Among College Students and Professionals, Milton Seniors Win First Prize at MIT’s Hackathon

hackathonNeekon Vafa (I) and Harry Kwon (I) took their computer programming skills to a whole new level when they participated in—and placed first at—MIT’s Internet of Things Hackathon earlier this month. A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and software developers collaborate intensively on software projects. 

“The spirit of a hackathon isn’t competitive,” says Harry. “Everyone goes there to learn, even the most experienced programmers.”

Most of the attendees are working professionals; Neekon and Harry were the only high school students participating. Over the summer, Neekon added his name to MIT’s waitlist after researching various hackathons. The night before the two-day event, Neekon received word that he was in, with a couple of extra tickets included. 

The event kicked off with team leaders pitching their projects. Participants then choose which team they wanted to join. Neekon and Harry picked the “Perfect Playlist” project, which involved programming dynamically adjusting playlists that use sensors to read the atmosphere of the room. For example, at a house party, the sensors might pick up that it’s time to play a dance song.

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Josie Wilson (I) Breaks Cross Country Course Record

jw-web-record_smOn October 25, Josie Wilson (I) broke the five-year girls’ course record in cross country with a time of 19:36 at Cunningham Park, beating the old record by seven seconds. This is Josie’s first season with the team; she previously spent her fall season on the varsity soccer fields. The weather challenged Josie and her teammates on Saturday; occasional downpours soaked most of the course in several inches of water. Milton’s newest record holder talks running and strategy:

Q: Why did you decide to make this your first season running cross country?

JW: I've always liked to run, and I have run distance track at Milton since freshman year. Last year my times in track improved significantly. This was the first summer in four years that I didn’t spend at sleep-away camp, so I decided to sign up for a running program called Emerging Elites, to stay in shape. After a summer of training, I realized that I was probably better at running than I was at soccer. I had played soccer for fourteen years, and I loved being a part of the “Wolfpack,” so it was a difficult decision for me to make. I ultimately decided to join the cross country team because I'd put a lot of time into training, and it seemed like a waste not to do anything with it. I wanted to see how strong a runner I could become. 

Q: When did you realize you might have a chance at the course record? Was that your goal coming into the season?

JW: I realized that I had a chance at the School record after the first home meet, when I ran a 20:03. I knew that the school record was 19:43, so I realized the time was within my reach. After that meet, breaking the record became one of my goals.

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Searching for the Holy Grail in King Theatre

SpamalotThis weekend, Milton's Knights of the Round Table fill King Theatre with Broadway-style song and dance as they search the kingdom for the Holy Grail in Monty Python's Spamalot. The quest begins Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 1, at 7 p.m.

Click on the link below to try your hand at Spamalot trivia.

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King Arthur and his knights search for the Holy Grail in Monty Python's Spamalot. The quest begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.
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Millet House girls compete in the annual pumpkin carving contest. The winning team went Where the Wild Things Are

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Lounging on couches and feet dangling between rails of the second floor balcony in Straus, students watch their classmates’ artistic talents at the Beatnik Café.

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Class IV students learn to rely on one another during a "trust fall" exercise. Watch the fall.

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