    PA LIU-18 High School Computer Fair-
    Projects due March 10, 2017 (Updated 1-3-17)

    Newton Math Event at King's University
    will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    (for 11th & 12th graders) (Updated 1-3-2017)
    Congratulations to the top students
    in the December Math League Test (See below)
    (Updated 12-16-16) 

    Scholastic Art & Writing Contest
    Winners will be announced January 9, 2017 
    The national math test AMC 10 and AMC 12
    will be given on 2-15-17 (Updated 12-14-16)
    Hazleton JCC Holocaust Essay
    Contest Prize $200 Due 2-17-17
    (Updated 12-14-16)
    The Penn State Millennium Scholars Program is designed for high-achieving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) high school students - (Financial aid,) This program is designed to help students achieve advanced and doctorate degrees after graduating from PSU with a bachelors degree. Read the description and see how to apply. 
    (Updated 12-12-16)
    2017 Holocaust Essay Contest - (Prize- Win a Trip to Washington, DC) Due 3-17 (Updated 12-7-16)
    Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest (12th Graders) (Prizes) Due April 28, 2017 (Updated 12-7-16)

    Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest (Prizes) Write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter
    (Starts January 4, 2017) 
     Due March 1, 2017
    (Updated 12-07-16)

    Ayn Rand Fountainhead (10th & 11th graders) Essay Contest
    (Cash Prizes) due April 26, 2017 (Updated 12-07-16)
    Ayn Rand "Anthem" Essay Contest (9th Graders) (Cash Prizes) Due March 29, 2017 (Updated 12-07-16)

    The King's Math Competition on  12/7/16 was cancelled
    due to a 2-Hour Snow Delay- the trip will not be rescheduled (Updated 12-7-16)
    Student Inventors' Competition
    (Trip to Hershey) Due 12-19-16 (Updated 11-30-16)

    Brain Bee UPDATE (11-29-16): Registration is now Open (you must register (ASAP) if you want to participate. The Brain Bee Date is February 4, 2017 with a potential rain (snow) date of February 11, 2017. The winner will receive a $400 prizes (as well as a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Scranton) which the university assumes is used to travel for the National contest.

    John Stossel's "Tech Revolution Essay Contest" (Win a trip to NYC) Due Feb 17, 2017 (Updated 11-23-16) 

    Did you know there are $33,603,680.00 in scholarships available for you at My College Options? Use the following link- copy it

    Do an advanced search for scholarships

    Carnegie Council for Ethics Essay Contest Due 12-31-16

    Gift Card Prizes (Updated 11-22-16)
    EGirl (Engineering- Endangered Animals) Essay Contest
     (Girls and Boys can enter) Win $500. Due before 02-01-17 (Starts Sept 15-16)

    Drive Smart Video Campaign (30-60 Seconds) Win $10,000 Scholarship - Due Dec 19, 2016 (Updatted 11-21-16)

    Valeo Car Competition - Win 100,000 Euros and a Trip to Paris Due on or before January 31, 2017 (Updated 11-21-2017)

    2017 Profiles in Courage (JFK) Essay (Win $20,000 and a trip to Boston for the student and his or family) Due on or before January 4, 2017 (Updated 11-21-16)

    SAT PREPARATION COURSE- offered at PSU Hazleton Campus ****This course is for Mondays and Wednesdays, January 16- March 1, 2017.
    Course Fee:  $350 (includes books/materials)
    Discount Promotion:  Register before December 1, 2016 and pay only $299 350 (includes books/materials)

    George S. Knight (Sons of American Revolutions) Historical Essay Contest Due Dec 31, 2016 (Updated 11-9-16)

    NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest $1,000 Prize
     Due 12-31-16 Updated 11-09-16)
    2016/2017 National Oratorical Competition- Local competition
    will be held in December 2016- only 1 student can represent our school. (Register ASAP) (Updated 11-9-16)

    Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest
    $1, 000 Prize, Due May 15, 2017 (Updated 11-9-16)

