Gifted Program

2016-2017 Updates (Website updated 1-12-2017)

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 top students in the December Math League Challenge

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

Second Place
John Gordon (11th)

Third Place
Erin Ballick (12th)
Jefferson Casado (10th)
Christian English (11th)
Todd Grenfell (11th)
Megan Llewellyn (11th)
Frank Ruggiero (11th)
Dustin Snyder (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)
Second Place
Zach Baran (10th) 
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)

 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


2015-2016 Gifted Upcoming Events

 AUGUST 2016
  • National STEM Video Game Challenge (NEW) 
    REGISTRATION Opens on 3-15-2016 DUE August 15, 2016 

  • Video Contest- Due August 1, 2016 (Updated 5-4-16- Win $4,000 for a 30-60 second video - Theme: What make you passionate about liberty?
 JULY 2016
  • National Federation for Women Legislators announce the 19th Annual NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay - Scholarship and Trip- Open to 11th/12th Grade Girls Due July 8, 2016 (Updated 4-25-16)  
JUNE 2016
  • Joint Science Education Project in Greenland (Tentative based on last year's event)- Extensive application must be completed early in the school year.
  • Thursday, June 30, 2015 Last day to submit The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest  (NEW CONTEST)
  • Diverbo Volunteer Program in Spain
  • 2016 Ocean Awareness Contest (Art, Poetry, Prose, Film, Reflection) Dues June 13, 2016

    Share your environmentally-themed short film. PRIZES: Grand Prize $2,000   Two runners-up will each receive $500  Due: June 10th, 2016    Length: maximum of 15 minutes in length. (Updated 4-27-16)


 MAY 2016
  • High IQ and Gifted Competition- Round 1 (Online) Competition Saturday, May 28 2016, Round 1 Second **Registration is FREE only until April 30, 2016,  STUDENTS NEED TO REGISTER NOW- and use the following code: HIQORAHighIQ to get this competition free. Normally it costs $40.00. Prepare Now. (Updated 4-7-16)

  • 'Engineering For You' 2016 Video Contest
    Highlight the importance of a Mega-Engineering project.
    Open to all Ages-  Cash Prize $25,000 Deadline- May 31, 2016 Create a short video (1-2 minutes) 1. Introduce a particular mega-engineering project 2. Highlight its importance/contribution to people and society; and 3. Suggest Contributions to its development Deadline- May 31, 2016 (Updated 3-2-15)
  • High School Computer Fair LIU18 Computer Invitational- Second Round- State Competition), Dickinson College (Last year one student attended this event)
  • Are you a fan of Jane Austin? Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest - Win Scholarship money and a trip. 
    Due May 15, 2016. (Updated April 20, 2016)
  • Application due in May Browards Youth Awards
  • Engineering (Mining) or Science Scholarship "John Kaminski Memorial Scholarship for a PA Senior Due 5-16-16
  • May 13-15, 2016 Young Playwrights Festival for 12-18 Years old, must apply by 2-21-16, held in Conn. Must write a play 10-15 pages for submission.
  • Norman Mailer High School Writing Contest- Due May 2, 2016, Maximum length 10 pages single line. $2,500. Prize
  • History Postcard or Essay Contest Theme:  Post-1865: Effects of the War.  Reunion and reconciliation was a difficult and emotional process that is still not complete.  - Cash Prizes Due May 1, 2016 (Updated 4-14-16) 
  • World Historian Student Essay Competition
    Due: May 1, 2016 Prize: $500.00
    Length: approximately 1,000 words. Essay Topic: “In what way has the study of world history affected my 
    understanding of the world in which I live?”

APRIL 2016
  • How did the Vietnam War change our country? Video Contest- Win a trip. Create a 5 Minute or less movie Due 4-22-16 (Updated 4-13-16)

  • Civic Life 2016 Elections Youth Film Challenge - Cash Prize $2,500. Due April 30, 2016 (Updated 3-16-16)
  • Saturday, April- Second Round of MathCON- Written Test, Chicago, IL (Invitational)- Last year two students went to this event from HAAS and HACC
  • Cooks Honors Summer Program (for 11th Graders only) two weeks - living on a college campus and taking non-credit classes for only $375.00 (includes room, board and classes) (Application  due 4-15-16) (Updated 3-15-16)

