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February 12, 2023

Model United Nations

On Thursday, February 2nd and Friday, February 3rd, Indian Hills High School participated in the 24th annual Academy Model United Nations, AMUN XXIV, at Bergen County Academies, in Hackensack. 

Each school's team is composed of dedicated students who thoroughly researched their roles for the Model UN event, prepared Position Papers, and participated by taking on the role or persona of the country or historical figure they were assigned, debating, arguing, persuading, forming alliances, fighting battles, and enacting all of the nuances of a meeting of the United Nations. 

For fourteen hours over two evenings, our students had a wonderful opportunity to debate, to learn from others, to gain experience in public speaking and presentation and to hone their interpersonal skills as delegates of the United Nations. AMUN attracts hundreds of bright and hardworking students from many school districts across the region, and our students had a fantastic time working with a diverse array of their peers. From among these, Ava Silvestri as the Italian Delegate and Gabriella Romm as the French delegate received Verbal Commendations for their work on the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee. Additionally, team Captain Gabrielle Becker received a Verbal Commendation for her work representing Senegal at the Commission of the Status of Women. 

Congratulations to all of our delegates who did great work researching, preparing, debating and networking!

IH Alternate Team Awards Announced for the Academic Decathlon Regional Competition

Congratulations to the following IH Alternates for their performance at the Academic Decathlon Regional Competition:

  • Christine Peng, Honors Division Alternate, won gold medals in social science and music, a silver medal in art, and a bronze medal in science.
  • Raina Saini, Honors Division Alternate, won silver medals in social science and economics, and an honorable mention in science.
  • Deana Syrneva, Honors Division Alternate, won honorable mentions in art and social science.
  • Carolina Viera, Honors Division Alternate, won a bronze medal in music and an honorable mention in science.
  • Sabrina Adams, Scholastic Division Alternate, won gold medals in math and music, a bronze medal in economics, and an honorable mention in social science.
  • Thomas Wuensch, Scholastic Division Alternate, won a gold medal in economics, silver medals in literature, math, and social science, and a bronze medal in music.

There were problems tabulating the scores for the Alternate team, which is why we received the results so late. Our Alternates are hard workers!

Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners

Congratulations to our Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners!  The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships: Gold Key entries are automatically considered for national awards. The Indian Hills English Department supports and encourages authentic writing experiences and is so proud of our most recent Indian Hills Student Award Winners!

Christine Peng: Gold Key Award (poetry)

Gaby Becker: Honorable Mention (personal essay and memoir)

Jaclyn Kotora: Honorable Mention (personal essay and memoir)

Students in Horticulture produced some amazing design work during the mini-garden unit with final projects that included terrariums, dish gardens, and fairy gardens. Students learned about how to construct, design, and care for their garden of choice as they began their horticultural design unit.

IH Guidance Updates

The Indian Hills Guidance Department hosted a Trade Fair on Wednesday February 8th to highlight trade school opportunities for students. Career and Technical Education month is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value and achievements of CTE programs across the country.

The Indian Hills Guidance Department welcomed Kailey Napolitano, Registered Dietitian from Shoprite of Wyckoff-Inserra Supermarkets who hosted a Wellness Table during all lunch periods on Wednesday February 8th.  Students were able to ask questions about nutrition and meal planning and sample products.  

FLOW Orchestra Festival

Ms. Susan Heerema and the Indian Hills Orchestra hosted this year's FLOW Orchestra Music Festival.  Ms. Heerema provided guidance and collaborative opportunities for a fun combined performance of “Crazy Train.” Students from Valley and Eisenhower Middle School were able to attend along with the Ramapo Orchestra.  Ms. Meghan Magnus is our leave replacement for Ms. Reitter and she provided a steady transition for our students.  We were very happy to have Mr. George Creegan from Valley MS and Mr. Matt Salisbury from Eisenhower MS.  The FLOW Music festivals are a yearly tradition that alternate locations between Ramapo and Indian Hills.  Thank you to Ms. Heerema and the IH Orchestra for getting the festival started! We look forward to the Band and Choir festivals next.  

