BUA Junior Wins First Place at Harvard Global Health & Leader Conference

BUA junior Aditya Venkatesh '23 presented a proposal entitled "Learning to Love Learning: A Positive Feedback Loop Approach to Combating Procrastination" at Harvard's Global Health and Leader Conference on April 23-24 as part of the Community Pitch Competition, in which students research and design a health-related project that they want to implement in their home communities. Aditya's pitch, which focused on the topic of procrastinative behaviors in middle- and high-school students, won first place. Aditya hopes to implement research-based methods to combat procrastination, including meditation and mindfulness techniques, in schools and in greater Boston communities at large. The proposal stems from an article Aditya wrote in his freshman year at BUA entitled  "Understanding procrastination through action control," which was a top 50 winner of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA)'s Brevia Research Writing Competition. Aditya writes: "This project is very near and dear to my heart. I started thinking about this project... More

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Music Instructor Dr. Brett Abigana Builds BUA its Own Organ

Over the past many months, BUA Music Instructor Dr. Brett Abigaña has been toiling away in his basement, building BUA its very own organ -- a thing of beauty and a true labor of love. In a note to the BUA community on April 29, Dr. Abigaña wrote: "We have a lot of very cool stuff here at BUA. But if there was one instrument we’ve never had but could really use, it was an organ. In the past, we would have spring concerts at Marsh Chapel, and we were lucky enough to use their beautiful Casavant organ. But we have since outgrown that space, and have found ourselves limited by not having access to a large organ we could call our own. So when the pandemic shut the music room doors, I decided I’d use the time to our advantage, and two years later, BUA is the proud owner of... More

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BUA Welcomes Robert O’Rourke as Next Director of College Counseling

In an April 28 letter to the BUA community, Head of School Chris Kolovos announced the appointment of Robert O'Rourke as BUA's next director of college counseling. He writes: After a highly competitive nationwide search, I’m delighted to announce that Mr. Robert O’Rourke will be joining BUA as our next Director of College Counseling beginning in July. Mr. O’Rourke comes to us from Groton School, where he has served as Associate Director of College Counseling since 2014, partnering with hundreds of students and families in the college process and forming deep connections with colleges and universities around the country and overseas. He has also made it a point to be deeply engaged in the broader school culture, serving as the Director of Community Engagement with oversight of the school's service initiatives; leading global education trips to the Dominican Republic, India, and South Africa; and teaching an Ethics course to seniors. Before... More

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BUA Junior Wins Inaugural Antonis Fragoudakis Memorial Award

Boston University's Department of Classical Studies named BUA junior Emmanuel Smirnakis '23 the inaugural winner of the Antonis Fragoudakis Memorial Award. The award, established in 2022 and funded by a generous gift from Prof. Roselita Fragoudakis in memory of her father,  will be given out annually to a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the study of Modern Greek language and culture at Boston University. Read more about the award here. Mega kudos to Emmanuel on this remarkable achievement.

Celebrating BUA’s Global Community at Be Together Event

On Friday, April 8, over 200 students, parents, siblings, faculty, and staff gathered in a transformed BUA gym to for the school's first in-person community event in over two years! Families contributed a wealth of dishes from all over the globe, from Chinese moon cakes and Ethiopian injera, to Lebanese kishk pies and Norwegian lefse. Performances included Bollywood dance, songs from the BUA Music Fusion Club, Greek folk music from Head of School Chris Kolovos and his father, Demetrios Kolovos, and more! It was so wonderful to be together once again, and we look forward to making this event an annual tradition. Thank you to all the volunteers and performers who provided their time, talent, and the many delicious treats! View a photo gallery of the Be Together event here.


BUA Student Artists Win Accolades in SISAL Art Show

Congratulations to this year's Small Independent School Arts League Art Show (SISAL) winners: 1st Place - Drawing: Michelle Qian ‘24 1st Place - Photography: Sitarah Lakhani ‘22 3rd Place - Digital Art: Angie Zhong ‘22 Honorable Mention - Drawing: Robbie Mulroy ‘24 Honorable Mention - Digital Art: Ava Brilman ‘25 If you missed the virtual SISAL Awards Art Show on April 8, watch the complete recording here. View the winning artwork below:

BUA Students Win Congressional App Challenge

BUA's Tanay Nambiar '22 and Rohan Biju '23 won the Congressional App Challenge for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District, represented by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, with their Ping app. Ping centralizes all flood-related communication through the use of a map; users can mark the location of a flood, an obstruction, or flood relief camps or can request resources like shelter, boat transportation, or food. Watch Tanay and Rohan explain their Ping app in this video. Winners of the Congressional App Challenge will have their app displayed US Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives website. Rep. Pressley tweeted: "Congratulations to Boston University Academy's Tanay Nambiar & Rohan Biju, the creators of the Ping App, for winning the #MA7 Congressional App Challenge! Your visionary & important concept will help countless people navigate disaster flooding." Read the official press release from Congresswoman Pressley's office here. 

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7 BUA Seniors Identified as Presidential Scholar Candidates

Seven members of the BUA Class of 2022 have been identified as candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program. Each candidate has the opportunity to complete an application for further consideration. The US Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Kudos to the candidates on this well-earned recognition!

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BUA Wins Accolades in 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

BUA senior Sitarah Lakhani '22 won a Regional Gold Key in the 2021-2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her piece entitled “She's Golden” in the category of Digital Art. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens, and is presented in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and the Boston Globe Foundation. Since 1923, the Awards have recognized some of America’s most celebrated artists while they were teenagers, including: Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Idelle Weber, Ken Burns, Paul Chan, and Kay WalkingStick. "She's Golden" will be exhibited virtually on the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Regional Online Exhibition in March 2022. In addition, Sitarah's Gold Key work will be reviewed at the national level in New York City by panels of creative professionals and will be considered for National Medalist status.  Rohan Biju '23, received two... More

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BUA Senior Named 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar

BUA senior Zoe Xi '22 was named one of the top 300 scholars in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Zoe's project, entitled "Approximation Algorithms for Dynamic Time Warping on Run-Length Encoded Strings," focuses on dynamic time warping (DTW) distance algorithms under the guidance of Bill Kuszmaul, an MIT computer science PhD candidate advised by Professor Charles Leiserson. She writes: "DTW is a well-known similarity measure for comparing strings that encode time series data. DTW distance was first introduced by Taras Vintsyuk in 1968, who applied it to the problem of speech discrimination. In the decades since, it has become one of the most widely used similarity heuristics for comparing time series in applications such as bioinformatics, signature verification, and speech recognition. One of the most fundamental questions concerning DTW is how to compute it efficiently. The classical algorithm for computing DTW... More