UPDATE 2/20/18: All ES Warrior Robotics teams have earned a ticket to the World Championship. The Fourth and Fifth Grade teams earned their bids this weekend while competing at States. In addition, the Fifth Grade team won the State Excellence Award, and the Fourth Grade Boys Team won the Think Award. -------------- Congratulations to the Fourth Grade Girls Robotics Team who earned both the STEM Research Project Award and the Design Award this past weekend at the Second Annual RoboSlam Miami, earning them two bids to Vex IQ Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY from April 29 to May 1. Team members are: Gaby Gonzalez, Sara Espitia, Reva Eikenberg, Ilysa Hilliard, Gigi Artiles, Gabriella Martin, Zoe De Varona, and Kaitlyn Walker.
Congratulations to Brejah Upton ’18 on being named a Finalist in the prestigious 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. This designation is reserved for top performing students with high potential for future academic accomplishment. We are proud of you!
Two WCS Middle School VEX Robotics teams earned an invitation to the State Championship! In their first year, students had to overcome learning to build and program the VEX Robotics System and competing against mostly high school teams. The WCS teams consistently finished in the top half of each competition and were always one of the top middle school teams at each event.
After making numerous appearances with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Grammy award-winning John Easterlin '80, is back home in Miami making his Florida Grand Opera debut in Salome at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Back stage following a standing ovation performance, there was a happy Westminster Christian School mini reunion with WCS alum (as pictured L to R): Linda Blackburn Brown '80, John Easterlin '80, Scott McDuff '80, Kelly Cochran McDuff '81, Beverley McLellan Barrios '79, and Rebecca Barrios '13.
Kipper, the piglet, was excited to meet our WCS preschoolers! Kipper lives in the Barn where students were able to feed and pet him. The highlight, however, was when the students each had a turn to run around the field with him and Mr. Heetderks. They learned many facts about pigs, which they have been excited to share with family and friends.
Merrett Fay ’15 still finds time to explore his talents and passion around the world even as a sophomore enrolled in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications Innovation Academy.
Amanda Maier '19 is the WCS Ambassador for HIS House, a local organization that provides residential care for at-risk children in a campus home-like setting and foster homes in the community. In this capacity, she has raised nearly $900 to benefit the children helped by this organization. She has used the funds to purchase gifts for 21 children during the Holiday season. In addition, she hosted a Halloween party for the children where they enjoyed candy, pizza, drinks and a movie. She's grateful to her fellow WCS friends and families who have generously donated to this cause and made these events possible.
Alumnae Alexa Mora '13 and Rebecca Barrios '13 are living the dream. They are working for Compassion International and traveling the country helping over 3,000 children find sponsors. They were partnered on road together for five weeks and got to explore the country together. California, Tennessee, Idaho, and Ohio are some of the states that they have visited.
Olivia de Olazarra '18 and her skipper, Tucker Weed, won the C420 US National Championship in Cape Cod this summer. Sailing against 150 teams from across the United States and Canada, they were consistent through the 3 days of racing to take the title by 10 points.
Should we give our kids incentives to boost academic performance? Some would say, “It works!” Yes…but:
• When “it works,” does the higher grade indicate a positive shift in values and priorities? • Does an uptick in the GPA translate into a life-skill that will remain stable over time – on into college, a career, or life in general? • By what means was this better grade obtained?
Mrs. Castano's HS Creative Writing students completed a collaborative writing project with students in Mrs. Forjan's second grade class. Each HS student worked with two or three second grade students to write an original fairy tale, creating a book complete with illustrations.
High School students in the Principles of Engineering class traveled to Homestead’s City Hall to view master plans for the downtown renovation project. They visited the construction site of the upcoming Homestead Station, which will house the world’s first Cybrary. Each student experienced the technology behind the Cybrary’s leading attraction: the virtual reality cube. Additionally, students were able to talk to the mayor of Homestead, members of city council, city planners, and IT specialists.
Congratulations to Emily Silva ’18 for being selected as a Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipient. This program recognizes high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership.