Our Stratford Preparatory middle and high school students have been busy competing and taking home awards for their hard work and talents! In March, our students were recognized for their outstanding performance at the DECA State Career Development Conference, the Harker Math Invitational competition, and by the National Center for Women & Information Technology. In addition, Stratford Prep 9th grade student Parinaz Dastur was asked to present at the 68th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Conference!

Congratulations to our Stratford Prep Middle and High School students on their well-deserved success!

About DECA

The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) State Career Development Conference (SCDC) is an exciting event for high school students aspiring to be leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management careers. This year’s DECA SCDC event took place in Anaheim, CA, from March 7th-10th. It was the perfect opportunity for our students to gather for competitions, workshops, networking, and more. 

With 2500 students from across the state of California competing in individual and team events, we were pleased that our very own Stratford Prep High School student Adithya Prem was awarded 1st place in role play #1 and 7th place overall at the SCDC Entrepreneurship event. At SCDC’s Startup Business Plan event, Maanvitha Akella and Nicki Yazdi received 5th place, while Allison Choi and Kathy Zhi took 6th place overall. We could not be more proud of our future business leaders and entrepreneurs from Stratford Prep!

DECA SCDC: Stratford Prep Blackford High School Awards 

Entrepreneurship Event

  • Adithya Prem (10th Grade) – 1st place in role play #1
  • Adithya Prem (10th Grade) – 7th place in the overall event

Startup Business Plan Event

  • Maanvitha Akella (9th Grade) and Nicki Yazdi (9th Grade) – 5th place overall
  • Allison Choi (10th Grade) and Kathy Zhi (10th Grade) – 6th place overall

About Harker Invitational

Stratford Prep math enthusiasts were excited to make it to the 23rd Harker Invitational this year—an annual math competition run by Harker School for 6th through 8th graders. The competition was held on March 9th, 2024, with over 400 participants, the largest number of participants in the contest’s history!

Our Stratford School Blackford Prep Middle School Math Club came home with five awards from the Harker Math Invitational competition. Amidst stiff competition from over 20 schools, all of our grade level teams did a phenomenal job and received awards: 6th grade won 3rd place, 7th grade won 2nd place, and 8th grade won 3rd place. For the individual contests, Jason Bo claimed 1st place among 6th graders, and Yixin Xu secured 5th place among 7th graders. Kudos to our Middle School Math Club for their hard work and achievements!

Harker Invitational: Stratford Prep Blackford Middle School Awards

Team Awards

  • 6th grade – 3rd place
  • 7th grade – 2nd place
  • 8th grade – 3rd place

Individual Awards

  • Jason Bo (6th Grade) – 1st place
  • Yixin Xu (7th Grade) – 5th place 

Student Spotlight: Parinaz Dastur

We are delighted to spotlight Parinaz Dastur, a 9th grader at Stratford Prep Blackford, as we recognize her amazing recent accomplishments! Parinaz is an extremely bright and talented young individual who aspires to share her knowledge and passion with others to make a positive impact on her community.

Parinaz gave an inspirational presentation during a panel discussion on Strengthening Women’s Independence: Investing in Financial, STEAM & Health Education at the 68th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Conference, the United Nations’ largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Her presentation was titled STEAM, Gender Inclusion in Technology and Unlocking the Potential of Girls in STEAM. During this presentation, she was able to discuss her journey in STEAM along with her passion for mentoring other girls in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Part of Parinaz’s journey includes her TechTogether initiative to promote Computer Science education by starting an American Computer Science League team. TechTogether is a student-run nonprofit agency that equips and empowers marginalized genders to explore careers in technology.

Parinaz also participated in the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)  Aspirations in Computing competition—a competition that serves to give recognition to girls who have proven their aspirations in technology and computing with their experience, activities, and future plans. On March 18th, Parinaz won the NCWIT – 2024 San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Honorable Mention award. Parinaz’s hard work, dedication, and outstanding achievements are truly inspiring. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

To learn more about our Middle and High School programs, visit www.stratfordschools.com/our-programs.