Many Quarry Lane students participate and win awards in a variety of national, state and local competitions and have been recognized for outstanding achievement.
2015-2016 Student Hall of Fame
Toshiba ExploraVision 2016 Science Competition: 17 QLS middle school students win Honorable Mention awards for their achievement in their ability to combine creative and analytical thinking skills
Golden Gate Speech Association State Qualifying Tournament: Allen Abbott and Shreya De earned their way into the State Championships with their Dramatic Interpretation and Original Oratory presentations.
Golden Gate Speech Association State Qualifying Tournament: Freshman Saianurag (Sai) Karavadi goes undefeated through four rounds of Lincoln-Douglas debate qualifying him for the State Championships.
American Legion 1 Oratorical Contest: Senior Meha Ahluwalia received top honors, earning the title of overall champion and qualified to advance to the state level of competition.
National Catholic Forensic League State Qualifying Tournament: Ten Quarry Lane students qualified to compete at the NCFL National Tournament. In addition to qualifying for nationals, Joymaneet Kaur earned the title of overall champion debater while Isabelle Ruiz and Kathlyn Cheng were named overall champion duo team.
Harvard Model Congress: Quarry Lane students are recognized for at the 2016 San Francisco Harvard Model Congress event. UV Mahadeshawar and Kris Kanchi passed their vaccine bill; QLS junior Sena Adansi won an award for her performance at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sena, Harold Cha and Aneesha Kalur all receieved recognition for their work on the special Presidential Campaigns project.
Monte Vista GGSA Speech Tournament: Quarry Lane speech and debate continue its dominant season on the GGSA circuit, taking home a total of 19 awards from the event. Undefeated varsity division winners Tanishka Chellani and Meha Ahluwalia are among the stand-outs of the event.
California State Assembly Video Contest: QLS students Devika Oak and Ahana Sen are named two of the top three finalists in a video contest sponored by California State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
GGSA Speech Tournament: Jack Setchell, Isabella Ruiz and Allen Abbott earn awards as finalists in their speech categories at the GGSA Tournament held at Sonoma Valley High School.
House Congressional Debate Tournament: Ahana Sen sweeps first place in all three rounds and wins overall champion.
GGSA Debate Tournament: QLS Speech and Debate team turns in a record-breaking performance in the first tournament of the 2015-16 season, bringing home a total of 22 trophies.
GGSA Individual Event Tournament: QLS sophomores Isabella Ruiz and Jack Setchell are declared overall champions of the varsity event level, winning the Duo Interpretation category. Sophomore Allen Abbott earns third place in the varsity level Dramatic Interpretation category.
National Merit Scholarship Program: Quarry Lane senior Nehal Desai is selected as a 2016 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Nehal is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists chosen in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, seven QLS students were named among the 2015 National Merit Commended Students including Meha Ahluwalia, Megan Bindra, Megan Holt, Jason Lau, Ruhee Nirodi, Kaneeka Shenoy and Dane Quijano Sur.
2015 Broadcom MASTERS: Quarry Lane student Jeffrey Wisoff wins a place as a semifinalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS® - one of the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competitions for middle school students.
2015 Alameda County Fair Art Contest: Quarry Lane students earned a total of 84 awards at the 2015 ACF Art Contest records including one Best in Show and Best in Class, by Raine Corman, four Best in Class awards, four Judge's Favorite awards, 47 First Place awards, 29 Second Place awards, and eight Third Place awards.
2015 GGSA Novice Tournament: The all-freshman teams of Allen Abbott and Isabella Ruiz plus Witney Smith and Audrey McClure won trophies in their debate rounds. Fellow freshman Joymaneet Kaur and Tara Kumar, Jack Setchell and Kathlyn Cheng, and Catherine Tan and Sabrina Chiu all earned trophies with 3-1 records.
2015 National Spanish Examination (NSE): Six Quarry Lane students gained national recognition for their performance on the 2015 NSE. Rhea Mitr earned a gold medal; Neha Pant and Sebastien Degen earned silver medals; Abulhameed Karim earned a bronze medal; and Rajkumar Raghuram and Neda Farr earned Honorable Mention awards.
2015 Pleasanton Big Draw Chalk Art Competition: Quarry Lane's IB Junior Art students earned the Best in Show award for the team submission category.
2015 U.S. Geography Olympiad National Championship: Rhea Mitr wins first place in the Middle School Division - Subject Matter Expertise category, second place in the World Geography category, fourth place in the Quiz Bowl and was the fourth place winner in the Overall Middle School Geography Olympiad. Romal Mitr wins third place in the Elementary Division - U.S. Geography category and tenth place in the Overall Elementary School Geography Olympiad.
2015 National History Bee: Rhea Mitr earned a Championship Round Finalist standing after surviving five preliminary rounds among 600 competitors.
2015 American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME): QLS student Jacky Zhang ranked in the top third nationally among the small group invited to compete in the prestigious competition.
2015 National Geographic State Bee: QLS student Rhea Mitr takes fourth place at the state finals.
Santa Clara University Invitational Tournament: Allen Abbott placed second overall in the Dramatic Interpretation competition. Allen and partner Isabella Ruiz were double award winners in debate and speech. Other double award winners were Harsha Mudalier and Audrey McClure. Whitney Smith, Samantha Chen, Kathlyn Cheng, Jack Setchell and Shreya De also won debate awards. Out of 162 debate speakers, Harsha placed 3rd, Audrey placed 4th, Isabella placed 9th, Allen placed 12th, Shreya placed 16th and Ana placed 20th.
2015 Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair: Quarry Lane middle school students recieve a total of 39 awards including first, second, third, fourth and honorary mention. Click here for a full list.
