Three ARHS Students Win Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

sawawardThree Amherst Regional High School students have been awarded national medals for the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Ava Blum-Carr received a Gold Medal for her oil painting “Detainees”, one of only three paintings from Massachusetts selected for that honor. Maya Durham won gold in the category of Comic Art for her drawing “The Last City”, and she is the only student in the state to win national honors in this category. Both Blum-Carr’s and Durham’s artworks address the refugee crisis. Ling Li won a Silver Medal for her drawing “Amalia” in the Drawing & Illustration category. All three works were created this fall in the Art Portfolio class led by teacher Ben Sears. Sears will also be honored as a Gold Medal Educator. Blum-Carr’s and Durham’s Gold Medal winning works will be on display at either Parsons, The New School for Design or the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. On June 8, 2017, the pair will be among those honored during a special awards ceremony live-webcasted from the world-famous Carnegie Hall.  You can see their artworks here.

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Attention Seniors: Scholarship Info

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Attention Seniors: Graduation Info

class-of-2017Are you getting ready for graduation? If yes, please see this important notice about graduation to help you prepare for the big day.

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TEAMS red tag lo res webThis year, Amherst Regional High School’s JETS Engineering Club entered six teams (47 students, grades 9-12) into the national Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAM+S).  ARHS has competed in the TEAM+S competition since 1989. TEAM+S is a national academic competition formally sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society and recently taken over by the Technology Student Association. More than 1,000 teams of students compete nationwide every year in a fun and fast-paced competition that inspires creativity, teamwork, critical thinking and valuable insight into the world of engineering.  The theme of this year’s competition was “Engineering the Environment.” Students worked in teams of 8 to complete a multiple choice test, a 1000-word essay, and finally a hands-on design/build challenge. You can see photos from this event here.

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Sene-Gambian Scholars Program Seeks Hosts

The Sene-Gambian Scholars Program (formerly known as the African Scholars Program) will be hosting groups of students and teachers from Dakar, Senegal, and Sifoe, The Gambia, from April 19 to May 4, as part of an ongoing exchange program.
The program needs several more hosts for students (especially boys) and teachers (men and women). Can you help? Hosting someone from another culture is a rewarding and educational experience, often creating long-lasting friendships.
If you might be interested in hosting a student or teacher from Senegal or The Gambia, please contact club adviser Kristen Iverson at
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Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship (Class of 2018)

whhIf you’re one of the 1.4 million high school athletes across the country that excels in the classroom, on the field and within your community, apply now.

Wendy’s High School Heisman is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors (Class of 2018) from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the U.S. We consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports as well as school and community activities.

To achieve award eligibility for the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman, students must be seniors during the 2017-2018 academic year, graduating with the class of 2018.

Click here to apply for Wendy’s High School Heisman.

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Project Graduation Update

project graduation2017 represents the 36th year of a totally fun Amherst High tradition: Project Graduation (also known as Senior Party).  Every year, on the evening after graduation, parents of both seniors and juniors have organized a great party to celebrate ARHS graduating seniors and give them a final chance to hang out and have fun.

This is not a school-sponsored event! It happens every year with a lot of help from parents, business donors, and the entire community.

Check out the website at:

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