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The Medusa Myth Exam

January 24, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

IMG_7772_On Monday, December 12, 2016, several of Westminster Academy’s Latin eighth, ninth, and tenth-grade students participated in the National Medusa Mythology Exam.

The Medusa Myth Exam is given to students from sixth to twelfth grade around the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. We are proud to announce that three of our students placed out of the thousands competing this year.

Ava Gaus and Jordan Greene received the “Corona Olivae” and Christine Kamm received the Silver Medal. Congratulations!

Middle School Robotics, Shark A-Tech, Wins Third Place

January 5, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , ,

15541118_1871962789689835_6548535469320721715_nOn Saturday, December 17, the rookie middle school robotics FTC Team 11204 Shark A-Tech attended their second competition at Cypress Bay High School. There were 23 other teams in attendance from the south Florida area. Team Shark A-Tech, led by drivers Trevor Coningsby, Philip Moody, and student coach Jack Joannou, competed well throughout the competition, and finished a satisfying third!

Up next for Shark A-Tech is the team interview with the FTC judges on Saturday, January 21. This is affectionately known as Judgement Day. After that is the South Florida FTC League Championship on Saturday, January 28, at Western High School. Come on out and support your middle school sharks!

High School Robotics News

December 13, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

Steamworks2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff

Kickoff marks the beginning of the high school robotics design and build season. On Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. our high school robotics team will meet in the Upper School Media Center to hear about the new game FIRST STEAMWORKS. Parts will be gathered from a remote site and will be unveiled during the lunch hour. In the afternoon we will begin designing and building our game strategy and our new robot. The team will have just 6 weeks to complete the design and construction of the 2017 robot. For more information view the teaser video for STEAMWORKS.

Motorola Solutions Innovation Showcase

Our high school robotics team was invited to participate in the Motorola Solutions Innovation Showcase on Thursday, December 8. The purpose of this showcase was to celebrate and demonstrate the great innovations that Motorola Solutions is making in the communications industry and to celebrate and showcase the innovations and successes of Motorola Solutions great charitable outreach. This event was huge and our team had to walk approximately one mile within the plant to reach our assigned station for demonstrations. Our team was also there to raise awareness of the FIRST robotics among Motorola Solutions employees and to provide an opportunity for new volunteers to join FIRST robotics. Several team members demonstrated our 2016 competition robot and talked to many Motorola engineers and technicians about FIRST Robotics, our robot, and our team. Three other FIRST Robotics Competition teams from the South Florida area also made presentations. In total, Motorola Solutions Foundation supports Ten FRC teams in South Florida, making them the largest industrial sponsor of high school robotics in South Florida. They are always among our team’s greatest supporters as well. FRC Team 744 – Shark Attack is extremely thankful for Scott Greven (our Motorola Solutions mentor) and for the financial and technical support that Motorola Solutions provides to our team. All members of the demonstration team were given a guided tour of the prototype lab and adjacent areas and offered a chance to shadow engineers in their work over the summer.

Thank you to our demonstration team – Connor Bachan, Isaac Hobby, Jennae Katic, Sebastian Molina, and Jared Yu. They represented our school in exemplary fashion.

Fourth & Fifth-Grade Spelling Bee

December 1, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags:

IMG_4786On Tuesday, November 29, the Lower School had the fourth and fifth-grade spelling bee. The students were well-prepared and excited to show their spelling expertise. The spelling lasted for 16 rounds. Words such as “algae,” “gnarled,” and “equestrian”  were spelled correctly to advance students to the final round. Gabrielle Cammarata won the spelling bee with the word “javelin.” Hannah Middleton came in second place, and Samy Joseph won third place. Gabrielle Cammarata will represent Westminster Academy in the 2016–2017 Miami Herald spelling bee in the spring.

