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1. Academic World Quest
Students in Grades 9-12 work in teams to test their knowledge of world geography, international and current events. This interscholastic event is held in March at the University of Pittsburgh.

2. American High School Mathematics Exam
This written competition focuses on challenging students in Grades 9-12 with difficult mathematics problems. There are two divisions: AMC 10 & AMC 12. Students who take the AHSME can qualify for the next level of competition, The American Invitational Math Exam. Both exams are given in February of each year. Two additional levels of math competition are also available if students qualify. School winners of each exam have their names engraved on a school plaque displayed in the BHS Library. Some prestigious universities request students' scores on these exams.

3. Apprenticeships
Each year, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit offers students in Grades 10-12 the opportunity to explore various professional careers such as engineering, journalism, and drama/playwriting. The apprenticeships usually meet once a month at various local businesses, institutions or other sites.

4. Carnegie Science Fair
Students in Grades 6-12 can conduct original science research and present their findings at the annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair held. annually in April.

5. Dual Enrollment
For students who have completed their sophomore year with a GPA of at least 3.0, Duquesne University offers college courses that can be completed on Saturdays, evenings and summers through its ACHI (Advanced Credit Honors Initiative program). The rate per credit for qualifying students is $111. Tuition and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Similar programs exist at CCAC and other local colleges and universities.

6. Future City
A team of 3 students in Grades 7-8 conducts research on an issue of the future and incorporates it into a 3-dimensional display of a future city. Student teams are required to present an oral explanation of their city before a panel of engineers at the Carnegie Music Hall in this annual event held in January.

7. Geo Expo
Students in Grades 6-8 research a topic and connect it to an annual theme chosen by the National Geographic Society. Tri-board displays are created and presented at an all-day event where students also engage in geography-related competitions and listen to international affairs speakers. A leadership opportunity exists for students in Grades 9-12 to assist at this annual May event by acting as hosts, scorekeepers and display judges,.

8. History Bowl
This annual team-based competition is open to student teams in Grades 6-8. Held at the Heinz History Center in October, participants solve history-related problems using the various exhibits at the Center.

9. Invention Convention
Held in March at Duquesne University, the excitement of creative problem solving is experienced by students in Grades 6-8 who participate in this event. Individually, each student develops a solution to an ordinary problem, builds a model of the solution, and creates an advertisement for it. Awards are given for the best inventions at each grade level. Leadership opportunities exist for high school students to assist at this event.

10. Model United Nations
This team-based simulation of the United Nations invites students in Grades 9-12 to research issues of an assigned country, develop solutions to problems involving the country and work with other UN delegations to write and present resolutions. Model UN is offered in November at the University of Pittsburgh and in January at Duquesne University.

11. National History Day
This is a regional, state and national competition for students in Grades 6-12. Working individually or in groups, students make connections from the past to the present through their research of a specific topic. Applying their research to an annual theme, the students present their completed videos, papers, projects, and performances at the History Center in April. Winning research presentations advance to Penn State to compete at the state level in May and then to University Park, Maryland for a national competition in June.

12. Online Courses
High School seniors who are in need of an English course to graduate have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of English courses offered online by several universities.

13. Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence
The Governor's Schools are five-week-long residential summer programs for students in Grades 10-12. Conducted on various college campuses throughout Pennsylvania, the programs provide expert instruction/experience in Agricultural Sciences, the Arts, Global Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Information Technology, International Studies, Science and Teaching. The competition is intense for acceptance into any of the Schools. Applications must be submitted by December.

14. Reading Festival
In April, groups of sixth grade students meet at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to celebrate Reading. After reading 4 novels in their Reading class, the students converge at the AID to participate in several activities related to the theme of the novels read.

15. Renaissance Festival
Students in Grades 6-12 have the opportunity to attend an enrichment field trip to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival in New Stanton, PAin September. Admission and bus fare are the students' responsibility.

16. Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Sponsored by the Engineer's Society of Western P A, Carnegie Science Center and Westinghouse Corporation, this annual competition held at the Science Center in December invites student teams in Grades 9-12 to design and construct a machine to accomplish a simple task in at least 10 steps.

17. Science Bowl
In January, teams of students in Grades 6-8 work to solve science- related problems using the exhibits and resources of the Carnegie Science Center.

18. Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest

Students in Grades 6-12 prepare and present Shakespearean monologues or scenes on-stage at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in February. Each participating student is awarded with a t-shirt and theater tickets. The public is invited to attend a performance of the finalists in this annual competition.

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