Congratulations to Jose Canas '14 who recently served as the associate producer for "Nightbooks," a film based on the 2018 horror-fantasy children's book of the same name by J. A. White, which is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, on Netflix.
Over the summer, Enzo Menditto '22 competed in several Club 420 sailing regattas that have traditionally captured the attention of college recruiters at some of the most prestigious universities in the country.
When low grades show up on homework assignments (and they do), students, parents, and teachers can become anxious about the problem and may resolve to tactics that appear to yield quick results. It may be more effective to have a discussion in which we recognize the student's own disappointment and work together to develop a plan of action for improvement.
Westminster has been recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School once again! There are only 38 schools in the country that share this title, and Westminster is now the only school to earn this recognition for five consecutive years.
Emerald Scholars are exceptional high school students who are driven to seek academic challenge and enrichment. Congratulations to the following students who have earned a place in the highly-regarded program for the 2021-22 school year:
Standing at the entrance of the new Lighthouse auditorium, you would have seen a stream of smiling eyes and a kaleidoscope of motley-colored face masks streaming by as kids quickly moved to their seats for the first chapel of the year. In a word, it felt like, “Anticipation!”
Congratulations Claudia Pastrana, Westminster's PLTW Launch and Enrichment teacher, for earning the 2021-22 PLTW Outstanding Teacher of the Year award! Only 79 teachers across the nation received this honor.
As we kick-off our 60th Anniversary, we are gathering alumni stories, photos, news clippings, videos, and more for our celebration wall. To share stories Click Here, and if you’d like to share a video message or photos, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you will participate.
Despite the many challenges brought on by the pandemic, Westminster Christian School Athletics had a banner year! A record six teams won Regional championships and advanced to their state tournament finals, and one team brought home the State title.
Congratulations to Ella Hannon ’21 for being chosen by the Pinecrest Tribune as one of Pinecrest’s Positive People! While at Westminster, Hannon was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, the Foreign Language Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, the National Honor Society and she’s on the executive board for the National English Honor Society.
Congratulations to Isabella Valdes ’21 for being chosen by the Pinecrest Tribune as one of Pinecrest’s Positive People! Valdes was the first Scholastic Gold Key recipient in film at Westminster, was president of the Thespians club and a volunteer at Farm Share.
Congratulations to Phillip "PJ" Newcomm ’22 for being chosen by the Pinecrest Tribune as one of Pinecrest’s Positive People! Newcomm is a biomedical engineering volunteer at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and founded a club at Westminster called WCS Kids for Kids which creates videos, handmade gifts and more to entertain sick children at the hospital.
The Song of the Warriors Club helped East Ridge Senior Living Community celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way this year! They packed handmade, COVID-friendly gift bags and delivered them to the moms at East Ridge.
Congratulations to Andrew “AJ” Kern ’21 for being chosen by the Pinecrest Tribune as one of Pinecrest’s Positive People! Kern was on Westminster’s varsity lacrosse team and volunteered at Old Presbyterian Church’s summer camps.
Congratulations to Nina Cuesta ’21 for being chosen by the Pinecrest Tribune as one of Pinecrest’s Positive People! Cuesta tutored children with disabilities at the TPAC Center and volunteered at the obstetrics unit at Jackson South.
During this year's State competition in Naples, FL, the elementary school robotics teams came home with seven awards. The REC Foundation also awarded five World bids at the competition, and Westminster won them all!
Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Westminster's 2021 Silver Knight Nominees! The Miami Herald's Silver Knight Awards program recognizes students from Miami-Dade and Broward County who represent academic excellence and have contributed greatly to community service projects within their schools and communities.
Congratulations to Rachel Burke '22 who was named an Award of Excellence high school winner at the Florida Art Education Association's (FAEA) annual 2021 K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition for her photograph, "Reflecting on Reflection." She was one of 12 in the state to earn this honor, and only one of four in Miami-Dade county.