    NASA Scientist for A Day Essay Contest (500 Words)
    Due on or before February 24, 2016 (Updated 11-6-16)

    New Voices Young Writers Competition, No Entry Fee,
     Due 12-20-16 (Updated 11-2-16)

    Jackie Robinson Scholarship for Minorities
    Starts Nov 1, 2016 Ends 2-15-17 (Updated 11-2-16)
    Science Olympiad 2017 Division B (7-9)
    March 8, 206 at PSU -Wilkes Barre Campus, Updated 11-2-16

    Science Olympiad 2017, Division C (Grades 10-12)
    Please review the Science Olympiad Web Page and select your activities, please confirm with Mrs. Billet (ASAP) Limited Space (Updated 11-2-16) 

    Congratulations to the Top Scorers 
    of the October Math League Challenge (Updated 10-28-16)
    King's University Math Competition
    Wednesday, 12-7-16 (Updated 10-27-16)
    Bloomsburg University Math Competition 
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (Updated 10-27-16) 

    Natalie Ryba (12th grader - HAAS) and
    Abbey John (12th grader - HAHS) 
    have been selected for the "WVIA Artist of the Week"
    Natalie and Abbey will be profiled on WVIA,
     the week of 
    January 22-28, 2017

     Natalie Ryba - did a ballet performance
    to a song from the Broadway Play, "Waitress" 
    Abbey John - a visual artist, displayed her artwork.

    On 10-17-16 both students were interviewed by
     Mrs. Andrea O'Neill, the Educational Director
    for the TV station, WVIA.

    Teens Dream Video Contest Win $500 Cash
    Due January 8, 2017 (Updated 10-12-16)
    GE-Regan Foundation Scholarship (Seniors in Need) 20 Prizes of $10,000 Starts Mid-October Due January 9, 2017 (10-11-16)
    Math League (6 Tests: Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar)= Challenge starts 10-18-16 (Updated 10-11-16)
    Fall Non-Fiction Essay Contest by Creative Communications, the deadline has been extended to October 20, 2016
    (Updated 10-11-16)

    See below for the top scorers of the September Trivia Contest

    2016 Geography Awareness Week Postcard Contest
    "Explore the Power of Parks"
    Due on or before Friday, October 28, 2016.
    (Updated 10-7-16)
    Attention Gifted Students:
    Do you have any pictures from the Renaissance Faire that you want to enter for the Photo Journalism Contest? Please visit the Gifted Website for the contest details. Please submit the pictures to Mrs. Billet ASAP. Thank you. (Updated 10-7-16)

    FYI-  Epidemic of the Sweating Illness of the 16th Century, background information on this mysterious disease. 
    (In case you missed the informational presentation
    on this illness). Follow-up to the Renaissance Faire.
    (Updated 10-7-16)

    Fall Non Fiction Essay Contest sponsored by Creative Communications- Deadline has been extended to October 20, 2016 
    (Updated 10-20-16)

    "I'm a Leader Essay, Poem, Video, Visual Art Piece (Photograph, Painting, or Collage, etc.) or write a song based on ...)" Due on or before January 20, 2017 before 11:59 pm (Updated 10-3-16)

    Bloomsburg University Math Competition- Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Limited Space (Updated 10-03-16)

    2017 Science Without Borders Art Competition $500 prize. For more details -review the Gifted Website
    and the Contest's Website. 
    Due on or before April 24, 2017 (Updated 9-30-2016)

    Fall Creative Communications Poetry Contest Due December 1, 2016 (Updated 9-19-16)
    Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for top students (Seniors) in need
    $40,000 per year for 4 years to the best colleges in the USA. 
    Starts September 30, 2016 ends November 30, 2016
    (Updated 9-28-16)

    C-SPAN'S Student Cam 2017
    Contest Theme: What's your message to Washington? What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017? Cash Prize  $5,000 
    (Due on or before January 20th, 2017) (Updated 9-22-16)

