Parish Hill’s Girls Go Cyberstart Team Qualifies for National Championship! This
program has students delve into disciplines such as cryptography, digital forensics and
open source intelligence gathering and more as they compete with their fellow students
nationwide. The Parish Hill Pirates team consists of Angela Bojarski, Sam LaBelle,
Savannah Shannon, Kaylee Estremera, Liz Sweat, Rajchel Smardon and Kellee Leone.
The team formed a few years ago, but for the first time they have qualified for the
National Competition. The event takes place May 20th through the 21 st with a team of 4;
Bojarski, LaBelle, Shannon, And Estremera who have been part of the team from the
start. Club meetings were held after school where the girls played CyberSecurity games,
which are essentially puzzles. They also worked tirelessly at home on these
challenges. Congratulations to the team and good luck!
Parish Hill students have also participated in a virtual Model United Nations debate from
home. In response to the current pandemic, World Affairs Council (WAC) reached out to
high school students across the state and provided them with the opportunity to
participate in virtual Model United Nations debates. Students who signed up received
their country appointments and prepared their debate topics. These 2 hour simulations,
hosted via Zoom, put students in the middle of the action debating some of today’s most
pressing global issues while giving them an opportunity to develop an argument,
research global issues, and defend their research based resolutions. Parish Hill High
School has participated in the WAC MUN for ten years. During the school year,
students visit the United Nations in New York, prepare for their debates by researching
their topics and their assigned countries, and debate for a weekend in December.
PHHS also participates in two additional MUN conferences during the school year.
Connecticut Youth Forum keeps students connected during this pandemic as well,
holding virtual meetings through Zoom. This is an opportunity for students to share
concerns, opinions, and build friendships. Parish Hill has been a participant of
Connecticut Youth Forum for the past six years and we are pleased to have our students
continue their participation in this important program during this time of social distancing.
A community outreach program of The Connecticut Forum that for the past 25 years has
been providing unique opportunities for diverse teenagers to connect and engage with
each other across geographic, economic, social and racial divides.