Welcome to my website! My name is

--* Gracie Sheng ***

Mass Academy Co2023

I'm a high school senior interested in math and computer science.
Click around to learn more about me!

Contact: gsheng@wpi.edu

. About .

Oboe
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I first encountered the oboe in the fifth grade music program at my elementary school, where I began to play in the school band. Since February of 2020, I have been taking lessons for oboe at David French Music in Westborough, MA. I have had the opportunity to be the principal oboist in orchestra and band at the Central District Music Festival as well as qualifying for the All-State Music Festival. I currently play with the WPI Orchestra. This coming season, I will be performing with the New England Conservatory of Music Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (MYWE). It will is my first time playing in an extracurricular group.

Piano
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I have been playing the piano since I was seven years old - first on a mini keyboard, then on an upright when I was ten. Currently I am working on pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Dohnanyi. Another fun fact: the piano is my mother's favorite piece of “furniture”.
This is a video of me playing Melancolie, FP 105 by Poulenc.

Iridium - Community Service
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Iridium Tutoring is a 501(c)(3) that provides free tutoring online. It was founded by me and my friends in 2020 and currently serves 350 students in Massachusetts. Over the past year, the volunteers at Iridium have served over 5000 hours to the community. We are working to further our impact across the New England region.

In the past year I have helped to organize free introductory coding classes at local libraries, algebra classes, and webinars in collaboration with student organizations at MIT and Boston University to give advice for high school academics and college applications.

Art
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Ever since I was little, I have always loved drawing and painting. Below is an oil painting I made in 2019 that won the 2020 Celebrating Art competition. I enjoy going to the MFA, especially when there are new exhibits.

. Academics .

Math
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Math is taught by Mr. Regele. Unlike in traditional high school math classes, we do not learn a full-year course on only Algebra or only Geometry or only Precalculus. Rather, the class focuses on problem solving strategies with an emphasis on modeling and presentation skills. Our problem sets are derived from the Park City Math Institute, Algebra Through Problem Solving, and Phillips Exeter math books.

Computer Science
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Computer Science is taught by Mrs. Taricco. At the beginning of the year, we learn HTML and CSS to create student websites like this one. Later, we learn Java and programming concepts to prepare for the AP Computer Science exam. Finally, we end the year with the Apps for Good project, which involves the development of an app over several months in a team setting.

STEM
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STEM is taught by Dr. Crowthers. STEM1 is a 5-month-long individual research project involving scientific and technical writing. STEM2 is a 3-month-long team project regarding assistive technology.

Physics
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Physics is taught by Mr. Ellis. The curriculum, incorporating concepts in both algebra and calculus, is aligned with the AP Physics curriculum. I am taking the calculus track, which covers with the AP Physics C: Mechanics and E and M exams. Much emphasis is placed on process over result, and this makes the class very enjoyable!

Humanities
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Humanities is taught by Ms. Small. The class combines English and history into one and explores the central question: what does it mean to be to human? We often have full-class discussions rather than lectures on readings, and this structure facilitates the development of a distinctive voice in writing.

Spanish
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Spanish is taught my Mrs. Wildfong. Before transferring to Mass Academy, I learned Latin at school. Since Mass Academy does not offer a Latin course, I was placed in a Spanish class, which is taught in an immersion style. Rarely are we expected to translate between Spanish and English. Instead, we must speak (and think!) solely in Spanish during class to maximize the learning experience.