    Scholastic Art & Writing Contest (29 Categories)
    Requires Entry Fee
    If you cannot afford the entry fee you can request a fee waiver
    Scholarship Prizes
    (Due on or before 12-15-16)
    (Updated 9-22-16)

    Doctor Strange "The Magic of STEM" Video Challenge-
    Open to Girls Only Ages 15-18, Win a trip to LA, + money, etc
    (Due on or before10-5-16) (Update 9-22-16)   

    This essay got a high-school senior into 5 Ivy League Schools - Stanford, Yale, Columbia, University of Penn, Dartmouth, and Cornell- (Please read)(Updated 9-21-16)

    2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge-
    Top Prize $250,000 Scholarship for a 5 minute movie,
    for 13-18 years old

    Due on or before October 10, 2016 (Updated 9-15-16)
    ASHG DNA Day 2017 Essay Contest -
    Win $1,000 (Due on or before 3-11-16) (Updated 9-15-16)
    Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest for 10th and 11th grade girls.
    Win a Summer Creative Writing Program at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA., Cash Prize
    Deadline is October 31, 2016.

    World of 7 Billion Video Contest, Students, examine the effects of global population growth. $1,000 Prize.  Sub Theme can be Climate Change, Ocean Health, or Rapid Urbanization: 
    (Due on or before 2-23-17) (Updated 9-14-17)

    Get Inspired by Nature (Art, Writing, Photos, Video or Music) Contest - Prizes, Ends November 1, 2016 (Updated 9-13-16)
    Northeastern Brain Bee at the
     University of Scranton, Saturday, February 2017, Date to be announced. Students must register to compete (Updated 9-11-16)

    VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship- Essay Contest $30,000 for 9-12 graders Due before 11-1-16 (Updated 9-11-16) 
    Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship (Seniors)
     Due October 3, 2016  (Updated 9-11-16)
    Visit the Gifted Room ASAP to take the Trivia Challenge- Questions are on a variety of topics. Top students will be asked to join the Gifted Trivia Team to participate in the Scholastic Scrimmage. This year the Scholastic Scrimmage will take place in January 2017. (Updated 9-11-16)  
     PA Renaissance Faire Creative Writing Contest due BEFORE 11-18-16, Read the description page to learn about the faire's background and the date and setting it takes place in history. (List of characters will be posted on the website- I am waiting for the list from the faire's organizers
     (Updated 9-11-16)
    Renaissance Faire Advertising Contest Entry Due before 11-18-2016 (Updated 9-11-16)
    Are a senior boy or girl attending the Renaissance Faire this year and would you like to participate in the Lord and Lady Knighting Ceremony? Please contact Mrs. Billet or Mr. Brennan ASAP if you are interested
    (Updated 9-11-16) 
    American Freedom Essay Contest
    Due October 14, 2015 (Updated 9-11-16)

     Bennington Young Writers Award (for 10th, 11th, & 12th Graders) Due before 11-1-16 (Updated 9-11-16) 

    Elks "Student of the Month" Award (Seniors only apply) ASAP
    (Updated 9-11-16)
    Elks "Most Valuable Student Scholarship Award" (Amazing Opportunity)
    Due before November 30, 2016 (Updated 9-11-16) 
    Renaissance Faire- Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Sign-Up Immediately, Cost- $14.00 (Updated 9-4-16)

     Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems. (Updated 6-8-16)

    The motivation for starting Project Euler, and its continuation, is to provide a platform for the inquiring mind to delve into unfamiliar areas and learn new concepts in a fun and recreational context.
    New Math Competition-Purple Comet Math Online International, will be given in April 2017 (Updated 6-8-16) 

    United States Senate Youth Program, Free Trip to Washington, DC from March 4-11, 2017 and Scholarship Money.
    Only for 11th and 12th Graders. Are you currently one of the following:

    • Student Body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
    • Class president, vice president, secretary 
or treasurer
    • Student Council representative
    • Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) 
to a local, district, regional or state-level 
civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator. Community Service
    • Only 2 students per state are selected. Participants will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Depts of State and Defense and other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations.In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
      Due on or before October 12, 2016