Congratulations to Charis Davis '22, Ana Vega '21, and Camila Valdes '23, whose artwork was juried into the prestigious 2021 Statewide Dali Student Surrealist Art Exhibition: "Delusions, Desires, and Delicacies."
Four student have been selected to advance to the finals of the 20th Annual Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase. Artwork from Nina Cuesta '21, Claire Kennedy '21, Kiki Simmons '21 and Julia Brown '22 have been selected by jury and will be showcased on www. beauxartsfestival.com.
Parents are invited to attend the WCS Spring Association Meeting on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse Performing Arts Center (PAC). The WCS Board of Trustees and school administrators will be updating you on the school finances, advancement successes, campus improvements, and a proposed improvement to the bylaws. In addition, you will have the opportunity to vote for two new members of the WCS Board of Trustees.
As a reading incentive, the library challenged middle school students to read from a list of 22 books in the Winter Reading Challenge Bookopoly Contest. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade participated in the contest and read a total of almost 10,000 pages!
After competing and earning a spot in last year’s VEX Robotics World Competition, our middle school robotics team, 33157A, was given the opportunity to enter this year’s Encore Online Challenge. The challenge was intended to reward teams that made it to Worlds last year and have continued their hard work this year.
Westminster’s Connect4Cancer Club brought joy to the children at the Ronald McDonald house for Easter. Club members decorated and filled 25 bags with colorful markers, coloring books, play-doh and a fluffy Easter bunny stuffed animal. They also wrote and decorated an Easter card for each child which was included in the craft bag.
This month, 12 students participated in a virtual conference for Model UN hosted by Florida International University. The students were challenged to find solutions for climate change, bioterrorism and human rights violations.
The Westminster high school and middle school thespians have made State history. The high school students’ one-act play, “Just Like Us,” was selected to represent all of the schools in Miami-Dade County and went on to be awarded the highest rating of “Superior” in the State competition! In addition, Westminster won the most state awards ever: five Superiors and six Excellents (see the list below).
The Middle School qualified 12 events for State competition; five received an Excellent rating and seven received a Superior rating. And, for the first time, Westminster students were awarded, not one, but two, “Best In State - Critics Choice” awards! One of these awards went to sixth graders for “Thirty Reasons Not to be in a Play!”
Congratulations to the following students for their hard work and dedication to their craft, and to Theater Director Andre Gordon, Theater Assistant Katy Milian, and Film Adjunct Ralphie Fernandez:
Members of Westminster's scuba diving club, Underwater Warriors, recently spent the weekend in Key Largo on a dive trip. In addition to the recreational dives that happened on the reef, four new divers were trained and introduced to the underwater world. Congratulations to Chloe Martinez '24, Rachel Burke '22, Joshua Pike '22, and Sebastian Rumpel '22 on completing the course and becoming certified open water divers!
Congratulations to Juan Rondeau '27 for winning this year's annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee! He will represent Miami-Dade County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on July 8 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
Congratulations to Kayla Dumas ‘21 for being selected by the Pinecrest Tribune as one of Pinecrest’s Positive People! Dumas has organized mission trips to the Dominican Republic to help orphans, is president of the Science National Honor Society, and has been accepted and offered scholarships to several universities.
Congratulations to Landon Glavach ‘21 for being chosen as one of Pinecrest’s Positive People by the Pinecrest Tribune! Glavach organized a math tutoring program for Westminster’s elementary school students, is involved in an ongoing effort to build a church in Colombia and has held a leadership role at Westminster for all four years of his high school career.
Congratulations to Macy Auerbacher '21 for being named one of Pinecrest's Positive People by the Pinecrest Tribune! Macy is co-president of the Junior Opera Guild, leads a fundraising effort to help struggling opera singers, is part of Westminster's varsity tennis team as well as the English Honor Society.
