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Dublin High School Student Coders Develop an App for Schools: Taking ‘Stay on Course’ from Idea to Reality

March 19, 2018

Stay on Course is a mobile application that helps high school students measure their progress towards fulfilling the requirements needed to graduate with their desired diploma.


The intent behind Stay on Course was to solve a problem faced by many of our peers at Dublin High School. We noticed that they were finding it difficult to keep track of their academic progress, volunteer hours, and extracurricular activities, which were necessary for them to graduate with their desired high school diploma. The current paper system is tedious, time-consuming, and not always at hand. In a survey we conducted, 4 out of 5 DHS students agreed that this is a problem, with 90% of respondents expressing interest in an app that would help them track their graduation progress.


Christy Koh (left) and Neha Harpanhalli (right)

Stay on Course alleviates this problem by allowing students to select the diploma they want to graduate with and helping them plan ahead to fulfill each graduation requirement for that diploma, by monitoring their coursework, volunteer hours, and participation in clubs and sports.

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Life at Tulane University – Nick Padnos’ Journey from a Dublin Gael to the Big Easy

March 16, 2018

IMG_0485NEW ORLEANS, LA–Dublin High School Class of 2016 graduate and former Dublin High Student Body President Nick Padnos is the next profile in our popular Life in College Series. Nick adds a new university to our portfolio of profiles – Tulane University in New Orleans where Nick is a Class of 2020 sophomore pursuing a degree in history. What was the decision process that led you to New Orleans and Tulane University?

Nick Padnos: “My aunt and uncle live in New Orleans, so I’ve visited the area a few times with my dad. I immediately fell in love with the city: the culture, the music, the spirit and definitely the food. New Orleans really is unlike anywhere I’ve ever visited, especially in the United States.

“During my second visit to New Orleans we decided to visit Tulane, which my uncle had attended, around the time I had to apply to colleges. The campus was absolutely beautiful, a terrific location only 15 minutes from downtown, and in in a wonderful area right across from Audubon Park.

“The combination of the city and the school made me want to come here for college. I applied for early admission, was accepted and was excited to start my college journey.” What makes the culture and people of New Orleans so unique? Read more…

Dublin High Senior Allison Loo Named 2017 Young Citizen of the Year for Founding Club that Comforts Children in Crisis

March 5, 2018

patch_logoDUBLIN, CA–On February 21, 2018, the City of Dublin named Dublin High School senior Allison “Ally” Loo as the 2017 Young Citizen of the Year. Allison is the founder of the Plushies Aimed to Comfort Hearts (PATCH) club at Dublin High School. A student-run club, PATCH has partnered with the CALICO center in San Leandro; the club collects stuffed animals and delivers them to children who have suffered abuse. Allison has demonstrated remarkable courage and resilience, bravely sharing her personal story of abuse and dedicating herself to making a positive difference in the lives of other children of abuse.


Allison was also recognized this past October at the 7th Annual Dreammakers and Risktakers Luncheon, which “salutes student entrepreneurs from the Tri-Valley region whose ideas hold the promise to change the world [and] showcases the talent and bravery of the next generation.”

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with this inspiring role model, who has taken a difficult personal experience and turned it into something positive.

What prompted you to share your story and start your own club dedicated to helping survivors of child abuse? Read more…

Life in Stanford University: Dublin High School’s Kyle Reed Discovers Product Design

March 2, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Our next Life in College profile shares the college journey of Dublin High School Class of 2016 alum and Stanford University sophomore Kyle Reed who is majoring in Product Design (part of Stanford Engineering). Kyle shares thoughtful advice on discovering your passion after starting college(even when you aren’t sure going in) and managing “imposter syndrome”.

kyle_3 What were the key reasons you decided to attend Stanford University?

Kyle Reed: “I applied and was accepted for early action to Stanford and as a result didn’t end up applying to the other colleges I was considering. I like that Stanford does not require you to declare a major unlike many colleges where you have to choose your major when you apply. Going into my freshman year I had no idea what I wanted to do and liked having the opportunity to find my path.

“I had an idea that engineering would be an area of interest, but I really had no idea and focused on taking individual classes that I found interesting. That approach really helped me discover where I would major.” Describe the process of going from undeclared to settling on a major. Read more…

Dublin High School Senior Challenges Dublin School Board to Support National Walkouts

February 27, 2018

Dublin High School Class of ’18 senior Evelyn Morehead presented this statement during the open comments portion of tonight’s Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Good evening, my name is Evelyn Morehead and I am a senior at Dublin High School. Students at Dublin High School are planning to walk out of class on March 14, the one month anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. We are also planning on participating in the National School Walkout on April 20th, which is the anniversary of Columbine.

As you may be aware, there have been multiple incidents of gunfire on school campuses since the beginning of 2018. Our Dublin community is not immune from issues concerning mental health and gun violence threats. As students, we feel helpless and know that without change, these acts of school violence will repeat themselves. So, we are tired of the status quo and as young adults we are taking a stand and demanding change. We are advocating for stricter gun laws and access to better mental health care. Students should only have to go to school with the worries of tests and quizzes, not with worries about their safety.

In the words of Emma Gonzalez, a student, survivor, and activist from Stoneman Douglas High School, “We are tired of practicing school shooter drills and feeling scared of something we should never have to think about. We are tired of being ignored. So we are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it just yet, and for those who will never speak again. We are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.”

I am here asking for your support of these students who will be walking out to protest school violence. I am asking that no student be looked down upon for their choice to participate or not participate. I am asking that all students be supported in their decisions of how to address this issue and advocate for change.

Related: Parkland Student Emma González Opens Up About Her Fight for Gun Control (Bazaar Magazine)



Life in Harvard University: Dublin High School’s Armaan Sengupta Explores Computer Science at the Ivy League

February 12, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Dublin High School Class of 2017 graduate Armaan Sengupta is a freshman at Harvard University currently pursuing a degree in computer science. Armaan was accepted to Harvard through the non-binding Early Action program, in which an admitted applicant is not obligated to enroll.


“While I was working on one of my entrepreneurial projects outside of Dublin High, I was able to get a summer internship at Harvard to work on a similar project,” Armaan recalls. “Throughout the six weeks I spent at Harvard, I fell in love with the campus and what it felt like being surrounded by a big city like Boston.

“After this experience, I decided I might as well apply to Harvard through Early Action, even though I had little hope of actually getting in,” he continues. “Finding out that I got into Harvard through Early Action during class at Dublin High School still holds as one of the best days of my life.”

Here, Armaan shares more about a typical day in the life of a Harvard student, and how his experiences at Dublin High School influenced him to pursue computer science at the Ivy League.

Neha Harpanhalli: When did you first become interested in computer science?
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Dublin High School Winter Arts Showcase Continues through February 16

February 9, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–There is a quiet, yet special event at Dublin High School that was survived and thrived over the years. It is a simple celebration of the arts that spotlights artwork from DHS students. One purpose of this event is to shine a light on the artistic craft of students that have chosen to feature their work in various forms of media. With the multitude of events – often converging across the academic calendar, it is important that we highlight this meteor across the sky – an event that will only run through February 16th in the “N” cluster of campus during lunch period.


Let’s take a step and understand the genesis of this program. We reached out to Visual Arts Instructor, Noel Sollom to gain a baseline of understanding. Noel explained that The Winter Show has been a part of the Visual Arts Department for as long as the DHS Gallery has been operational- since 1986. Having an on-campus gallery has been an incredible resource for students. Not only is it a space to celebrate and display student achievement, but it also functions as a classroom for learning about curatorial practice, professional art display techniques and becoming a patron of the cultural arts.

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