      • Diverbo- (Volunteer Program) teach English in Spain inexpensive- just pay for your travel expenses. (Updated 5-19-16)

    Free Online IQ Test (it takes only a few minutes)
    (Updated 5-19-16)
    · Veterans Video History ContestInterview veterans Starts June 20, 2016 ends Dec 7, 2016. Cash Prize.  Find a Veteran in your community who has a story Film a 30 minute (or longer) oral history focus on their service. Edit together a 3-5 minute video essay and transfer it to a disc, Enter submission by mailing the video essay disc to American Veterans Center to be judged.(Updated 5-18-16)


    Teen Genes Video Contest for the American Society of Human Genetics (Starts July 5, 2016- Ends Nov. 13, 2016) Cash Prizes (Updated 5-17-16

    Ten Steps to Making Better Movies (Updated May 16, 2016)

    Totem Head's Story Contest (Adventure Story) Due Before Dec. 31, 2016 (Updated 5-4-16)

    Academy Tutoring- Private Company, provides SAT Prep/ACT Prep tutoring, (Hourly charge).

    Elks "Student of the Month" (9-14-15)
    Elks Scholarship (Updated 9-13-15)


    Congratulations to
    2016-2017 Gifted Students! 
     Congratulations to the following students they placed in the May SAT #2 Post Test
    First Place
    Alice Banks (10th)
    Marin Dremock (9th)
    Todd Grenfell (11th)
    Alexis Kulish (10th)
    My Mai (12th)
    Frank Ruggiero (11th)
    Hannah Soden (12th)
    William Strassner (11th)

    Second Place
    Seidy Bobadilla (11th)
    Verina Gad (9th)
    Francine Lamasko (10th)
    Pranjal Satija (12th)
     Congratulations to the following students they were top scorers in the April SAT #1 Post Test
    First Place
    Zach Baran (10th) 
    Seidy Bobadilla (11th)
    Marin Dremock (9th)
    Todd Grenfell (11th)
    Frank Ruggiero (11th)
    Logan Savage (10th)

    Second Place
    Pranjal Satija (12th)

    Third Place
    My Mai (12th)

    Fourth Place
    Tabatha Schwendeman (9th)

     Congratulations to
    Dario D'Amato (12th)

    He placed 6th in the Individual Competition in the Newton Mathematics Competition NMC-2017 Pennsylvania Chapter which was held at King's University
     Congratulations to
    Samantha Zaremba  (12th)

    She placed 14th in the MathCON 2017 Second Round Challenge in Chicago, IL 

     Congratulations to 
    John Gordon (11th) 
    He placed 5th in the MathCON 2017 
     Congratulations to 
    Dario D'Amato (12th)
    John Gordon (11th) 
    Colin Greybosh (11th) 
    Samantha Zaremba (12th)
    they competed in MathCON 2017 in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, April 22, 2017
     Congratulations to the Top Scorers in the
    March Math League Challenge

    First Place
    Jorge Tirado (12th)
    Erika Book (11th)

    Second Place
    John Ashton (9th)
    Zach Baran (10th)
    Frank Ruggiero (11th)

    Third Place
    Noah Ancharski (11th)
    Jefferson Casado Felix (9th)
    Marin Dremock (9th)
    Haley Drumheller (9th)
    Joseph Halcisak (9th)
    Alexis Kulish (9th)
    Francine Lamasko (10th)
    Lily Nowak (10th)
    Ben Sabatos (10th)
    Rebecca Schell (12th)
    Dustin Snyder (11th)
     Congratulations to the Top Scorers in the February Math League Challenge
    First Place
    Zach Baran
    Kyle Bonin
    Erika Book
    John Gordon
    Rebecca Schell
    Dustin Snyder
    Second Place
    John Ashton
    Jefferson Casado Felix
    Todd Grenfell
    William Strassner 
    Jorge Tirado
    Third Place
    Tristen Adams
    Brian Bartal
    Seidy Bobadilla
    Marin Dremock
    Haley Drumheller
    Francine Lamasko
    Raydelys Morrebel Reyes 
    Mai T.My
    Victor Polanco
    Brian Rigotti
    Jeremy Rossi 
    Ben Sabatos 
     Good Luck to 
    Abigail Hartz  and  Raydelys Morrobel Reyes