2015 Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad: Quarry Lane team placed in three events, including first place in the Bungee Drop event.
Toshiba ExploraVision Science Competition: Fourteen QLS students recognized with Honorary Mention awards for their achievement in their ability to combine creative and analytical thinking skills. Click here for a full list.
2015 GGSA State Qualifying Tournament: Meha Ahluwalia and Tanishka Chellani teamed up to win the final round of competition; earning spots to represent the Golden Gate Speech Association in the California State Championship.
National History Bee Regional: Seventh grade student, Rhea Mitr, earns a spot to compete in the National Finals.
Northern California VEX IQ State Championship: Quarry Lane Lower Division Robotics takes first and second place and qualifies to compete in the National Championship. The team of Nicole Grethlein, Avery Kuo, Connor Ortiz, Justin Chan, Michael Li and Elan Murray took first place and the team of Edward Kim and Arya Sasikumar took second.
St. Simon VexIQ NorCal Qualifier Robotics Tournament: Quarry Lane Lower Division Robotics duo of Edward Kim and Arya Sasikumar take both the Teamwork Championship and Robot Skills award, placing them in 7th place nationally.
American Legion Oratorical Regional Competition: QLS junior Meha Ahluwalia wins third place and best overall speaker. Meha will represent Quarry Lane at the California State Qualifiers Tournament in the impromptu category.
American Legion Oratorical Contest: QLS junior Meha Ahluwalia earned second place and moves on to the regional level.
Golden Gate Speech Association Tournament: Allen Abbott took first prize overall in this dramatic interpretation category for the third straight time. Isabella Ruiz and Shrey De finished among all competitors in their original prose and original oratory divisions.
2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: QLS students Tara Tran, Jeffrey Wisoff and Neil Chatterjee win Honorable Mention awards for their writing submissions.
Golden Gate Speech Association Tournament: Meha and Manak Ahluwalia, Allen Abbott and Isabella Ruiz, Tara Kumar and Joy Kaur, Kathryn Cheng and Harsha Mudaliar, Jack Setchell and Shreya De, Inaara Walji and Eshna Kulkarni, Aneesha Kalur and Nehal Desai, Tara Tran and Sena Adenasi, Whitney Smith and Audrey McClure
Booksin Northern California VEX IQ Robotics Challenge: Fifth grade team of Arya Sasikumar and Edward Kim took first place in the tournament and received the highest overall score. Quarry Lane also received awards in Design and STEM.
Harvard Model Congress San Francisco Conference: Sena Adenasi - Committee Award, Aneesha Kalur - Honorable Mention, Senate
Martin Luther King National Speech Tournament: Allen Abbott finishes among the top 10 from a field of 130 competitors. Allen ranked 6th in the preliminaries and then ranked second among the semi-finalists.
FIRST® Robotics Competition - Walnut Creek Qualifying Tournament: Quarry Lane placed 2nd overall at the tournmanent. QLS placed 4th of 16 in the initial rounds and subsequently won the semi-finals and finals when paired with another team. Team members included: Joy Kaur, Haolin Sun, Zainab Manasawala, Julian Zarbakhsh, Arthur Cavalcanti, Daisy Li, Linguan Hwang (Cody). Students Lois Dzebissov and Abhishyant Khare assisted team efforts. (Upper School)
Quarry Lane Spelling Bee: Prisha Jain (7th Grade) Quarry Lane All-School Spelling Bee winner
Lower Division Robotics Team: VRC/VEXU Middle School Design Award at the 2nd Annual Northern California Bay Area VEX IQ Tournament.
Upper Division Robotics Team: VRC/VEXU Design Award at the South Bay VRC Middle School Tournament.
CodeDay Fall 2014: Seniors Abhishyant Khare, Andrew Morgan and Lois Dzebbisov took the "Best Overall App" award at the CodeDay Fall 2014 event in San Francisco with their app, Lemming Party.
41st Annual Japanese Speech Contest: Quarry Lane senior Lily Hsin took third place at the competition. The competition, sponsored by The Japanese Association of Northern California (Hokka Nichi Bei Kai) and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco.
Golden Gate Speech Association Tournement: The Quarry Lane team brought home 14 trophies in the Public Forum division of the tournament. Sophomores Eshna Kulkarni and Inaara Walji were one of only two Junior Varsity division teams to go 4-0. The following teams of freshman were also winners: Sophia Fingerhut and Isabella Ruiz, Whitney Smith and Audrey McClure, Allen Abbott and Jack Setchell, Tara Kumar and Joy Kaur, Samantha Chen and Ana Sumbo, Christina Doss and Nainika Krishnamsetty.
Partnerships In Action: The Quarry Lane team was award the All Team award for a second consecutive year.
Stanford Model UN Conference: Sophomore Yuvraj Mahadeshwar received the Outstanding Delegate award for his work as a representative from the United States in the World Health Organization committee. Seniors Abhishyant Khare and Scott Rowland received Verbal Commendation for their participation in committee; Abhishyant represented the Commander of the 1st Army Coprs in Bismarck's Cabinet and Scott portrayed the Syrian General of the Air Force Intelligence Unit in the Syrian Civil War committee.
National Merit Scholarship Program: Seven QLS students were named among the 2015 National Merit Commended Students including: Lois Dzebissov, Nikita Raina, Zareb Razvi, Michael Rusnak, Bhavani Sanagavarapu, Palak Suri, and Edward Wang.
Monte Vista Speech And Debate Institute Tournament - 2014 Junior August Camp: Hima Aramona placed first among the middle school and high school students in the congressional debate category and sixth place in parliamentary debate.