Ramapo Students Attend Academy Model UN XXIV

Ramapo’s Model United Nations program participated in a two-day professional conference at Bergen Academies. In this simulation, students represented a variety of countries, aiming to pass resolutions that would promote world peace, global security, and the advancement of human rights. Students worked diligently before arriving to their first committee sessions, conducting professional research and drafting position papers to guide them through the conference. While on their committees, the students represented Ramapo well, demonstrating respect, pride, compassion, and grit while collaborating with hundreds of participants from other school districts in the tri-state area. Ramapo’s delegation included Simrin Anand, Gian Brar, Gabrielle Buchmann, Arielle Gomberg, Maverick Gomez, Andrew Glushanok, Ignacio Guerra, Alexander Jolakian, Victoria Jolakian, Arya Kaul, Chloe Maurice, Teddy Murray, Ashley Park, Saira Sandhu, Sarah Taouafe, Gabriella Vona, and Cynthia Zhou.


A special congratulations to the following students:


Arya Kaul – Verbal Commendation (China; CSW)

Maverick Gomez – Verbal Commendation (Chile; SOCHUM)

Saira Sandhu – Verbal Commendation (Chile; SOCHUM)

Arielle Gomberg – Honorable Mention (Denmark; CSW)

Sarah Taouafe – Outstanding Delegate (Sudan; AU)

Gian Brar – Best Delegate (Central African Republic; AU)

Ramapo Student Government

Ramapo's got a new #1 fan -- PO! He's a great addition to our school community. Thanks to the Ramapo Athletic Boosters for the donation of our new mascot! 

Mrs. Brennecke’s Algebra 2 Honors students wrote their own unique Logarithmic and Exponential Functions and graphed these on snowflakes (in honor of six more weeks of winter) using rules of transformations.

Ms. VanderMolen’s Anthropology students attended a lecture given by the New Jersey State Forensic Anthropologist, Ms. Anna Delaney. Ms. Delaney visited Ramapo and shared some fascinating insights into life as a Forensic Anthropologist and provided students with stories and application of the work involved. Students were able to ask questions and Ms. Delaney had everyone on the edge of their seats while she shared different cases she has and continues to work on.

Ramapo Guidance Update

February events hosted by Guidance include a Wellness, Mental Health Speaker Series and a Mental Health Matters Resource table. 

The Gap Year Presentation was hosted by RIH Guidance on Thursday, February 9.  Katherine Stievater gave a zoom webinar on Exploring Gap Year Opportunities. 

The week of February 6 through 10 is National School Counseling Week. Throughout this week, the work of School Counselors is recognized and celebrated. RHS Guidance hosted Wellness events, candy lottery, special morning announcements and opportunities for students to express their appreciation of their respective Counselors. Mrs. Perry organized light refreshments for all faculty on Friday, February 10th to invite all staff to recognize the value of School Counselors. 

Ramapo Athletic Update

Boys Basketball is currently 22-2 and ranked #5 in the state of NJ.  They will take on Bergen Catholic High School in the Bergen County Jamboree Semi Finals on Saturday, 2/11 at 1pm at Hackensack HS.  Peyton Seals recently went over 1000 career points.

Ramapo Bowling Boys Team is 7-6 & the Girls team is 4-6.  The both recently had big wins against Paramus and Hackensack respectively.

Ramapo Boys and Girls Swimming competed well at the recent Big North Championships.  

Ramapo Track competed in the State Sectionals at the Bennett Center in Toms River this past weekend.  Amilia Keogh and Ryan Welsh were nominated at the North Jersey Athlete of the Week.

Ramapo Wrestling had a big week hosting the NJSIAA Tournament at home on Monday.  The second time they've hosted in school history.  They won their first round match over Wayne Hills  in dramatic fashion in the final bout but fell short in the second round to Sparta.  They now prepare for the districts.

Ramapo Girls Basketball  Honored Their Seniors  vs Paramus. What a Special Group of Seniors!  Girls Basketball is currently 15-7 and have won 2 games in a row.  They are at Montville on Monday, at 7pm.

Ramapo Boys Fencing won the District Title and advanced to the Team “Sweet Sixteen” of the NJSIAA Tournament.

Ramapo Girls Fencing finished second in the districts and advanced to the Team “Sweet Sixteen” of the NJSIAA Tournament as well.

Ramapo Cheerleading hosted the Raider Rumble last weekend and it was a big success!

Ramapo Varsity Cheerleading qualified for the Big North Conference Championships on Friday, 2/17 at 6pm at Westwood HS. 

Feb 7th Girls Basketball had their Raider Night. We invite the flow area travel and rec basketball players to attend the game. Great turnout! Fun night had by all!! The Raider Cat and Elmo were a big hit.

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