    They have applied for a fellowship with HERlead,
    a national leadership mentoring program 
    sponsored by the
    Ann Taylor Clothing Corporation.
     Good Luck
     Good Luck to

    Joey Halcisak
    Alison Rancont
    Kayla Dickert
    They have entered a movie, Distributive Properties to the
    LIU18 High School Computer Fair 
    Good Luck  
     Congratulations to
    Dario D'Amato placed 6th in the
    Newton Individual Math Competition
    at King's University.
    This event was held on January 31, 2017
    Dario has been awarded a four year renewable scholarship to King's University. 
    Congratulations- to the
    2017 Science Olympiad Teams
    Experimental Design:
    Dario D'Amato, Ben Palfey, and Nicole Leshko ranked 7th out of 28 teams.
    Chemistry Lab:
     Erika Book and Frank Ruggiero
    ranked 12th out of 28 teams
    Write It/Do It:
    Erin Ballick and Nicole Leshko
    ranked 12th out 28 teams
     Congratulations to the following students on placing in the national online math competition,  MathCON 2017  Congratulations

    11th Grade

    12th Grade

    First Place

    Colin Greybosh


    Second Place

    John Gordon


    Third Place

    Abbey Hartz

    Frank Ruggiero


    First Place

    Samantha Zaremba

    Second Place

    Dario D’Amato


    Third Place

    Ben Palfey

    Nicole Leshko

    9th Grade

    10th Grade

    First Place

    Brian Bartal

    Second Place

    Ethan Mariano

    Third Place

    John Ashton

    Ricky Blase


    First Place

    Nurys Amancio


    Second Place
    Zach Baran

    Third Place

    Alexis Kulish

    Ben Sabatos

     Congratulations to Nick Vitagliano, he placed fourth in the LCCTM Math Competition at Wilkes University on  Tuesday, March 7, 2017  Congratulations
     Congratulations to the Top Scorers in the January 2017 Math League Challenge:

    First Place
    John Gordon (11th)
    Jefferson Casado Felix (10th)

    Second Place
    John Ashton (9th)
    Dario D'Amato (12th)
    Alexi Kulish (9th)
    Francine Lamasko (10th)
    Ben Palfey (12th)
    Rebecca Schell (12th)
    Dustin Snyder (10th)
    William Strassner (11th)
    Third Place
    Brian Bartal (9th)
    Ricky Blase (9th)
    Kyle Bonin (12th) 
    Erika Book (11th)
    Brinn Gammer (9th)
    Kyle Bonin (12th)
    Colin Greybosh (11th)
     Abigail Hartz (11th)
    Joseph Halcisak (9th)
    Charles Lanum (12th)
    Nicole Leshko (12th) 
    My Tan Mai (12th)
     Congratulations to the Gifted Trivia Team
    they competed in the WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage Competition. In Round 1 HAHS competed against Hanover High School on Friday, January 13, 2017 and in Round 2 they competed against Pittston Area High School on Monday, January 16, 2017. These TV shows will be aired in April of 2017.
    The Trivia Team Members are:
    Nick Vitagliao
    Ciara Bannon
    Carl McHugh
    Dario D'Amato
    Charles Lanum
    Jorge Tirado 
     Congratulations to the top students in the December Math League Challenge

    First Place
    Kyle Bonin (12th)
    Erika Book (11th)
    Dario D’Amato (12th)
    Samantha Zaremba (12th)

    Second Place
    John Gordon (11th)
    Christian English (11th)