  • Project Yellow Light (For Juniors & Seniors) Scholarship. Create a movie to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving, texting while driving. Exactly 25 seconds or exactly 55 seconds. $5,000, $2,000, $1,000 Prizes. Due April 1, 2016
  • The Fountainhead Essay Contest is open worldwide to 11th and 12th graders. You must write an essay of no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words on a topic relating to Ayn Rand's novel, "The Fountainhead." The winning essay must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the book's philosophy" $10,000 top prize, Due 4-29-15 
  • National STEM Computer Game Challenge Registration Date has been changed to April 1, 2016 (Updated 3-10-16)

  • Bloomsburg University-The 21st Annual High School Programming Contest (Team event)  will be held on April 12, 2016 (Limited Space: Sign-UP Immediately) (Updated 1-4-2016)

  • Due April 4, 2016 MathCON 2016 Photo Contest - CASH Prizes- 
    Math is Everywhere Contest, Due April 4, 2016.
    (Updated 1-27-16)
 MARCH 2016
  • Congressional Art Competition Due March 30, 2016 
    (Updated 2-22-16)
  • Girls Reforming the Future Video Challenge- Win a Trip to LA and an Internship at Marvel Studios. Due March 26, 2016 (Updated 3-16-16)

  • Due Friday, March 25, 206:   2016 Educational Animation Movie Contest Sponsored by WVIA Due March 25, 2016 - Create your own stop-motion animated movie and it can be featured online, along with a grand prize of a Box of Light animation workshop. (Updated 1-27-16).

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 "Looking Forward- Free Career & Academic Planning Event at PSU - WB Campus-9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Parents and students (Grades 8-12) are invited

  • Friday, March 18,  2016 LIU18 Computer Fair Judging, Pizza Luncheon at the LIU-18 Building in Kingston, PA
  • Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest Open to 9th and 10th grade students worldwide. Submit an essay between 600-1200 words around the suggested topics listed on the website.  (1) First prize: $2,000; Due March 25, 2016.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2016 43rd Annual John Gold Math Exam, Bucknell University- New Competition.

  • National STEM Video Game Challenge (NEW) 
    REGISTRATION Opens on 3-15-2015 DUE August 15, 2016 

  • SAT Preparation Course at Hazleton PSU and WB PSU Campus - 2 options Actual Classes  (Class starts 3-15-16) or Self-Paced Online Course Sign-Up Immediately (Updated 1-21-16)

  • American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest Due 3-15-16 The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid two-day trip to Washington, D.C., to meet the Secretary of State and tour USIP, and a full-tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea upon the student’s enrollment at an accredited university.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2015 Math League Test (Sixth of Six Tests)

  • ***Friday, March 11, 2016 DNA DAY Essay Contest Due- New Activity, Win $1,000.00

  • Thursday, March 10,  2016 LIU18 Computer Fair (PROJECTS DUE) Limited Space- Sign-Up immediately), 6 categories to compete in, students can work in teams. An Awards Luncheon (Pizza) will be held on the last day of judging.

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Science Olympiad at Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus (Team events- requires preparing and studying for the event).

  • AnnPower Vital Voices Initiative- for 10th and 11th Grade Girls- that want to change the world, Be selected 1 of 50 girls to go NYC June 14-17, 2016 for a Leadership Conference. Be eligible to win a project grant. This contest is sponsored by Ann Taylor Clothing Line/Stores. Deadline is March 8, 2016, Applicants must supply school transcript. Deadline is March 8, 2016 (updated 2-26-16)
  • March, 2016 (entries must be received) NASA Space Settlement Contest
  • 2016 PA Shakespeare Acting Competition at DeSales University. Students must provide their own transportation (Register by 2-12-16) the event is on Saturday, March 5, 2016.
  • Barnes & Noble - My Favorite Teacher Contest- Write an essay, poem or thank you letter  (500 words or less) Due on or before March 1, 2016 (Updated 1-22-16)
  • Video Contest- Teach a Lesson "Open Source Video Contest Due February 28, 2016 (Updated 2-10-16)

  • Friday, February 26, 2016 NASA Cassini Scientist for a Day Competition is due.

  • Sunday, February 21, 2016 Deadline for the Young Playwrights Festival for 12-18 years old. Must write a play 10-15 pages for submission to be accepted. This event will be held in Conn. May 13-15, 2016 at the Eugene O'Neill theater. 
  • PA Statistics Poster (DUE) Postmarked before Friday, 2-26-16 

  • Friday, February 19, 2016 21st Annual Israel T. & Mildred Klapper Contest entry is due.

