The Danbury High School class of 2015 has graduated. A ceremony was held last night at the state's largest high school. Principal Gary Bocaccio was among the speakers to address the 631 graduates. He commended them on their achievements, offered some advice and encouraged them to continue their education.
Athletic championships, educational competition wins and charity fundraising by the Class of 2015 were some of the accomplishments detailed by Bocaccio. The class raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Smile Train, Muscular Dystrophy, Military Heroes.
The DHS 2015 valedictorian is Steven Anthony Schwab.
Danbury High School's Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program took home the "Best Project Team" award at the 2015 National Rube Goldberg Machine contest in April. High school teams from all over the country competed at the national event. The contest challenges teams to build a machine to do a very simple task in a complicated way.
A group from Danbury High School took first place in Sikorsky STEM challenge, the second consecutive year that DHS students have taken first place in the contest. The 2015 Innovation Convention saw the team complete a humanitarian task while paired with Sikorsky engineers to solve the engineering design challenge. In this year’s challenge, students created a plan to deliver as much potable water as possible in a 72-hour period using the Corsair F4U-4. Officials say completing the task required an understanding of flight plans and FAA rules and regulations, forces acting on the plane both on the ground and in their air, as well as a complete risk analysis and a final report to summarize the research and solution.
The DHS Vex Robotics Team 5150 qualified three of its four robots for the final world championship in April. School officials say the 22- member team took tournament finalist with two robots and semifinalist with one robot at the Southern New England Regional Championships. One robot, the 5150D, came in second place for robot skills, scoring as many points as possible in one minute.