BCS School Spotlight – BHS April 2022

Buchanan High School

April at Buchanan High School

by BHS Principal Stacey DeMaio

Talent Show

Buchanan High School is hosting a Talent Show. Auditions are open to any BHS student (8-12), and will be held on Friday, April 15th from 11 – 12:30, and on Monday, April 18th from 2:00 – 3:30 (with teacher permission during ICE). The Talent Show will be held on Friday, April 22 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Doors are open to the public. Donations accepted will be given to Hannah Blumka.

Science Olympiad Heads to State!

Buchanan High School competed in Berrien County’s 35th Annual Science Olympiad Regional competition on March 11, 2022. Buchanan was well represented by 8th through 12th grade students on two teams. Our middle school team, consisting of 8th and 9th graders placed 3rd in the regional competition. Our high school team, consisting of 9th -12th grade students, also placed 3rd in the county. Our students left the event celebrating their achievements and feeling proud of how they performed against schools in our neighboring communities. We thought that would be the end of the season for the Science Olympiad. However, we were pleasantly surprised to learn later that we were invited to compete in the state competition due to a scheduling conflict with the 2nd place team. We are busy preparing to represent Buchanan High school at the State Science Olympiad event to be held April 30th on the campus of Michigan State University. Wish us luck as we learn as much as we can about science in preparation for the competition.

BHS Science Olympiad, Photo submitted by Stacey DeMaio

Bucks Saving Lives

BHS hosted a blood drive early in March. Our Bucks are always generous in donating their time and their blood. We wouldn’t be able to hold these events without the support from our student council coordinators and leaders. The blood donations collected at our drives are crucial to maintaining a stable supply of blood for life-threatening emergencies and illnesses.

The following are the results of our Blood Drive:

Total Number of Successful Drive Units: 45

Total Number of Deferrals: 9

One unit of blood can save the lives of up to 3 people; a total of 129 people could potentially benefit from our drive. What an amazing impact our drive will have on patients in our community. The blood collected will go to help recipients suffering from cancer, trauma, blood disorders, surgery, pregnancy complications, or several other medical emergencies.

Blood Drive participants, Photo submitted by Stacey DeMaio
Blood Drive participant, Photo submitted by Stacey DeMaio
Blood Drive participant, Photo submitted by Stacey DeMaio

MegaHurtz Robotics

Our Robotics team took second place at the St. Joseph district event earlier this month. Taking home 2nd place is the highest our team has ever achieved at this event. The St. Joseph District event is an extremely competitive event and a go-to destination for the top teams of the state. The popularity of this event is such that ESPN has featured the playoffs live for the last few years!

The following week, MegaHurtz made it to the Quarter-Finals at the Muskegon event, taking double elimination to three matches before being knocked out by the #2 alliance. Sadly, this ends the 2022 competition season, but they have a lot to be proud of. Congrats team!!

Our team is looking forward to the next phase of moving to a new workshop! Be sure to checkout all the photos and the season video (coming soon) on the blog page at https://www.megahurtzrobotics.org/blog

MegaHurtz Robotics Team, Photo submitted by Stacey DeMaio

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