With the help of parents, first grade students built rockets during science class over the last several weeks. The culmination of the project was celebrated on Friday, May 19, with Blastoff Day, where students experienced the fruits of their labor. Students followed a checklist for a successful launch from the home base of the baseball field.
Sprinkle '18 To Conduct Research at UM in Summer Program
WCS junior Hannah Sprinkle '18 has been accepted to participate in the HHMI High School Scholars Research Program at the University of Miami this summer. This is an exciting opportunity for students with a passion for science to gain hands-on research experience. Students work in teams to conduct biomedical research over the course of seven weeks, mentored by University of Miami professors. Hannah was selected to work researching cancer.
Upton Accepted Into Top Summer Engineering Programs; Selects MIT
Junior Brejah Upton applied to and was accepted into the prestigious summer engineering programs at MIT, Stanford, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. She selected to attend the six-week 2017 Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) Program at MIT beginning on June 10.
Young Warrior Entrepreneurs Participate in Local Business Fair
On April 29, at Dadeland Mall, 23 Westminster ES and MS students participated in the first annual Children's Business Fair sponsored by Product With Purpose. These young entrepreneurs, worked all year creating business plans, business cards, flyers, and calculating their costs and margins. All of these assignments were part of the students' classwork during TechTime. During this class, students learn authentic technology skills and work on innovative learning activities that reach beyond the school walls and into the community.
As we come to the end of the school year, there are so many donors and volunteers that we wish to thank, but there are four parents who are becoming alumni parents who are deserving of special recognition. They are:
WCS has hired Florida native Ed Holly to lead the school’s football program. A 25-year coaching veteran with experience at virtually every level of football competition, Holly has spent the last year as the defensive coordinator at East Mississippi Community College.
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.
Are you a Westminster parent who would love to share with visiting new parents about your Westminster experience? Are you available for three Wednesday mornings and one Tuesday morning from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM, and one Wednesday afternoon for an Open House, to lead a tour of interested prospective parents on the campus with which you are most involved? Our visitors want to hear about your experiences here at Westminster.