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2021

  • September

    Canas '14 Associate Produces Netflix Film

    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.
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  • Westminster Alumni and Long-Time Friends Reunite in Seaside, FL

    Over Labor Day weekend, a group of Westminster alumni, who have remained friends for over 20 years, reunited in Seaside, FL.
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  • Enzo Menditto '22 Places Top 10 in Several Sailing Competitions

    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.
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  • Counselor's Corner: Dealing with Low Homework Grades

    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.
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  • Westminster Becomes Only School in the U.S. to Earn Microsoft Showcase Title for Five Consecutive Years

    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.
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  • August

    Emerald Scholars Welcomes New Class!

    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:
     

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  • Chapel mascots Elijah and Esther, and their two babies Eve and Enoch, remind students that God spreads His wings over His people to shelter us in times of storm.

    ES Students Start the Year by Praising God in Chapel

    John Bishop, Director of Spiritual Formation
    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!”
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  • Mrs. Pastrana Receives PLTW Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award

    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.
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  • John Bishop Joins Westminster Christian School as Director of Spiritual Formation

    Westminster Christian School has named John Bishop as director of spiritual formation effective July 1, 2021.
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  • July

    The Beacon Yearbook Staff Earns National Recognition

    Westminster's 2020-21 Beacon yearbook, Uncharted, received a First Class rating by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), established in 1921.
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  • Castano Steps Into Role of Admission Director

    Westminster Christian School has named Angela Castano as director of admission and enrollment management effective July 1, 2021. She replaces Lisa North who retired this past summer.
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  • Join Us at the Back to School Picnic!

    Mark your calendar for the Back to School Picnic and New Family Orientation sessions on Friday, August 6.  
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  • Share a Special Memory!

    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 msanchez@wcsmiami.org. We hope you will participate.
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  • June

    Maia Alvarez Ramirez

    Emerald Scholars Program Graduates First Class 

    For the first time ever, the class of 2021 included 14 students who graduated as Emerald Scholars. These students represent some of the high school’s most driven and brightest students. 
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  • Girls' Beach Volleyball - State Champions

    Warrior Athletics Has a Banner Year 

    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.
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  • May

    Faculty and Staff Celebrate Service Awards

    Congratulations to the following employees for their years of service at Westminster Christian School. Thank you for your continued commitment to the Warrior community. They are:
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  • Michael Riccio '21

    Students Receive Prestigious ISSF Star Award

    Congratulations to Michael Riccio ‘21, Celia Voges ’25 and Ethan de Moya ’28 for receiving this year’s coveted ISSF Star Award! 
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  • Ella Hannon Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Isabella Valdes Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Phillip "PJ" Newcomm Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Song of the Warriors Club Helps East Ridge Senior Living Community Celebrate Mother’s Day

    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. 
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  • Girls' Beach Volleyball Team Celebrates State Championship Victory

    Girls' Beach Volleyball Team Brings Home State Championship Title

    Congratulations to the girls' beach volleyball team for bringing home the State championship title this past weekend!
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  • High School Students Release Literary Magazine with "In the Eye of the Storm" Theme

    Westminster's highly-anticipated literary magazine, "Roots," is here! From the theme to the photography to the artwork and proses, this is a publication that you won't want to miss.
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  • April

    Andrew

    Andrew "AJ" Kern Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Nina Cuesta '21

    Nina Cuesta Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Westminster's Earth Day Celebration Features Student Art Show and the Wild Acre

    Elementary school students and parents celebrated Earth Day with "Our Earth, Our Art," an event featuring an earth-focused art fair.
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  • Elementary School Robotics Wins Five World Bids, Seven Awards

    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!
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  • Ana Vega '21

    Meet Westminster's 2021 Silver Knight Nominees

    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.
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  • Middle School Robotics Team Wins State Championship

    The middle school robotics teams competed at this year's VEX South Florida Championships in Naples, FL.
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  • Burke '22 Receives Award of Excellence at FAEA

    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.
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  • Charis Davis '22 -

    Student Artists Juried Into Surrealist Art Exhibition

    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."
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  • Nina Cuesta '21,

    Students Advance to the Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase

    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.
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  • Blake Davidson '21

    Blake Davidson '21 Awarded the NEHS College Scholarship

    Congratulations to Blake Davidson '21 for being selected as a recipient of the 2021 National English Honor Society (NEHS) scholarship!
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  • Join Us at the Spring Association Meeting

    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.
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  • Victoria Jimenez '27 - First Place Winner

    Middle School Students Read Almost 10,000 Pages for Competition

    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!
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  • Middle School Robotics Headed to the VEX World Championship

    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.
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  • March

    Student Club Brings Easter Joy to Children at Ronald McDonald House

    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.
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  • Middle School Robotics Headed to State Competition

    Congratulations to our middle school Warrior Robotics teams on being selected to participate in the South Florida VEX Robotics State Competition!
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  • Model UN Students Shine at FIU Conference

    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.
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  • Theater Students Make History

    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:
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  • Underwater Warriors Explore Reefs in Key Largo

    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!
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  • Juan Rondeau '27

    Juan Rondeau '27 to Represent Miami-Dade at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    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.
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  • Kayla Dumas Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Landon Glavach Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Macy Auerbacher Named One of Pinecrest's Positive People

    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.
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  • Saskia Hernandez Named One of Pinecrest's Postivie People

    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.
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  • Claudia Pastrana

    Palmetto Bay Honors Westminster Teacher During Women's History Month

    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.
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  • Dawn Palmer, English teacher at Westminster Christian School

    South Florida Family Continues Their Legacy in Education at Westminster Christian School

    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.  
     
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  • Caring for Chemo Club Creates Care Kits for Chemotherapy Patients

    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.
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  • Federal Agent Speaks to Students About FBI Careers

    David Solis, a supervisory special agent for the FBI, visited Westminster again to speak with high school students about the different career opportunities available within the Bureau.
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  • February

    Mia Wells '22

    SWENext Warriors Participate in Female-Focused Engineering Event

    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.
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  • Melanie Deville '22

    Westminster Pair Selected to Represent Miami-Dade at International Science Fair

    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.
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  • Elementary School Students Prepare Valentine's Day Care Packages for Underprivileged Families

    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.
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  • Westminster Kicks Off Its First Ever Esports Team

    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. 
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  • Team A (left to right): Manny Gonzalez, Karen Izqueirdo, TJ Arner, Valentina Rodriguez, and Valeria Hernandez - Excellence Award

    Elementary School Robotics Teams Win Awards at Competition

    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.
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  • Larry Gautier '76

    Westminster Alum Co-Chairs City of Miami's Anniversary Celebration

    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. 
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  • Westminster Teacher Shares Personal Experience with Holocaust Survivor with Students

    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.
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  • Special Agent David Solis speaks to students

    Middle School Students Learn From FBI Special Agent

    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.
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  • Student Athletes Take Part in National Signing Day

    This year, 10 outstanding student athletes at Westminster took part in National Signing Day. Congratulations to these students, their parents and their coaches on this significant accomplishment:
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  • Isabella Valdes '21

    Students Earn Scholastic Awards in Film and Animation

    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:
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  • Visual Art Students Make an Impression at Scholastic Art Awards

    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:
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  • January

    Westminster Orchestra Director Adrian Gordon

    Westminster Orchestra Director Selected as Conference Speaker

    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.
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  • Vote Now for Westminster Students in Art Competition!

    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?
     
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