The University of Miami Chemistry Department published research by Westminster Honors Science Research Program student Annalise Garrido '23 on "The Effect of Differing Concentrations of Berberine Upon the Mobility of Parkinson’s Induced Drosophila melanogaster.
Ariel Brown-Ogha '23 and Nina Cuesta '21 received awards at the statewide Salvador Dali Museum Student exhibition: Irrational Technology. Brown-Ogha received the High School Honorable Mention for her graphite drawing "Adelina," and Cuesta received the High School Excellence Award for her colored pencil drawing "Old Juice."
The classes of 2023 and 2021 both collected donations to provide lunch to first responders in our community. The class of 2023 catered Chick-fil-A for nurses and medical staff at Jackson South on National Nurse Day, and the class of 2021 delivered Chick fil-A to two Palmetto Bay Fire Stations on Wednesday, May 22.
Louie, the bearded dragon, usually lives in Mrs. Gordon's science classroom during the school year. However, when teaching and learning transitioned online, Louie decided to go on vacation and has been enjoying two week stays at students' homes who volunteered to be pet hosts. He is currently hanging out with seventh grade student Kate Murphy.
Visit the Remote Learning Video Library for a collection of videos produced by various members of the Westminster community that highlight the work of students and teachers during remote learning and teaching. You will find chapels by campus, several end-of-year celebrations, peformances, virtual displays and more!
The Westminster Christian School A Cappella group is looking for students in grades 9-12 who love to sing but may not have been involved with choir or fine arts before. Ability to read music is preferred but not necessary. Send Mr. Daniel Shafer a one minute video of you singing a song of your choice a cappella (without accompaniment).
Congratulations to the visual art students whose work was selected for exhibition at the prestigious Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. They are: Ariel Brown-Ogha '23, Camila Valdes '23, Krista Hannon '23, Lili Diaz-Silveira '22, Nathan Jones '23, and Nina Cuesta '21.
Seventeen students in grades 6, 7, and 8 participated in the Reading Challenge BINGO contest and read a total of 7,992 pages! The top three winners each read four books and will receive a $100 gift card. They are: Christian Amadeo, Alexa Arner, and Gabriella Martin. The following students read two books each and will receive $20 gift cards:
“Roots” is Westminster’s high school literary magazine, edited and designed by an all-student staff and sponsored by the English Department. Check out the unique fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and photography created by current WCS high school students and staff. You won't be disappointed!
Elementary students have taken Mrs. Heetderks' art challenge and let their creativity run wild! Take a moment to watch how students recreate famous works of art while learning from home during the pandemic.
Update: Anne and her team have distributed over 800 masks to health care workers and facilities in our community, and are now working on medical grade masks in collaboration with doctors from the University of Florida. Click "Read More" to see new video and list of recipients.
When elementary art teacher Anne Heetderks saw the need for masks among health care workers, she knew she could help. With fabric, a design and her sewing machine she got to work. Soon her husband, Doug Heetderks, and daughter Elise, joined her by pleating the masks, adding elastic bands, and more. As other employees and Westminster families heard about what Anne was doing, an assembly line grew, each taking a portion of the task. So far, her team has made and delivered more than 200 masks, with at least another 400 in the works. Every day her team of volunteers grows as does the demand.
Westminster senior Rebekah Raffalski made her final neighborhood collection for Feed Miami, before heading off to college in the fall. Since 2009, she along with family and friends have devoted time, energy and financial support to Feed Miami, which distributes 5,000 pounds of food per month to four local non-profit organizations.
Congratulations to the Westminster's Model UN Team for their first time participating in the MIAMIUN conference hosted at Palmer Trinity. Three students came away with awards: Delano Cicconi (Honorable Mention), Adrianna Romanelli (Most Improved), and Camila Valdes. Below is the list of the Westminster team.
AP Seminar students Leila Barket, James Lee, Aria Upton, and Charlotte Leigh toured Department of Homeland Security’s Krome Detention Center with Assistant Chief Counsel Rodion Tadenev. They met DHS attorneys and a supervisory detention and deportation officer who shared about the intricacies of the law and the value of critical thinking in determining truth and credibility.
As a testament to the excellence of its science program and the hard work of its students, six of the 20 Miami-Dade students selected to compete at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in March are from Westminster Christian School. They are: Melanie Deville ‘22, Peter Frometa ‘22, Annalise Garrido ‘23, Isabella Gonzalez ‘23, Manuela Londono '23, and Dante Martinez ‘22. They were selected from the more than 1,000 students who competed at the 65th Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair in February.
Congratulations to Elara Sirulnik ‘31, Karen Izquierdo ‘28 and Anthony Bender ’27 for being accepted in the 2020 Youth Fair Fine Arts Division Student Exhibition. Their artwork will be on display at the Youth Fair from March 12 - April 5. In addition Sirulnik won second place among all first grade students, and Izquierdo won first place among all fourth grade students.
Congratulations to the Sarah Gutierrez ‘22, Samuel Bofill ’21, and Isabela Gonzalez ’20 for being accepted in the 2020 Youth Fair Fine Arts Division Student Exhibition! The artwork of these HS Art students will be framed and on display at the Youth Fair from March 12 - April 5. In addition, Samuel Bofill ’21 won first place among all 11th grade students for his piece, “Patience.”
Congratulations to Jalyn Cronkrite ‘24 for being accepted in the 2020 Youth Fair Fine Arts Division Student Exhibition. Jaylin's painting will be framed and on display at the Youth Fair from March 12 - April 5
Congratulations to the three Middle School Warrior Robotic teams that recently competed at the VRC Middle School State Championships in Lakeland. Team 33157C (Francisco Arango, Jacob Dumas, Kyler Salony, Ashley Gomez, Ruben Orellana, and Emilio Banuelos) made it through several rounds before being eliminated in quarterfinals, while Team 33157A (Cole Woodward, Pablo Cardenal, and Michael Shire) won the Amaze Award for its well-rounded and top performing robot and for making it to the finals.
The top five students in Westminster’s Geography Bee, eighth grade students Vittoria Santana, Luke Glavach, Samantha Foreman, Grace Davis, and Nick Bracke recently competed at The Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) Annual Middle School Geography Bee at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club. The team did remarkably well despite not having competed at the district level in quite some time.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of senior Lucas Alvarez on Sunday, February 16, due to a boating accident in the Keys. A Westminster student since middle school, Lucas was loved by many and was known for being kind to everyone. He was a captain of the lacrosse team and had planned on attending Universal Technical Institute in Orlando after graduation. In honor of his passing, all lacrosse games scheduled for this week have been postponed.
Last week Tania Tetlow, President of Loyola University New Orleans, visited Westminster. She spoke to the High School Leadership team about her life experiences and becoming the first female president at Loyola.
On Saturday, February 1 a group of WCS alumni visited the campus and had a brunch with Mr. David Medder and other staff. They enjoyed sitting together in the WorldWonder Nature Center and then went on a tour of the campus led by Mr. Medder.
The Aerospace Engineering class traveled to Boeing’s Flight Services Training Facility in Virginia Gardens. This facility provides commercial pilots with the vital training required to operate and maintain airplanes safely and efficiently.
Westminster Elementary students used their weekly "noisy offering" collection to raise more than $2,600 to bring a Christmas celebration to the children of East Grand Bahama who were devastated by Hurricane Dorian. In addition to collecting their loose change, students and families donated more than $1,400 in Christmas gifts.