Junior Learns About History Through Civic Involvement
During Spring Break, Junior Anthony Garcia and fellow Homestead Mayor's Youth Council members joined Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough on a visit to Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery Alabama to learn more about the civil rights era. The group visited several historical sites and learned about this important time in history.
It was a fantastic showing from our Westminster History scholars at the Miami-Dade County History Fair Competition. This year's theme was "Taking a Stand in History." Our students had worked on their projects since October, researching and collecting primary and secondary sources to develop and defend their thesis orally, visually, in writing and performance. Students earned the following awards:
Two outstanding senior students, Erica Brenner and Valentina Saavedra, were chosen to each receive a P.E.O. STAR Scholarship award. The $2,500 scholarship was established in 2009 to assist exceptional high school seniors in their college careers. Erica and Valentina were selected for their excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success.
In a surprise ceremony during HS Chapel, senior Sophia Poveda was named a Foot Locker Scholar Athlete, earning her a $20,000 scholarship. The Foot Locker representative stated, "We received over 37,000 applications, and Sophia genuinely stood out as an exceptional student-athlete who's demonstrated promise on the field, in the classroom, and in her community."
Students Study Engineering of Sky Diving on Field Trip
The High School Engineering program sponsored a field trip for Engineering, Physics, and Calculus students to iFLY, a simulated sky diving experience. Ms. Upton and Mr. Mokher’s students participated in a presentation of the design principles of the wind tunnel and experimented calculating various velocities based on surface area and mass, including how water molecules break up under certain turbulent wind conditions.
Ucros '05 Passes on His Specialized Nursing Skills to Others
Juan Carlos Ucros '05 earned a BSN in Nursing at FIU and is continuing his career in obtaining his Master's in Nursing. He obtained vital experience working at Shands at UF which set the groundwork for his nursing skills. From there, Juan proceeded to work in the ICU at South Miami Hospital.
His experience gave him the opportunity to work in the Medical ICU at Duke University with Dr. Gilstrap and the division of pulmonary medicine. Juan worked with ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machines) and participated in Duke's plan of ambulating patients unable to breathe on their own with a portable lung. This practice gave him the aspiration to teach and mentor those wanting to obtain the same experiences.
Senior Valentina Saavedra's article, "Congratultions! You (haven't quite) Made It" was published in The Pinecrest Tribune, and reflects on the struggles students face with college acceptances. A WCS student since PK3, Valentina boasts an impressive list of college acceptances includeing Duke University, Boston University, Northeastern University, UM, UF, University of Maryland, and more. In addition, she was named "Oustanding Graduating Senior" at the 2017 Senior Awards Night. Congratulations!
Student Athletes Commit to Play at Collegiate Level
On Tues., Apr. 4, WCS Athletics hosted its Spring Signing Event, honoring an additional 10 athletes who have committed to play their respective sports at the collegiate level. To date, Westminster Christian's Class of 2017 has an impressive 20 athletic college commitments.
David Thompson '12 makes his Eastern League debut on the opening season roster at third base with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Binghamton, NY. The Rumble Ponies are a Double-A Affiliate of the MLB New York Mets.
Congratulations to senior Emily Garcia, Landon Glavach (8th grade) and Leila Hilliard (5th grade) for being selected as STAR students. These students were recognized at an awards luncheon hosted by Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) for their achievements in academics, community service, and as role models.
'14 Forbes Expresses Her Servant Heart on Nursing Mission Trip
When 2014 alumna Susie Forbes is not making headlines with the Palm Beach Atlantic volleyball team she is attending nursing school courses. However, her energy and enthusiasm for nursing doesn't end in the classroom; Susie, along with 30 other student nurses, recently spent their 2017 spring break on a missions trip in El Salvador.
Alumnus Rafael "Rafi" Jaffet ('15) graduated February 10, 2017 from the US Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Charlie Battery.
Rafi earned the position of honor graduate being in the top 10% of his graduating class. Additional honors include sharpshooter in rifle marksmanship classification and a certificate of achievement and meritorious acts.
Please note that the WCS Association Meeting has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, May 2. All school parents are members of the association and are invited to attend and hear directly from the WCS School Board.