Congratulations to Saskia Hernandez '21 for being named one of Pinecrest's Positive People. Hernandez is a first-team all Miami-Dade volleyball player. She's earned many accolades throughout the years including Player of the Year and All Miami-Dade Athlete of the Year.
Congratulations to Claudia Pastrana, our elementary PLTW Launch and enrichment teacher, for being featured by the Village of Palmetto Bay during Women’s History Month. Pastrana has taught in Palmetto Bay for the last 13 years and has made great strides in science education and robotics.
For nearly 30 years, Dawn Palmer has been an educator. She’s worked at elementary schools in both Miami-Dade and Broward County, she’s taught at the collegiate level and is currently an English teacher at Westminster Christian School. While 30 years on the job can make for a lengthy resume, she’s not the only one in her family with a lot to say about education. For Palmer, teaching is a family trade.
The Caring for Chemo club at Westminster met last week to create care kits for patients receiving chemotherapy. The kits are meant to provide patients with items that will deliver a level of comfort as they undergo treatment.
Westminster's Society for Women Engineers, SWENext Warriors, participated in this year's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." The event, hosted by the University of Miami, is meant to inspire future female engineers. Anderson Bryan '22, Aria Upton '21, Mia Wells '22 and Mrs. Brianna Upton, the club's sponsor, logged on to the virtual event to partake in activities and discussion related to women in engineering.
For the second year in a row, two Westminster students, Melanie Deville '22 and Dante Martinez '22, were selected to represent Miami-Dade County and to compete against thousands of students from across the world at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May. This selection continues a long tradition of excellence in science at Westminster, which has sent over a dozen students to ISEF in the past decade.
Aside from dressing up and having fun during the elementary school's spirit week, students, parents and faculty worked together to "Share the Love" by collecting supplies such as clothes, hand sanitizer and grocery store gift cards for underserved and homeless men, women and children in our community.
This week, Westminster gathered both virtual and on-campus high school students to form the school’s first ever esports team. The students will form part of the PlayVS High School Esports League, a platform for amateur esports competitions.
This year, the elementary school robotics teams participated in a virtual VEX Robotics competition in which they competed against other schools for awards in excellence in robotics. The competition consisted of two matches that took place between December 9, 2020 and February 3, 2021.
Westminster alum Larry Gautier '76 has been selected to co-chair the City of Miami's 125th Anniversary along with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. Gautier, a local businessman and executive in the commercial real estate industry, is a descendant of one of Miami's founding families. The anniversary will be celebrated through a series of events leading up to July 28, the date on which the City was incorporated in 1896.
As an undergraduate at the University of Miami, Westminster high school English teacher Hannah North '09 had the privilege to be part of a program where she met once a week for a year with a Holocaust survivor. The overarching goal of the program was to document their stories and to help preserve their experiences for future generations.
David Solis, a supervisory special agent for the FBI and father of Sara Solis '26 and Nicolas Solis '25, visited Westminster this week. Solis spoke with middle school students about different specializations within the FBI and the important role they each play within an investigation.
Westminster Film students stole the show at the prestigious 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. Of the 17 film and animation awards earned in Miami-Dade County, eight awards were received by Westminster students. Scholastic is the nation's longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Congratulations to the following students:
Fourteen Westminster visual art students were selected for recognition at the prestigious 2021 Scholastic Art Awards Regional Competition, the nation's longest-running recognition program for creative teens. Congratulations to the following students:
Westminster Orchestra Director Adrian Gordon has been invited by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) to lead a session entitled, “Repertoire Reading Sessions: K-12 Orchestra Repertoire Under-Represented Composers Clinicians” during its annual conference in March. Gordon is one of only two directors in the country who have been asked to speak on this subject.
Calling all Warriors! We need your help! We are excited to announce that six students have artwork in this year's Pinecrest Garden's Art Exhibition titled "Indigenous Plants & People". Due to the pandemic, the public is allowed to vote virtually for their favorite artwork! Will you take a moment to vote for our students?