    Third Place
    Noah Ancharski (11th)
    Erin Ballick (12th)
    Zach Baran (10th)
    Jefferson Casado (10th)
    Marin Dremock (9th)
    Christian English (11th)
    Todd Grenfell (11th)
    Alexis Kulish (10th)
    Megan Llewellyn (11th)
    Frank Ruggiero (11th)
    Dustin Snyder (11th)  
    William Strassner (11th)

    Good Luck to Rebecca (Becca) Schell (12th)
    she has submitted a photograph to
    Scholastic Art & Writing Contest
    (Updated 12-16-16)

    Good Luck  
     Congratulations to the top scores in the 
    November Math League Challenge
    First Place
    Jorge Tirado (12th)
    Erika Book (11th)
    Second Place 
    Zach Baran (10th) 
    Lance Book (9th)
    Jefferson Felix Casado (10th) 
    Dario D'Amato (12th)
    Christian English (11th)
    Abigail Hartz (11th) 
    Myles Hernandez 
    Victor Polanco (11th)
    Jeremy Rossi (10th) 
    Frank Ruggiero (11th) 
    Samantha Zaremba (12th) 

     Congratulations to the
    October 2016 Top Math League Scorers
    First Place
    Kyle Bonin (12th)
    Erika Book (11th)
    Dario D'Amato (12th)
    John Gordon (11th)
    Natalie Ryba (12th)
    Rebecca Schell (12th)
    Hannah Soden (12th)
    Jorge Tirado (12th)
    Samantha Zaremba (12th)
    Second Place
    Tristen Adams (9th)
    John Ashton (9th)
    Zach Baran 10th
    Brian Bartal (9th)
    Lance Book (9th)
    Christian English (11th)
    Todd Grenfell (11th)
    Myles Hernandez 
    Liam Katz (10th)
    Alexis Kulish (10th)
    Megan Llewellyn (11th)
    Carl McHugh
    Raydelys Morrobel Reyes (11th)
    Frank Ruggiero (11th)
    Dustin Snyder (11th)
    Francine Lamasko (10th)
    Summer Whitley (9th)
    Natalie Ryba (12th grader - HAAS) and 
    Abbey John (12th grader - HAHS) have been selected for the "WVIA Artist of the Week"
    Natalie and Abbey will be profiled on WVIA,
     the week of January 22-28, 2017
    Natalie Ryba - did a ballet performance
    to a song from the Broadway Play, "Waitress." 
    Abbey John - a visual artist, displayed her artwork.
    On 10-17-16 both students were interviewed by
     Mrs. Andrea O'Neill, the Educational Director 
    for the TV station, WVIA.

    The following students will represent HAHS at the
    2017 WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage Challenge

    Dario D'Amato (12th) HAAS        
    Nick Vitagliano (12th) HAHS
    Charles Lanum (12th) HAAS
    Ciara Bannon (11th) HAHS
    Jorge Tirado (12th) HAAS
    Carl McHugh HAHS


     Gold Cup 3
     Congratulations to the following students, they are the top scorers in the
    September Trivia Challenge
    (Updated 10-11-16)

    First Place
    Dario D'Amato HAAS (12th)

    Second Place
    Charles Lanum  HAAS (12th)

    Third Place
    John Ashton HAAS (9th)

    Fourth Place
    Jorge Tirado HAAS (12th) 
     Gold Cup 3
     September 29. 2016 

    Congratulations to Kimberly Bellard, an 11th Grader at the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences STEM School, her original poem "Trough Love" was selected for publication. 
    Her poem will be published in  the
     December issue of the 
    Creative Communications publication. 
    Kimberly submitted her poem for the Summer Creative Communications Contest.   

     Gold Cup 3
    Take a guess...   
    How many minutes will you spend in High School? 
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    Time is our most precious commodity.  Let's use our time together wisely...
    Mr. Michael Brennan
    Hazleton Area High School  (HAHS)
    Mrs. Raffael Billet
    Hazleton Area Academy of Science School (HAAS)
    40 Azalea RD
    Drums, PA. 18222
    570-788-6367 Room 623 
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