  • John Stossel 2016 "Censored in America: The War on Free Speech Essay Contest Due February 18, 2016 (Win a trip to NYC- 125 Cash Prizes)
  • 2016 PA Shakespeare Acting Competition at DeSales University. Students must provide their own transportation (Register by 2-12-16) the event is on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

  • National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine- 11th and 12th graders interested in Careers in Medicine, students must be nominated. 
    See Mrs. Ernst if interested Due before February 5, 2016  (Updated 1-26-16)
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Math League Test- (Fifth of Six Tests)

  • Friday, February, 2016- Deadline to register for the PA Shakespeare Acting Competition at DeSales University. Students must provide their own transportation.

  • Tuesday, February, 2016- AMC 10/12 Tests will be given at HAHS and HAAS. Free Tutoring is available for this test from Monks Tutoring, see link for details.**Top female students will be invited to participate at MIT University in Boston, MA.

  • February, 2016. MathCON 2016 is an online Math Challenge given once between February - March , 2016. This is a 40- minute test that will be given during school hours. Students will log onto the website and identify what grade they are in and they will be given a test specifically designed for that grade level. **Fifteen students (7 invited and 8 alternates) were given an invitation to attend the Chicago Competition. Two students (one from HAAS and one from HACC) attended the competition in Chicago, Illinois. These students placed nationally. John Gordon a 9th grader at HAAS, placed third in the country and Eric Shaw a twelfth grader at HACC placed ninth. Over 45,000 students competed in this competition.

  • Sunday, February, 2016 Pegasus Poetry Contest, this contest was discontinued.

  • Saturday, 2-27-16 Brain Bee Challenge University of Scranton. Because this is a Saturday competition, students must provide their own transportation.

  • Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge (14 hours) February 27-28, 2016 (Updated 12-4-15) Must register by February 19, 2016

  • EGirl Essay Contest: The National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl website offers an essay contest on an engineering topic for girls and boys. Awards range from $100 to $500. Winning entries are published online. Due 2-1-15

  • DuPont Essay Challenge- Deadline extended- Now Due 
    Friday, February 5, 2016 (Updated 1-13-16)

  • Original Deadline Sunday, January 31, 2016 final day to enter the DuPont Challenge Essay Contest DEADLINE Extended until 2-5-16

  • Wednesday, January 20, 216 final day to enter C-SPAN'S StudentCAM 2016 Contest: Road to the White House

  • Saturday, January, 2016 PA Governor's School of the Sciences Application is due. Only 11th graders can apply.

  • Saturday, January, 2016 National Oratorical Contest final submission is due.
  • Saturday, January 31, 2016 DuPont Challenge is due

  • Congressional APP Contest Due 1-15-16 (New Competition)

  • Videogram to the White House Contest Due 1-19-16 (Updated 1-5-16) Cash Prize (s) and Travel Prize

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Math League Test- (Fourth of Six Tests)

  • Saturday, January, 2016 National Oratorical Contest last day to register in order to participate in this competition.
  • Valeo Innovation Car Challenge- International Challenge for students teams, design a car, come up with an innovation which would between now and 2030 make the car and the way it is used more intelligent, intuitive, green and fun. €100,000 first prize given in Paris, France. Teams must register and submission is due before 1-15-2016.

  • Friday, January 8, 2016 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program- final day to submit your application.($10,000 per year)
  • Monday, January, 2016 Carnegie Council Essay is due- final day to submit 

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2016 "Profiles in Courage" JFK Essay Contest due. 1,000 (max) Words. Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1956.

  • George S. Knight Historical Essay Due 12-31-15 must be postmarked. This contest is administered by the Sons of the American Revolution (Updated 11-19-15) NEW CONTEST

  • Saturday, December 20, 2015 AMC Math Tutoring with Monks Tutoring,  9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will be held at DeMelfi School of Music located at 711 South Church Street in Hazleton. Please go to the Gifted website link for more details.

  • Friday, December 18, 2015 "Making A Difference: Great Teachers Essay Contest" - Available only to high school seniors, final day to enter.

  • Saturday, December, 2015 AMC Math Tutoring with Monks Tutoring,  9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will be held at DeMelfi School of Music located at 711 South Church Street in Hazleton. Please go to the Gifted website link for more details.

  • 2016 New Voices Young Writers Competition Open to 15 to 18 year olds.  Submissions can be made in one of three categories:  Fiction Story (Max length: 750 words), Poem (Max Length: 20 lines), and Nonfiction Essay (Max length: 750 words).  Last day for Submissions is December 20, 2015. 

