On March 18, two Paul VI Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the Region 12 NoVA South tournament at Manassas Park High School. One of our school teams placed first in the Division III “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger” category; the other team placed fifth in the same division.
Allison Nguyen’s “Study of Graphene Oxide in Dental Applications” determines “if, when a dental filling composed of graphene oxide or composite resin material is created, then a dental filling composed of 10 mg of graphene oxide would be the strongest when force was applied.” The answer is yes.
Paul VI expects to break ground on the new school in Loudoun County this spring. The contractor is Whiting Turner. VMDO Architects designed the new school, which will be located on Braddock Road between Riding Center Drive and Donerails Chase Drive in South Riding.
Final tallies on Friday, Nov. 18, show that the PVI school community donated 58,959 items, which translates to 49,889 pounds of food.
On November 15, Paul VI students will take part in a World Hunger Day simulation, organized by the Paul VI Student Government Association. The purpose is to raise awareness of hunger and poverty around the world, said Mrs. Hanley, Assistant Principal for Admissions and Student Life.
Panther Press recently interviewed Forster and Susco, who won the election as class co-presidents, also earning them spots on the Student Government Association Executive Board.
In March, College Board launched the updated version of the SAT, making several changes to the traditional standardized test high school students have come to know. The first wave of PVI students have taken this new test and have reported back to Panther Press on what this updated version is like.
On March 11, PVI students enrolled in AP Physics had the opportunity to visit the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Students toured NanoFab, the nanotechnology fabrication branch of the institution, and attended talks given by high-level scientists at NIST on topics ranging from how to get into science as a career, to atomic clocks.
On Tuesday, March 1, Virginia will hold its presidential primary, giving many PVI seniors the opportunity to vote for the first time. Despite many students expressing a general dissatisfaction with the pool of candidates, most seniors interviewed said they do intend to vote in the Virginia primary.
PVI’s planned move to Loudoun County in 2020 still seems far away for most students, but with next year’s freshman class anticipated to be the first group of students directly affected by the relocation, plans are well underway for expected new features at the Loudoun campus.