New Oasis students shine at CNU Regional High School Mathematics Contest

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New Oasis students shine at CNU Regional High School Mathematics Contest

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Some students can’t wait for the weekend, where they will get a break from the pressures of school, but 13 students at Cape Henry Collegiate School spent their Saturday competing in the Christopher Newport University Regional High School Mathematics Contest on Nov. 14.

Of all the students participating in the contest, primarily from public schools in the region, New Oasis students at Cape Henry took home a number of honors.

Grace Li was the highest scoring 11th grader, Cape Henry’s highest scorer and the third-highest scorer of all students who participated.

Cape Henry Collegiate had seven students place in the overall top-ten: Grace Li, Andy Hong, Daisy Zhang, Justin Dubik, James Tyler, and another who preferred not to be named.

Hong, Zhang, Li are are New Oasis students. James Tyler, a Cape Henry student, was the highest-scoring ninth-grade student.

Not only are these students bright and enthusiastic, they are considerate and respectful.  Tyler Faubert, who drove the students over and back, said each student shook hands with him and thanked him as they left the bus!

All participants in the competition were:  Tom Chen, Justin Dubik, Andy Hong, Grace Li, Nicole Rychagov, James Tyler, Daisy Yang, Daisy Zhang, Harry Zhang, Wenxi Zhang, and Frank Zhu.

Congratulations to all Cape Henry students for a successful weekend!

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Summer Activities Contest Winner: 3rd Prize

Summer Activities Contest Winner: 3rd Prize- $1000 (2 winners)

During the summer of 2015, for the first time in the history of New Oasis International Education, students were able to participate in the Annual Summer Activities Contest.

The New Oasis Summer Activity Contest was designed to engage high school students to participate in quality summer activities in any field of interest to them. Students were encouraged to participate as individuals, or as a team.

Throughout the next several days, we will announce the winners.

3rd prize: Amanda Fan’s “Summer Volunteer Teaching Project”

Amanda Fan

Amanda Fan, Battle Ground Academy student, and her friend Hillary Chan began a project last year to help students in rural China stay in their hometown. The goal is to make this a long-term, annual project.

Currently, her program is successful. Last year, there were 40 students at different grades, from 4th grade to 8th grade. That was a 10-day-long project during her summer vacation.

This year, there were 52 students from one class at grade six. That was a 7-day long project at the end of students’ semester.

Fan and Chan split time equally teaching students English and Listening Comprehension, and surveyed the students following the class to collect feedback on how to improve the class for future years.

Fan created a video to summarize her project. It can be found at https://vimeo.com/135110745.

3rd Prize: Sharon Qian’s “Chinese Paper-Cutting”

Sharon Qian paper-cutting final report 3 Sharon Qian, student at Charlotte Country Day School, spent half of her day, for three weeks, learning Chinese paper-cutting from master-Zhang, a famous paper-cutting master in China. Zhang’s cuts were used in the Chinese Spring Festival, and he has been invited to more than 15 countries to spread and share the culture of Chinese paper-cutting.

After learning herself, Qian created five online video courses and posted them on YouTube.

In addition, she volunteers in her school’s lower school to teach the art of Chinese paper-cutting to the children.

The following are the videos Qian posted:

Lesson 01: Introduction and background information https://youtu.be/KBhm1sZwwzI

Lesson 02: Butterflies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkwPTP-k2Kw

Lesson 03: “Chuang Hua” (window decoration) http://youtu.be/yWrFvi9Wfgs

Lesson 04: Frogs https://youtu.be/a1WLO8MlYJI

Lesson 05: Owls https://youtu.be/vy7nA0P5iaA

Her first attempt was one of the most basic figures in Chinese paper-cutting, a butterfly.

