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• Perkiomen Valley High School senior Aaron Yeiser won second place in the prestigious national Regeneron Science Talent Search held in March . Aaron was one of 40 finalists chosen to compete at the national level , where he shared his project with the public and judges . Aaron ’ s project , “ A Next Generation Partial Differential Equation Solver ,” provided a new method for solving differential equations that promises to increase the efficiency of numerical simulations . These simulations are used in science and engineering to model structural stability , heat transfer and electromagnetic fields . Aaron was awarded $ 175,000 for his second place finish in the Talent Search .
• Kira Brice , Bradley Delaney , Anne Glodek , James Haasis , Maura Jaeger , Rose Lapiska , Zachary Love , Casey McMullin , Vibhuti Mishra , David Nielsen , Paul Torrillo , and Alexander Wirth were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program .
• The Perkiomen Valley High School Girls Cross Country Team won the Pioneer Athletic Conference Championship , went on to win the District 1-AAA Championship , and placed third in the PIAA State Championship meet . Team member Annie Glodek finished fifth in

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the state championship meet and won her third consecutive Individual PAC Cross Country Championship this year as well .
• Perkiomen Valley High School tennis players Jasmine Morris and Allison Newman won their second consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference Championship in Girls Tennis Doubles .
• The Perkiomen Valley High School football team finished the season as Pioneer Athletic Conference Champions with a 12-1 record . In addition , team members Stephen Sturm and Justin Jaworski were named as the Pottstown Mercury ’ s Football Co-Players of the Year .
• South Elementary School was selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Title I Distinguished School , and was formally recognized at the 2017 Title I Improving Schools ’ Performance Conference on Jan . 30 . Title I Distinguished Schools are selected based on achievement and growth data as measured by the PSSA , as well as on participation and graduation / attendance objectives . Only 179 schools across the state are selected to receive this designation .
• Perkiomen Valley Middle School student Matthew Levin raised over $ 1,700 for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit ’ s Hearing Support Program . Matthew took an immediate interest in a fundraising event called the “ Walk 4 Hearing ” after being introduced to it by IU teacher Jill Christopher .
• Perkiomen Valley High School Girls Distance Medley Relay Team won first place in their event at the 2017 Pennsylvania Track and Field
Coaches Association Indoor State Championship . At the same event , teammate Christina Warren placed third in triple jump , fourth in hurdles and seventh in long jump at the same meet .
• Perkiomen Valley High School student Patrick Davis won a “ best of show ” award in the Best Fresh Design category of the Pennsylvania Farm Show ’ s Agricultural Education Horticulture competitions . Only five “ best of show ” winners are awarded in this category . Patrick also received first place awards in Miniature Succulent Garden and Hospital Arrangement categories , as well as a fourth place award in the Living Wreath for a Table category .
• Lillian Miller , an eighth-grade student at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East , won a first place award at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Fair . Lillian conducted a micro-biology research student titled “ Microfiber Pollution and Microbial Microenvironments ”.
• The Perkiomen Valley High School Boys Basketball Team won the Pioneer Athletic Conference Championship . The team also went on to compete as the Number 1 seed in the District 1 Tournament , won a PIAA Class 6A Tournament game , and went on to a state semi-final game .
• Alumni Nick Steinman and Peter Dingley donated works of art to the permanent art collection at Perkiomen Valley High School .
• Perkiomen Valley Middle School East student Gabby Vullings , a competitive dancer with On Edge Movement Dance Company , won multiple awards with her team in jazz , musical theater , hip hop , lyrical and contemporary categories .
• 32 Perkiomen Valley High School students graduated from the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week program – making our high school one of those with the highest number of graduates in the state .
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