  • Scholastic Art & Writing Contest Due Before 12-17-15, 29 different categories (Entry Fee, students can apply to waiver the fee). This contest is run by a local college.

  • December 15, 2015 I'm A Leader Essay, Video, Poem, Photo, Art, Song Contest is Due.

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015 King's University Math Competition- New Competition (First Year) for 12th and 11th graders

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Math League Test- (Third of Six Tests)

  • Deadline on or BEFORE Friday, December 4, 2015 Most Valuable Student Scholarship (Elks) apply online

  • Deadline December 1, 2015 NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Contest: First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.  All essays should be about 1,000 words and based on the theme of "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?" 

NOVEMBER, 2015      

  • Saturday, November 2015 AMC Math Tutoring with Monks Tutoring,  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.will be held at DeMelfi School of Music located at 711 South Church Street in Hazleton. Please go to the Gifted website link for more details.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Ringling College of Art & Design College- 2015 Creative Award Contest Contest Due.

  • Monday, November,. 2015 Verizon Innovative APP Challenge submission is due.

  • Friday, November 20, 2015 PA Renaissance Photo Journalism entry is due.  

  • Friday, November 20, 2015 PA Renaissance Creative Writing entry is due.

  • Friday, November 20, 2015 PA Renaissance Display Advertising Design entry is due.    

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Bloomsburg University Math Competition- Field Trip.  (Limited space- sign up early). **Very popular among the students.   
  • Sunday, November 15, 2015, due "30 Below Contest- Prose, Poetry, Graphic Novel, Film, etc.") Entry fee - required, cash prizes.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Math League Test- (Second of Six Tests)   

  • Sunday, November 2015 Girls Computers NCWIT Scholarship  and Award

  • Monday, November 2, 2015- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship application is due.  (This is an amazing scholarship $40,000 for four years). A detailed application is required. Scholarship is for financially challenged students. Applicants must have an weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher and must be in the top 15% of the SAT's. 

  • Monday, November 2, 2015, WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage 2nd Round, Hazleton will compete Wyoming Area.

  • Sunday, November 1, 2015 "Win A Mentorship With A Scientist" is due   

  • Sunday, November 1, 2015 VFW- "Voice of Democracy" Scholarship Essay Due, $30,000 Available for Grades 9-12


  • Saturday, October 31, 2015 Masters Review Fall Writing Contest Submission is Due (NEW CONTEST)

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage TV Taping at 12:00 Noon

  • Friday, October 23, 2015 "Jobs for You" HAHS Gym, Sponsored by State Representative Tarah Toohil (TBA-this was last year event)

  • Friday, October 23, 2015 American Society of Human Genetics’ (ASHG) Teen Video Contest Due 10-23-15 

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 American Freedom Essay Contest (US Constitution) is due (NEW CONTEST).

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 Masters Review Scary Story Contest Submission DUE (NEW CONTEST)

  • Hazleton Area High School Annual College Fair.  This year, the fair will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the HAHS gymnasium.  Please note that the fair will be closed for lunch between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

  • Tuesday, October13, 2015 Math League Test- (First of Six Tests)

  • Saturday, October 10, 20145SATs Test.  

  • Wednesday, October 7, 20145PA Renaissance Field Trip to Manheim, PA. (Very popular event - limited space- sign-up early, this event has a fee- last year it was $14.00).


  • BEFORE Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Elks Student of the Month Application is due

  • Monday, September 28, 2015 Questbridge Scholarship is due.   

  • Wednesday, September, 2014 PA Renaissance Lord & Lady Ceremony submission is due. This is very popular- open to seniors only one senior girl and one senior boy from each school (HAHS, HACC, HAAS) can participate.

  • DUE ASAP SIGN UP Now - One Senior Boy/One Senior Girl (nominate yourself) per school for the Lord & Lady Ceremony at the Renaissance Faire, must list your accomplishments and activities that you are interested in

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage Qualifying Test Competition.

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 WVIA Artist of the Week Application due to Mrs. Billet or Mr. Brennan. Application must be signed by advisor

  • Sept 15-Sept 24, 2015 Chipolte Super Short Book Report Due

  • September 2-11, 2015 Student Conferences- Individual and Small Groups, Students were given the Gifted Contract, Questionnaire, Tentative List of Activities, Renaissance Fare Trip Information, Renaissance Faire Sign Up, and Renaissance Faire Permission Slips were given out.


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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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