Algonquin academic champions

I’ve been keeping you updated on ARHS athletics. But it’s been awhile since I shared news on the academic club side.

Students from Algonquin Regional High School have been competing and advancing in prestigious competitions this winter. Here’s an update.

Computer Programming

IBM holds an annual Master the Mainframe contest for college and high school students.

This year 49,000 competed. 77 of them were ARHS students. 24 of them made it to the second round. And one of those placed fourth in the nation.

Henry (Hongzhe) Liu will be honored at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY this March. You can learn more about the national competition here.

Poetry Out Loud

Senior Anushka Dasgupta will be competing in the state-semi finals for Poetry Out Loud. Dasgupta won the school’s final competition on February 10th. In second place was freshman Kara Hadden, followed by Marcus Ellis in third.

The state semi-finals will take place at the end of the month/beginning of March.

For more information on the competition, you can read The Harbinger’s coverage of the school’s semi-finals in January.


DECA is program for high schools and college that “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

In January, over 100 ARHS students entered the District competition. 80 of them qualified for the state competition. Half of those received high rankings: 11 in 1st place, 18 in 2nd place, and 11 in 3rd place.

The state competition is on March 12-14  at the Copley Hotel in Boston. You can learn more about DECA here.

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