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NHS Walks For Lauderdale Lakes Alzheimer’s Care Center

April 5, 2017 Posted in: Student Life Tags:

IMG_0502The National Honor Society has a special relationship with the Lauderdale Lakes Alzheimer’s Care Center. Throughout the year NHS visits the center with around 20 students to spend time with the seniors. NHS members, led by chairman Megan Kinsella, sing hymns and create crafts with the residents. The culmination of this relationship is the NHS sponsored Walk to raise money for the Center.

On Friday, March 24 the National Honor Society hosted a Walk to benefit the Lauderdale Lakes Alzheimer’s Care Center. This year NHS raised over $5,600! All member raised money. We had 99% participation in the event. Students wore their NHS shirts and after school made their way out to the West Campus to walk for support of the Center.

Chairman Kayla McCracken and others will be recognized at the Lauderdale Lakes City Commission meeting in April. Several directors from the center came out to participate as well. Congratulations students for raising such a generous amount for the Alzheimer’s Center.

A special thank you goes to Offerdahl’s for donating bagels for those who participated in the Walk.

Fight The New Drug

March 29, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

IMG_0031_On Tuesday, March 28 grades 7-8 and 9-12 participated in a very important discussion at an assembly entitled “Fight The New Drug.” This dynamic presentation about the addictive effect of pornography was presented to our two groups of students independently, so as to maintain age-appropriate content.

During their time the students heard how the brain is chemically activated and the reality of the comparison of this visual stimulant with substance abuse. The message was clear that this is not a victimless behavior, as human trafficking also plays a large role in the proliferation of pornography in our culture. They also came to understand how technology and the internet have played a major role in expanding pornography. The program was highly interactive and the students were very responsive. The program culminated in several students making the “Fighter Pledge,” and literally hundreds of students signing their names on the Fighter Banner.

We pray that God will protect and deliver our students and our culture from this relationship-killing drug. Parents are invited to see the over 18 version of this program at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 30, at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

Miami Herald Spelling Bee

March 16, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

IMG_69291On March 14, fifth-grade student, Gabrielle Cammarata represented the Westminster Academy Lower School, and Jade Klacko represented the Westminster Academy Upper School in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee.

The spelling bee was held in Davie where more than 375 public and private school students attended. In addition to improving students’ spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise – a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts and athletics. We are thankful for Jade and Gabrielle’s hard work and in representing Westminster Academy.

Robotics Team 744 Shark Attack Busy During The Summer

August 13, 2015 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

IMG_1595The Robotics Team began the summer with a Robotics Clinic that included courses in Java programming for robotics, a short course on electrical wiring and pit management, a short course on build season strategy, driving, and promotions, and a weekend driving clinic. More than thirty students gained from the wisdom and knowledge of MIT engineering student and WA alumnus, Alex Danielsen and WA students Louie Rondino, Chad Tucker, Alex Warters and Mark Yoder.

Recognized as one of the top robotics teams in the world this year, Team 744 was invited to participate in the Indiana Robotics Invitational, on July 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is an illustrious event where the most competitive teams from across the country and internationally, come together for two days of team competition. We were able to send a small delegation from our team to represent Team 744, Westminster Academy, and the State of Florida. FRC Team 744 was indeed honored to compete with the best robotics teams in the world and was able to learn some great lessons from these teams.

On August 10, Shark Attack was invited to participate in Robotics Day at Motorola. Motorola Solutions Foundation is a major sponsor of several robotics teams in the FIRST Robotics program. Team 744 is blessed to be one of those teams. On Monday, we joined several other sponsored teams demonstrating robots and answering questions posed by the Motorola engineers as they visited (and were recruited as mentors) by the various teams. A number of the engineers tried their hand at driving our robot and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We are thankful for the support of Motorola Solutions Foundation and their dedication to financially backing the FIRST Robotics program at Westminster Academy. We would also like to thank Motorola Mobility Foundation for their support.

In the next few months, Team 744-Shark Attack will be competing in Mission Mayhem and Panther Prowl competitions that will be taking place in September and October. Please look for announcements on upcoming events and contact Mr. Kent Stolley if you have a specific interest in supporting our Robotics program.