Parkway e-News Story

Parkway Students Dominate in Vocabulary Challenge

Photo courtesy of Charter Communications
Sharifah Sims-Williams (left) of Charter Communications presents Rajiv Tarigopula of West High with a check for $5,000.
Twelve Parkway students qualified to participate in a war of words recently, and two West High students came out victorious. The regional tournament of National Vocabulary Championship (NVC), sponsored by the Princeton Review, featured the top 88 vocabulary students from nearly 40 area high schools who competed for money toward college and an opportunity to advance to the NVC finals in Los Angeles scheduled for March 2008.

Showing talent under pressure, Parkway students won seven of 10 second-round slots and four of five in the final round. Rajiv Tarigopula, of West High, won first place and a check for $5,000 and Stephanie Connolly, also of West High, took third place. 

The following students, by high school, qualified for the competition:
Central - Will Hack, Joy He and William Sun (coaches Jason Lovera and Sean Rochester)
North - Jenny Bower, Shellie (Michelle) Kreter, and Punit Vachharajani (coach LuAnn Fallahi)
South - Kelli Dennehy, Tim Hassett and Laura Maguire (coach Mike Hopkins)
West - Stephanie Connolly, Marilyn Piccirillo and Rajiv Tarigopula (coach Jeff Dee)
Clips of the event will be shown later this month on CCIN Charter cable channel 3.