Sharon Qian paper-cutting final report

 

As Qian learned, her figures became more complex:

Sharon Qian paper-cutting final report 2Sharon Qian paper-cutting final report 3

Sharon Qian paper-cutting final report 4Sharon Qian paper-cutting final report 5

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Inaugural Summer Activities Contest Winner: 2nd Prize

During the summer of 2015, for the first time in the history of New Oasis International Education, students were able to participate in the Annual Summer Activities Contest.

The New Oasis Summer Activity Contest was designed to engage high school students to participate in quality summer activities in any field of interest to them. Students were encouraged to participate as individuals, or as a team.

Throughout the next several days, we will announce the winners.

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2nd prize ($2000): Rena Gao’s “Morocco: The Colorful Nation”

When Ravenscroft School student, Rena Gao, visited Morocco this past summer, she was immediately struck by the colors throughout the streets.

Gao spent her summer in Rabat, in a specific area known as “Old Medina.” Medina consists of countless, intertwining, narrow streets with walls painted in bright colors.

Gao submitted an essay, which she divided into five colors, each depicting an aspect of Moroccan culture she found interesting.

In her own words, here are the colors Gao chose, and an excerpt of her essay for each:

Orange (family):

“When I first arrived in my host family who lived in a typical well-constructed riad in the middle of the maze-like Medina, they were having a funeral for my host sister, Sarah’s uncle. The living room was full of people sitting on sofas and the whole house was filled with different pitches of talking.

Overwhelmed by the crowd, who were all dressed in an unfamiliar style and speaking an unfamiliar language, I chose to hide in my room unpacking. Soon, there was knocking on the door followed by an influx of girls of different ages, looking shy but eager…”

“…Musique! Musique! Musique!”  They chanted after discovering the lists of songs on my phone. Therefore we started to dance. All the timidity ten minutes ago vanished and transformed into unique dance moves and lightened-up eyes. They hugged me and combed my hair as if we were family who had known each other for years. And yes we are family at first sight.”

Black to White (Religion):

“Islam is the most popular religion in the country. Most of the women wear Muslim headscarves in public. Nowadays, all the news stories involving Islam only report the terrible deeds of Islamic terrorist

groups. I, as well as many people who know little about this religion, tended to view people in traditional Islamic clothes and head scarves as dangerous, but ignorance leads to incorrect suspicions. No matter how tolerant we think of ourselves, the one­-sided media has heightened the presence of a negative stereotype toward Islam. I was scared when I first walked into my host family where al of the women wore head scarves. However, many of these “scary” women came up and greeted me ‘salam alaykum,’ which means “peace upon you…”

“…I have only grasped a little of this complicated and fascinating religion, but my understanding of it has gone from complete ignorant “black” to a clearer “white.”

Red (food):

“Red represents energy, passion and love. Do you know how and what Moroccans eat?

At my first meal there, I saw, in total surprise and horror, that my host family all used their hands to grab food from the same container. Uncomfortable and doubtful as I was with the idea of handling my food with my hands, I was too hungry to resist the gourmet on the table. That was when I fell in love with the Moroccan way of eating. Because we all ate from the same dish, we had to sit closer to each other and the intimacy among people naturally increased. The thrill of eating increased drastically when there were no middle-men such as forks, spoons or chopsticks standing in the way between you and food…”

Yellow (people):

“Yellow represents happiness, joy and cheerfulness. Moroccan people are the warmest and most welcoming ones I have ever encountered. Their way of greeting people is two kisses on the cheeks and a big hug, even if you have just met…”

“…If I smile at strangers on the street, they would smile back and sometimes even wittily blink at me. When I struggle with the shoe-keeper to figure out the price, someone nearby would kindly lend a hand to explain to me in English or French…”

“Before my expedition to this magical country, I thought Morooco and Manoc were the same thing. Now when I think of Morocco, I remember the colorful streets, my enthusiastic host family, the religion, their unique food, and the nice, welcoming people. This northern African country is no longer just a irregular shape on the globe, it has captured my eyes, tongue and soul. I revisit this homey place all the time in my dream. It has been calling me to come back.”

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