Congratulations to:

First place: Gabrielle Cammarata, 5th grade
Second place: Hannah Middleton, 5th grade
Third place: Samy Joseph, 5th grade

Spelling Bee Participants:

  • Gabrielle Cammarata
  • James Cochrane
  • Lucas Greenwood
  • Luna Guzman
  • Jasper Hooker
  • Fabrice Jacques
  • Laura Johnson
  • Angela Joro
  • Samy Joseph
  • Ellisa Kim
  • Mia Kostelidis
  • Nina MacClugage
  • Hannah Middleton
  • Carolina Molina
  • Raquel Molina
  • Ali Natt
  • Tanner Pritchard
  • Emma Rosetti
  • Virginia Scasserra
  • Ivy Scicchitano
  • Elena Vanden Berge

2016 Lower School Science Fair

November 17, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

Science Fair WinnersThe fourth and fifth grades have been working hard on this year’s Science Fair. Each class conducted a Science Fair experiment, and the fourth and fifth-grade students also conducted an individual experiment. Our fifth-grade students presented their project to two judges on Wednesday, November 9. The judges were very impressed by all of the hard work, scientific thought, and creative display boards, making their job of deciding the top three very difficult. The boards were displayed in the Lower School hallway through November 16. The winners and classroom projects will be displayed in the Lower School hallway on Grandparents’ Day, Friday, November 18. A special thank you to all of our judges: Mr. Alise, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Geiger, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Pierce, and Mrs. Walker.
4th Grade Winners

  • 1st: Liliana Alise – Drop and Stop
  • 2nd: David Ulrich – Can I Swallow My Bubble Gum? – Digestion: Myth or Fact
  • 3rd: Lea Miller – Crystal Growth

5th Grade Winners

  • 1st: Colin Happ – Hold on Tight
  • 2nd: Noelle Gregoriou – Get the Sensation
  • 3rd: Ava Scicchitano – The Milky Way
  • Honorable Mentions
    • Gabrielle Cammarata – Color Crazy
    • Hannah Giunto – Drinks vs “Egg” namel: Who will be the Winner?
    • Raquel Molina – Hidden Colors
    • Virginia Scasserra – Plant Wars
    • Alex Kozich – Sink or Float
    • Sammy Joseph – The Absorbing Mania
    • Lars Korthals – The Fizz
    • Hannah Adderly – Tint Mint

First Tournament for Shark-Byte – FLL Robotics Team

November 17, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , ,

Robotics - Team work 2On Saturday, November 5, Westminster Academy’s FIRST® LEGO® League robotics team #23808: “Shark-Byte” (formerly the ‘Westy-bots’), competed in their very first practice tournament sponsored by the “Ninjineers” of American Heritage School.

The five Shark-Byte team members spent the first half of their day gaining experience in judging sessions related to robot design, FIRST® Core Values, and the Animal Allies theme project. While blindfolded, our team successfully worked together to quickly organize themselves in order of shoe size during the teamwork challenge. In a later judging session, Lucas Greenwood shared our team’s robot design strategy and expertly answered follow-up questions posed by the judges. Stephen Seckinger and William Moreland also helped the team by enthusiastically and clearly communicating the team’s problem-solving strategy for the team project to the judges. Finally, Hannah Middleton scored points with the judges when she shared her understanding of the meaning of the FIRST® core value of “Gracious Professionalism.”

Each team member also contributed to three successful robot matches. Nicholas Galgano’s expert robot building skills provided the team with a solid and dependable robot during the competition, Stephen, worked diligently to write new programs so that the team could try new robot tasks and Hannah, William, and Lucas prepared and aligned the robot so that it could perform its tasks. While many of our competitors allowed only two team members to have hands-on time during the robot matches, our team choreographed a plan to swap out team members during the match so that all Shark-Byte team members were able to participate.

The teamwork demonstrated by Shark-Byte throughout the day was noticed and appreciated by the judges, and earned the team the FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values award! The team had a great day working and learning together and will put that to good use as they prepare for the qualifying tournament which will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Go Shark-Byte!

Christian College Fair

September 8, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

On Monday, September 12, Westminster Academy will be hosting the Christian College Fair. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the gym. Over 25 colleges and universities, including Liberty University, Wheaton College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and many others will be represented at this fair.

We encourage students to take this opportunity to explore these excellent schools and talk to the representatives of each of these colleges.